Purchased from: Watermelon Music
Sound — 7
The Ibanez IJX40 offers a fairly wide range of souns qualities. It sounds best on low deep notes. It has a fair amount of distortion but not enough to play much of any metal. The amp will also whine when the gain is turned all the way up. This guitar can range from playing funk to rock but it lacks the ability to create anything spectacular. It has a pretty full sound until you put on a lot of distortion which is when it starts to lose some fullness, but it doesn't lose a lot. The biggest deal is probably it's lack of ability to create much noise while palm muting.
Overall Impression — 8
I play industrial metal which doesn't match with this guitar but I'm still a beginner so it's ok. I do highly recommend this as a first guitar since it comes with a ton of stuff, a good amp and a durably guitar that isn't too fragile. If you are more talented though I suggest this guitar only to people Who want to play something either funk or just regular rock since you can't shred much with it. One thing I do like is that it actually has "volume" and "tone" written on the knobs for them and not just plain black ones for you to figure out. The cord falling out does get pretty annoying but it is fixable in an open space. If stolen or broken I'd recommend getting something else so you don't end up with 2 amps 2 tuners 2 cases 2 of everything that wasn't stolen. Unless you want all that. If youve had it for awhile (over 4-5 months) I recommend getting a guitar more suited in the direction of music your interested in playing. This is a pretty good well rounded guitar, great for beginners!
Reliability & Durability — 8
It's pretty durable. The clear plastic coating comes off easily near the screws but other than that itsa pretty well built guitar. I still wouldn't use it in a gig without a backup or at a gig at all seeing as how the cord often comes undone. It's not for live shows but mainly for practice.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
The only real flaw I found was on the cord between the guitar and the amp, it doesn't really want to stay in. If you are pulling on it too much (which isnt that much) or have the cord at a weird angle the sound might not make it to the amp which sucks when your in the midst of playing a song. Also occasionaly when your playing in the farthest pickup you occasionally hit the volume and the wammy bar can get in the way.
Features — 8
The IJX40 Jumpstart Package from Ibanez includes a GRX electric guitar, 15 watt GTA15 amplifier with reverb, cable, strap, picks, headphones, electronic tuner, and gig bag. Ibanez also includes an instruction DVD, book, and chord chart to teach you how to wail. The Ibanez electric has a maple neck with the GRX sleek profile for fast and furious playability. It also has a rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays, 22 medium frets, an alder body, three Powersound pickups with a humbucker at the bridge, and the FAT10 bridge for sustain and great intonation. The GTA15 amp has 15W power, an 8" speaker, clean and overdrive sounds, reverb, an active 3-band EQ, and a CD input so you can play along with your favorite guitar jams.