Price paid: $ 1024.8
Purchased from: Music Mate?
Sound — 9
It's not what you'd expect guitarrist to be playing in a Screamo band, with most going for the SG style but Who cares what everyone else is using? This guitar has the Wizard neck which makes it super fast for cutting around and getting those amazing riffs that you hear by bands such as Funeral For A Friend (at least one of the great band's that use/used Ibanez). I plug it into a Spider II 150W which at the moment is giving me a low-definition sound but I think that's a problem with the amp rather than the guitar (it worked OK with the 112 but even then not in your face) so the pickups might be an issue!
Overall Impression — 10
I've written most of the things I need to say about this guitar, but if I was stolen, and insurance gave me the money back for it I think I'd go out and try an SG mainly because I've never owned one, but I do love this guitar. If you've never had a flloyd rose before you'll hate this guitar a lot for a while, but once you get to grip to it (have a look on youtube for help) and you'll get it in the end!
Reliability & Durability — 9
The guitar does fine live, and continues to do well and although the fitted screw's in the back of the flloyd rose were terrible you can pick up a new box of screws for a quid from any shop that sells random crap. Strap buttons I replaced with Straplocks (Boston) which have lost their threads on the bottom at least, so I'm looking into getting a safe fix for that but it's done gigs with it unthreaded and held in fine as long as there's not real guitar stunts.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The guitar arrived to me in perfect condition, I picked it up out of the box and I could just tell by it's feel it was going to be perfect for me. The action is amazing, this guitar turns a beginner into a pro. The pickups needed a little change at first as well.
Features — 10
Made in 2005, Japan by Ibanez. 24 Frets with the best fingerboard you will ever see, Sharktooth Inlays are just amazing. Basswood body as I understand but I could never complain about the guitar's tone (maybe the body and the pups though). Flloyd Rose bridge took me a long time to get my head around, but now that I understand it I can easily set a guitar into Drop C tuning from anywhere using the backplate as a frontside block and visual leveler. As mentioned earlier, pickups are standard Ibanez/DiMarzio, could be a lot better and considering upgrading to ToneZone or EMG's when I have more money. Oh, it came with a case as well. Which for the record, is indestructable. Just don't leave the trem bar on when you pack it away, your guitar won't be in tune when you get it out.