Price paid: $ 981.54
Purchased from: www.guitarampkeyborad.co.uk
Sound — 9
I mainly play rock and metal, satriani, vai, Metallica, Slayer etc. the guitar suits the style like a glove! I also play a good bit of hendrix and classic rock like that (cream, rory gallagher etc.) and you can get a really nice tone from the guitar for that sort of music as well. On distorted tone, the bridge humbucker sounds electric! It's sound is very similar to a Jem, which is just as well since they don't make those in lefty's! The neck humbucker packs a similar punch, though isn't quite as bluesy as I'd like a neck pickup to be. I'm not too keen on the single-coil when distorted, though with a clean tone it sounds unbelievable, the sort of tone one would usually attribute to a Strat! The guitar has nice sustain and the Edge Pro is great for making those screaming harmonics just like Satriani.
Overall Impression — 10
This guitar is great if you want to play any sort of rock/metal. I've been playing guitar for 7 years now and this is perfect for me. If it were lost or stolen, I'd buy another one in a second! The one thing that takes getting used to is the different neck scale, and seeing 24 frets instead of 22 is a bit confusing at the start!
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar can take a good whalloping, the locking nuts will keep your strings in tune and the strap buttons will keep you from horribly embarassing yourself at a gig by dropping it! I would probably bring a backup to a gig, only to deal with playing songs in different tuning, since to re-tune this would take a while, but that's the price you pay for an awesome bridge!
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The guitar came nicely set-up. The intonation was a bit off, but that is easily fixed. I also raised the single coil pickup a little since it was a bit quieter than the two humbuckers. The action is set up nice. The finish on the guitar really has to be seen! I have the mirage blue model, and it looks killer! It shimmers from black/deep blue to a light blue/green, and really is totally cool!
Features — 10
This is a RG1570L (the lefty version), made in 2005 in Japan. It's got 24 jumbo frets, a three piece Wizard neck (bolt-on), which is noticably thinner and more comfortable than the neck on my other electric (B.C. Rich Warlock). The neck is made from Rosewood and the body from basswood. The bridge is an Edge Pro, and is absolutely sweet! There are some people that seem slightly daunted by floating trems, but resting your arm on the bridge really isn't a problem and doesn't affect the tuning at all. The guitar has one volume and one tone knob. I think more volume knobs would have been nicer, as there are 3 pickups (IBZ V7 humbucker in the neck, IBZ S1 single-coil in the middle, and an IBZ V8 humbucker at the bridge) and a 5-way selector. The Edge Pro is a double-locking trem. The guitar comes with an Ibanez hardcase.