Price paid: $ 1500
Purchased from: Ibanez Rules
Sound — 10
It's a real Rock guitar. You can get a variety of sounds from it being close from classic Strat to modern or from classic Les Paul to modern and etc. But in every configuration being close to classics the guitar keeps it's unique sound. Being a Rock guitar you can get bluesy and jazzy tones with Single coil split. I even got some funky sounds out of it. For a heavier sound for some modern metal you have to use some optional equipment (amps). For any of classic tones it's great. No noise, ruch and full sound, great balance of high/mid/low and brighter with high pass filter engaged. The sound got that feel of byte with Fred and PAF Pro can do all of acoustics with no need to change your playing style. But note, they are passive and of a medium output what means for getting very distorted sounds you sould use more gain level.
Overall Impression — 10
My Opinion: Well it's a pretty straight-forward instrument for hard-worker musicians if you ask me. This is a great guitar and it would be truth that it's one of the best available but only for the purposes it's planned. It does blues and rock the best way. For others it would need some adjustments. You can get tones to close to jazz, fusion, funk, metal, country. But remember, Rock is the style for this guitar. I love it, and i use it as my main and studio guitar. But the color option is not so impressive. I mean, the textured silver is great but the wooden unmatched headstock just does not feel so good. I'd like to have the finish of JS1200. Also you have no trem here. But i bought this guitar because of the fixed Bridge and mahogany body. If you wish a trem and bassword go for a JS100, JS1200 or a JS2400 for 24 frets :) Finally: Pros for me personally Everything Cons for me personally Nothing Pros for public (may be): Mahogany body, fixed bridge, pickups Cons for public (may be): No trem, 22 frets, non-matched headstock For me it's 10 out 10 for current minute, cause it's the best I had. I was searching for a Strat type guitar to get that classic sound but didn't want another guitar for the modern stuff, also wanted a les-paul like sound to get that great beefier tone. This guitar gave the unique tone which can get too close to my tastes and still stay in zone of uniqueness.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar is a tank. Being gentle with it will take it for years as all of Ibanez's quality instruments. Backup depends on your taste. I prefer to get a backup if you have a second instrument. You'd never know what would happen but I believe this monster will do it's best and it's my primary guitar in my current setup. Very reliable and made of qulity materials.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
No flaws on mine though it was adjusted by a professional to some ultra-high degree of quality. But if adjusted correctly this instrument gives you what you want. It's a professional instrument for the professionals. Practically no fret buzz on lowest action possible. I've got some tiny buzz noticeble without plugging on the lowest 3-4 frets if strumed agressively but no noticeble buzz when plugged in. But I will give it a 9 cause 10 means too perfect for me what I haven't seen still and may not see for my entire life.
Features — 9
JS1600. The instrument of my dreams for almost 3 month before the buy. Well as always I bought it with some additional tech work. It's in Platinum service level provided by Ibanez Rules. This model was introduced in 2008 and discontinued in 2011. Mine is a new bought which is dated 2010 (factory date). It's a Japan made the Prestige line guitar. Well, personally for me it's a great instrument. But from now on I will try to be as critical as I can. Frets: 22 frets. Size: 6105. They are very comfy. I used to have jumbo ones that are used for Prestige RGs. Here you learn that I had mostly Japan made Prestige RGs. But these 6105 frets are really good. They are thinner but not too thin what makes it to play more comfy and there are more room for your figers between them on the higher frets. What is the bad thing about them? Lack of the information. E.g. on the official page it says JEMs also has these 6105 but it says they are Warmoth what means they are made of Stainless Steel (SS). SS frets are of better quality, they wear slower. But on the page for JS series they say only 6105. Most of the internet (at least what I've found) says they are also Warmoth and SS but I can't figure out. Years of use will show it. Also it would be great to have 24 frets but 24 is featured on the other model numbered JS2400. So we have only 22. Personally for me it's ok. But again you have to work out your technique to gain comfy access to the highest 20-22 frets :) Top: A solid, silver textured top. Very glossy. It's cool by itself but not so much with the unmatched headstock. Body and neck: Body mahogany, the nech is maple. the neck is one-piece which is great. Body - don't know. Tonally mahogany body and maple neck is great and may be the best you can get for most of styles. Finish: It's very good. Quality is good cause it's an Artist Prestige. So no cons here, only pros. Body style: The guitar is a real super strat. The aero foil is very sexy. Bridge: It's a straight Gotoh fixed Bridge with strings through body. Technically it's very simple and looks like most of classic strats but it does the job. Saying this I would note that there several fixed Gotoh bridges that are more modern in design, cause this one is a real classic. Electronics and Controls: It's got two passive medium output humbucker pickups. These are DiMarzio PAF Pro in neck and DiMarzio FRED in bridge. Two push-pull controls - Volum/High pass filter and Tone/hum-to-single mode. And a three-way pickup selector. Tuners: JS1600 got the Locking Tuners which are popular nowadays. At the back of each tuner Ibanez is printed but I believe these are PlanetWaves self-cutting locking auto-trim tuners. Included accessories: The Ibanez Prestige case is included. No other accessories but maintenance tools.