Price paid: $ 604.2
Purchased from: Guitar World
Sound — 8
Suits my style well (Avenged Sevenfold, Dragonforce, Megadeth) and works well coupled with my Peavy Bandit 112. On the treble setting (bridge pickup), it sounds good for stuff like Trivium and Metallica, where as the neck pickups sounds good for backing guitar stuff. Very quiet pickups, I was quite suprised. Can make dime-squeals too!
Overall Impression — 8
Good match to metal, hard rock and shred stuff, I can still play rockabilly but it's not the best for it. If it were stolen, I'd get the same guitar. I like everything about it now that it has been set up. Design is for easy fret access and the neck is lighting fast and is smooth as. Maybe a better trem would be nice but this one is fine.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Had it for about a week or two and can't fault it. Edge III is a bit hard to set up but when it is it sounds good. it's do a gig without backup. Strap button are solid as. Hardware seems good. the finish looks quite good, the DX looks looks better than the EX because it's looks like Vai's Jem.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
Setup from factory was crap. The trem was sunken in to the cavity. Pickups were perfect. Neck has a bow in it, can be finxed with an adjustment. No other faults. nicely cut neck pocket, no dents or scrathes. I fixed the bridge up in about 1 hour and just fixed the rod and it's fine.
Features — 8
24 frets on a very thin and playable maple neck. Not sure where it was made, I think Korea as they are commonly made there. 2005 model with an Edge III trem, which looks like a Lo-Pro. Body is made out of basswood and is an RG shape, similar to a Jem and painted white with a pearloid pickguard. Ibanez branded H/S/H pickup setup. 1 volume knob and 1 tone knob. 5 way pickup selection. Tuners are a set of inline 6.