Price paid: $ 141.41
Purchased from: Axemusic.com
Sound — 9
It suits my style pretty well, I play a lot of System Of A Down, Megadeth, pretty much all types of rock. I'm using it with a Kustom KGA10 10 watt amp, and this guitar really matches it for the SOAD tone. I sometimes run it through a Jim Dunlop Crybaby, and it sounds pretty good, but like most guitars it get noisier with high gain and the toe up. With this guitar I can get a really full sounding power chords, on neck and both pickup setting. With the bridge pickup on I can get a really nice lead sound, great for those Megadeth solos and System tone. I actually like to play around with solos on the neck pickup though, because it gives a really neat digital tone, kind of like Protest The Heros lead guitarist. I give it a 9 because it probably can't compare to a Gibson, but it gets the job done well.
Overall Impression — 10
This guitar matches the music I play very good. I have been playing since December 2005 and I own a Kustom KGA10, a Crybaby, and a Barricuda Stratocaster copy. I wish I had had a chance to try this guitar before I bought it but overall I think I made a good choice buying it, especially since it only cost me 270 CDN. I really only bought this guitar because of its looks, but the sound and quality of this guitar amazed me. It may be short on features, but it certainly is a great guitar. If this were stolen I probably wouldn't buy this guitar again, only because I would want something knew, I would probably go for a IC400, or an Epiphone SG. Overall a great guitar.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I have only had this guitar for about a month and a half, but it seems like it will hold up for a very long time. The first day I had this guitar I dropped and I thought for sure that the lower horn thing would snap off, but not even a scratch. The headstock and the finish have so far lasted really good, even though I am always bumping into things. I don't like how the strap buttons are placed; there is one behind the neck and one underneath the little tail thing. The buttons themselves are good, but my strap twists and so I have to be careful that I don't drop the guitar until I get myself some straplocks. The finish will definitely last a long time. I could easily depend on this guitar at a gig without a backup, but it is probably not a good idea to do that.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The setup was pretty good when it arrived, but I raised the action a little (which was really easy) because it had annoying fret buzz, mostly on the low E and A string, but there was some buzz on the high E, only on the first fret. That was the most dissapointing thing about this guitar. Otherwise the guitar came to me in perfect condition.
Features — 9
I don't know what year this guitar was made in but it has 22 frets, mahogany body, sunburst finish, Ibanez Full Tune III bridge and Quik Change III tailpiece, Infinity 3 and 4 pickups (H/H), one volume knob, one tone knob, Ibanez non-locking tuners. It came with a cable, and a allen key. I don't like how it only has one volume knob and one tone knob, because I can't pull of those Tom Morello and Buckethead pickup cut out solos and such, but otherwise it is regular features.