Price paid: $ 250
Purchased from: guitar center
Sound — 6
I played it through a 150 watt Marshall AVT series half stack. For metal it is a tough act to beat but in terms of versatility it does'nt exactly Shine. Some slight buzz at high volume but nothing a little more volume can't fix. The basswood body naturaly lends itself to a deep dark sounds that are sought after by metal heads and hard rockers alike. When ever you moved while playing the guitar on high volume, every little creak produces by the guitar comes through the amp which isnt the coolest thing ever. This guitar is a one trick poney.
Overall Impression — 6
I play just about every style of music for about 4 years though I have moved on and purchased a far superrior guitar to this one it was a good first electric guitar for the money.
Reliability & Durability — 6
The guitar will last as long as you take care of it. This is probably the best advice I can give you after having it for 2 years.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The action was nice and low straight out of the box and the pickups are easily adjustable with a philips screw driver. Basswood by nature is easily dinged and dented so if you give this guitar a beating its going to show especially on that shiny black finish. The electronics wont hold up for much longer than a year if you are rough with it, but it isn't that big a deal to fix. The guitar is very noisey in every aspect of the word.
Features — 4
This particular model is made in korea i believe, has a 22 fret rosewood fretboard on a lightly finished 4-bolt maple neck. It has a black singlebound basswood body with two Ibanez powersound humbuckers in cheesey chrome/plastic mounting rings and a 3 way toggle Switch. A plastic nut, run of the mill tuners and hardware that leaves a little bit to be desired. Nothing overly special in the features department.