Price paid: $ 800
Purchased from: Local Music Store
Sound — 10
I play many different styles of music and this guitar fits all of them. I play it through a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier with an Ibanez Weeping Demon Wah pedal. It has amazing sustain which I think has a great deal to do with the tight-end bridge. The pickups that come on this are amazing. They are very deep in the Bridge and bridge/single coil position without being muddy what'soever. I love the coil tap being in the toggle switch. The bridge/single coil and neck/single coil position both split the humbucker so that you play with the single coil and the inside coil of the humbucker.
Overall Impression — 10
As I said before I play all kinds of different styles of music and this guitar is great for all of them. I've been playing for about 6 1/2 years now. I play through my Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier half stack and Ibanez Toneblaster Combo amp. If it were stolen I would definitely get another. I have played many different brands of guitars and Ibanez is definitely one of the best and this guitar is one of the best from Ibanez.
Reliability & Durability — 9
You should never play without a backup cause breaking a string is always a possibility. This guitar could take a beating. Everything on this guitar could take any abuse you could ever put it through and then some. I've worked at a music store for quite awhile doing repairs on guitars and I've seen that a common need of repair are the strap button screws stripping out. I have had to fix that on mine but its a very easy fix. Simply put a couple toothpicks in the hole and screw the screw in and remove any extra.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
Straight out of the box the action was decent but for me I needed to lower the action. I do that with all guitars though because I do a lot of lead and I like to have it as close to the fretboard as possible. Usually you can get it low enough to where there is fret buzz when playing unplugged but it doesn't come through the amp. As far as pickups, I didn't adjust anything. The height was great, the poles didn't need adjusted. There were absolutely no flaws with the guitar.
Features — 10
This guitar is a 2010 Japanese made RG prestige. It has 24 frets on a 5 piece maple/walnut neck. The scale length is 25.5". As with most RG series guitars it has a basswood body. It has Ibanez's tight-end Bridge which is great. No sharp edges, low profile, and overall is very comfortable to play on. It has a H-S-H configuration with Ibanez's V6F in both the Bridge and neck position and their RTS single coil in the middle.