Sound — 10
I play a wide range of styles, from jazz right through to chugging metal. Currently I've got the Iceman running through a DigiTech Hardwire TL-2 Metal Distortion into a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe amp. When played clean, the guitar is surprisingly full and rich, giving wonderful sustain and beautiful response. Add in a little reverb, switch to the neck pickup and enjoy some smooth blues lines; play dry on the bridge and a snappy tone jumps from underneath your fingers. But enough about the cleans. By looking at the shape, you know this guitar is all about rock! And it delivers rock and metal tones in spades. With my Hardwire pedal engaged, the tones are second to none, really. You would honestly never think the D-Activators are passive, such are their ferocity and bite. I can get everything from a rich solo tone to a blistering rhythm attack with this guitar. Absolutely nothing bad to say about this guitar in terms of sound; a 10 in this category as well.
Overall Impression — 10
I play everything from Jack Johnson to Megadeth, and I can get any tone I like out of the Iceman. I've been playing for just over three years now, and this is definitely the best guitar I've owned (not as good as it seems; my last setup was a Squier Strat into a Line 6 Spider III). If it were stolen or lost, I would hunt down and retrieve it, whatever the cost! The best things about it are the wonderful pickups and the incredible neck, and of course the cool shape. I wish I'd got it in white, though, as I love white guitars! This guitar has got to get full marks overall. Highly recommended.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar seems like a great workhorse, something I can really depend on. Strapped on, it balances a treat and the strap buttons are in no danger of falling off. Everything seems durable so far, but I'm giving this category a 9 because the aforementioned painted-on binding looks like it will rub off eventually.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Overall, the guitar was great when it came out of the box. My model is black with a white binding around the body, but upon closer inspection I discovered the binding was in fact just paint, which was disappointing. Also, the action straight out of the box was just a touch too low, and quite buzzy, but I've had it five months now and it sorted itself out within two or three days, so that wasn't a major problem. All the hardware was nicely set up; the bridge was great, the tuners were fine. I'll give this a 9 because of the binding and the out-of-the-box action (although it seems a little harsh!)
Features — 10
The ICT700 is the new Iceman model from Ibanez. It's a 24 fret metal monster, with the speedy Wizard II neck for shredding on, a mahogany body, reverse headstock, and best of all, two DiMarzio D-Activator pickups. Yes please! My guitar came ready strung in a well built Ibanez hard case with a free cable. Can't think of much else to say here... I'm giving this a 10 because it does just what it says on the tin really.