Purchased from: Retail Store
Sound — 9
Although it looks vintage, it doesn't sound vintage, which is good and bad. None of the new guitars, not even the USA vintage series Fenders, sound vintage. You have to buy the real thing to get the vintage sound. But that's ok. This guitar has a unique tone, it's fat and warm, and has a lot of depth and character. Too bad they didn't include one lipstick pickup just for kicks.
Overall Impression — 10
This guitar is really a classic. Too bad they didn't continue with this same configuration on the new 2007 JTK2 series guitars. They changed the pickups to a more modern crap sound an the new colors aren't as vintage looking. I guess the black is still good, but they really need the sunburst, that's the one I bought and it fits the guitar perfectly. For $250+tax this is really a great guitar. If I had to put a price tag on it, I'd say they could have marketed these guitars for $350 easily. But hey, no complaints!
Reliability & Durability — 10
Very tough guitar, and quite heavy. Non-musicians always ask if this is an old '60s guitar. It looks like an old Japanese Jaguar spin-off. Pretty dependable for an Ibanez. I bet those switches won't last long, but I bet everthing else will.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
Excellent action. Ibanez hasn't had action this good since since the old Roadstar and Artist series. Some of the hardware is cheap, the input jack keeps coming loose which is one of Ibanez' claim to Fame. If the input jack isn't cheap then it's not an Ibanez. The pickup adjustment is crap. You get about a quarter of an inch before the screws fall out, but then again, typical classic Ibanez.
Features — 10
I bought this new in 2007, but it's a 2005 model. It's already a classic. Great guitar, all around. This is the sunburst/natural wood finish JTK2. The sustain is great, and you can slide chords up and down the neck which I've never been able to do as easily on any other guitar, even really expensive ones.