Purchased from: House of Music-Rice Lake WI
Sound — 3
I'll put it this way. This is not the guitar your looking for. The reason I know that is because you heard Ibanez was good for metal, just like me. I will not deny that claim, as some Ibanez's are very good for metal. Just not this one. This guitar is more like a mellow rock guitar. I have a Crate G-60, which is by all means, a horrible amp that will make all guitars sound horrible, however I have also tested this on an old Kay amp, a Fender 15 watt, a last but most definatly not least my friends peavy XXX. It still sounded bad. the guitar's pickups, despite having a bad tone, also sound like a hummingbird flew into your amp. However I will say that this guitar sound very nice without a amp. Very bright though. Oh yes. Pinch harmonics are impossible on this guitar.
Overall Impression — 4
I play a lot of different music. I like jazz, blues, metal, rock, pretty musch anything besides country, I bought this guitar for metal. that's what it could not do. I've played for a little over two years. One of the I self taught myself, and then I started lessons with a very accomplished guitarist. Acctuly he is a christan recording artist, even though I take no intrest in that perticular brand of music. I own several ohther guitars, including a Ibanez seven string RG that rocks the heak out of everything it touches. This is by far, my worst electric, but my Harmony outpaces it in overall guitar horribleness. If it should be stolen or lost, I'd probaly mourn it's loss, just because it's near 500 dollars down the drain. But I would not buy a new one. The onlly thing I really complement this guitar is that the thing would not break even if you hit it with a sledge hammer. Every thing else is two thumbs down. I have experience with many guitars, including mexican and american strats, A Ibanez Rg 1527 Seven String Prestige, A Del Ray, A squire Strat, Peavy Accelerator, Schecter Sinister Custom, and ohthers. I also repair guitars. I have no idea why I bought this, but hey it was my first guitar. I diddent know much. that's why I am writing this review, you help ohther people avoid that mistake. I will suggest a few ohther guitars in the price range that are better. ESP Viper-500, Shecter S-1 elite, Mexican Strat. All of them are better.
Reliability & Durability — 7
As for live playing, I would not play this guitar Live, unless I really hated my fans and wanted to make them all deaf. As I said before, the hard ware is quite durable, but the finish chips like a water buffalo pees, constantly. The first time I played this guitar with a strap, it fell of and almost broke my toe. That was a year ago. It still hurts. Enouph said. Overall the guitars durable. If you don't smash it from frusteration.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
The set up from the factory I will commend, as it was perfect, but no setup fixes a horrible guitar. Pickups were in the desired location, no chips, obviously or I wouldent have bought it. The edge three tremolo is unmistakably the cheapist bridge you will ever use. It came all perfect, no manufacturing defects, Ibanez is quite good at that. But overall, only the expensive models are worth playing.
Features — 4
This is the 2004 Ibanez RG350DX, made in Indonesia. It has a 24 fret bolt on neck. The neck is a very thin, very fast maple neck with a rose wood fretboard that will feel very waxed afer a few hours of playing. The guitar's body is made out of basswood, as are most of Ibanez's models. Not really the best wood, but it works. It has a snow white finish, and a pearl white pick gaurd. The body shaped like a superstrat, not that bad in looks, and all the hardware's black. It comes equipped with a edge three floyd style bridge. Passive electronics, INF 4 humbucker in neak, INF 3 single coil: middle, INF 3 hum in bridge. One volume, one tone, 5-way selection switch. Ibanez tuners. Did not come with anything. Not even a owners manual.