Price paid: A$ 500
Purchased from: Music Shop in Melbourne
Sound — 8
This guitar suits my music style quite well, I play metal, hard rock and classic rock it has very good pickup shielding and the only way I can get hum out of it (even in single coil mode) is to put it right next to my amp (within like 15 cm). I play it through a Peavey Vypyr 30 watt amp and it sounds great with nice distortion/crunch for rhythm and quite clear for soloing. I have played this through a 100 watt Engl and it sounded great also. The only dounside to the sound that I can find is that the single coils are a little bright (as it has 500k pots).
Overall Impression — 9
As I said, I play mainly metal, hard rock and classic rock (Zeppelin etc) and this guitar does the job. I have been playing for about 2-2.5 years and if this guitar was stolen I would definitely buy either the same one or a higher end RG, the only thing I wish to do as of now is to get a better amp.
Reliability & Durability — 8
This guitar would withstand live playing with no worries, I would depend on it without a backup, the hardware seems quite solid and the strap buttons are immovable. The only problem in this department is that on one of the pickup adjustment screws, the paint has worn dust because of friction with my fingers.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
I can commend Ibanez on how they set up guitars in the factory, when I got this ax out of the box the bridge only needed a little adjustment, all the cavities (pickups, bridge etc...) were routed properly and the pickup height on mine was just right. The white finish is flawless and so is the pearl pickguard.
Features — 8
I believe my RG350DX was made in 2010 in Indonesia just before the new models came in, it has a 24 fret 3pc maple Wizard III neck, rosewood fingerboard and a basswood body (not the best wood IMO), it has one volume pot, one tone pot and 3 passive pickups (Bridge: INF3, Middle: INFS3, Bridge: INFS4) it has a Floyd-style Edge 3 Bridge (which I have had no problems with because I have set it up properly)and is finished in gloss white with a white pearl pickguard.