Price paid: $ 75
Purchased from: Craigslist.org
Sound — 9
I play a style consisting mainly of 80s to 90s heavy metal and blues. Depending on the amp and effects you have it fit's that style. I'm using a First Act M2A110 amp with a Zoom G1 effects pedal with it and it sounds pretty good. It's a pretty loud guitar in general even acoustically. The guitar is really good with natural and pinch harmonics.
Overall Impression — 8
My heavy metal/blues style works really well with it. The guy I got it from on craigslist played a classic rock style so he gave it up to metal players because it has great distorion! I've been playing since December 15, 2007 but that doesn't matter because this guitar is great for beginner and advanced players. I also own a Drive Wildfire guitar, a Zoom G1 effects pedal, a First Act M2A110 amp, a Rogue SX100B bass and a Titn Xl-300 bass amp. If This Guitar were to be stolen or lost I would definitely buy another one if I could find one somewhere cheap like I did. I love evrything about it except the nick in the 4th fret I told about. My favorite feature is probably the clean neck since I do a lot of Malmsteen shredding. I didn't really compare with anything else because I was really desperate for a guitar at that point in time. A few things I wish it had would be a killswitch and an Ibanez Edga Pro Tremolo bridge and locking tuners. Overall it's a great guitar!
Reliability & Durability — 9
I've played tons gigs with this axe so it's durable during them. The hardware has lasted me a while so far. The strap buttons work well unless you make them not work good. I completely depend on this guitar it's one I use during practice and gigs. The finish iis really great I've accidenally spilled liqiuds on it and nothing happened to it at all!
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
The action is not that bad but there is an indent in the 4th fret due to low action. The pickups were aligned without me needing to make any adjustments to them. The top was bookmatched very well and the bridge is ok not the best with routing. Also the pickup selector is a little noisy.
Features — 8
I'm not sure what year it was made in but it was made in USA. It Has 22 frets with a rosewood fretboard. It's a solid top with Alder wood. It has a rare Orange finish that's a smooth Strat style. It has a basic Ibanez Tremolo bridge. It has Passive electronics.volume and Tone controls and a %-way selector Switch. The bridge pickup is a Ibanez stock pickup. The middle pickup and neck pickup are Ibanez single coil pickups. Non-locking tuners made by Ibanez. There was a gig bag and strap included with it.