Sound — 8
This guitar suits my style, since I play alot of shred metal and stuff. It has a fast neck for smooth runds. Neck doesn't seem to resonate as much as a better one, but it is fair.
Overall Impression — 8
I've been playing for about 6 years, and this has been a good axe to me. I recieved this as a gift, but if I could have gone back, I would have probably asked for an RG that was a step up from this one, but it is just fine for the price. If you can get it set up right, it will treat you good.
Reliability & Durability — 6
I've played this thing live a few times, plays just fine. The cable jack gets loose sometimes, but thats nothin'. It's a very dependable axe if you have it set up right. Has issues if it's not.
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
The set up was no good. Took 4 months to get this thing in shape. Trem was totally jacked up. Taking it to guitar center didn't help, the guy actually messed it up more! (Never get your guitar fixed at Austin Guitar Center). Anyways, after I was able to set the tremelo and action it plays well, and I can dive and all that without coming out of tune. The pickups are ok too, they are not noisy or anything, but I'm going to get some hotter ones.
Features — 8
This Ibanez is a 2000 model, made in Korea. It has 24 fret with jumbo frets, and a rosewood neck. Lavender quilt top finish is beautiful. Wood really shows through nice on the back. This model has a licensed floyd rose as compared to the newer ones having edge pro trems.