Sound — 10
The variety of sounds this guitar creats are realy useful. The five way switches combined with the tone and volume controles give many possibilitys. I play a lot of things, from clasical to metal and post-hardcore and this offers me the tone to suit all of these. The only thing it lacks is a realy warm tone. But a great thick tone, produced by using the neck humbucker with the tone down, compensates well. I use a Marshall stack on clean and an array of pedals. The Ibanez works well with all these: giving crushing crushing distortion when used with the MD-2 Mega Distortion and the bridge pickup; clear chorus, flange and delay; and, using the neck pickup split with the middle, has a wonderful chimeing and bright sound.
Overall Impression — 10
Great for even the low end pro's. With a bit of upgrading and customisation (EMG's or seymore duncans, hybrid guage strings ect) this could be a perfect guitar. great match for most music. On loosing this, apart from being pissed, I wouldn't hesitate to buy a new one. I love it's sexy looks: after going to buy the black RG350EX model I saw this and fell in love. It looks so sharp and intelligent. The wammy is amazing, reducing the strings to floppy metal does not affect the tuning at all! Soon I will go on to buy some new pickups to perfect this guitar. This gives me my perfect tone.
Reliability & Durability — 10
The RG350DX is a very sturdy guitar capabel of many Live songs without a single retune. Also with the ease that you can play it you wont want to change at all. All the hardware is sturdy and should last a very long time. I would gig without a backup for sure. partly because I cat afford one. But mostly bicause it is such a good guitar. The finish is strong enough to withstand a lot of thrashing and the added scratchplate, a big difference between its sisters (the RG370's), it is easy to clean and protect.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The low action combined with the jumbo frets make the strings on this guitar feel so natural. The pickups all have a good balenced output and are at just the right hight; they don't move around and are actualy quite styleish. All the cavitys were perfectly finished which always makes a guitar look better. This guitar had no flaws what'soeve when I got and, it has lasted very well since.