Sound — 10
I play everything from progressive and technical metal, to jazz. This guitar, like all Ibanezes, is extremely versatile with all types of music. I love the neck pickup for a nice bluesy and jazzy sound for leads, and the bridge pickup is nice for heavy and aggressive music. I use this guitar with the Ibanez ToneBlaster 100-watt half-stack. And even though people tend to trash this amp, it sounds great with the RG. This guitar is great for all-around types of music, and it can be used for anything.
Overall Impression — 9
I have been playing for about 4 years, and I own all Ibanez gear, a fact I am proud of. If it was stolen, I would immediately buy this guitar again because I love everything about it, everything is perfect for my preferences and my style of playing. My favorite feature is the look and the bridge. The bridge is reliable and durable.
Reliability & Durability — 7
This guitar is very reliable. You have to wipe off the bridge when you play bvecause the corrosive chemicals in your sweat will tarnish the finish on the hardware of the bridge.(It says so in the manual, and it's true) They were originally black, but now it looks sort of dark greenish but it's not noticable. Be careful and wipe it down after you play. The finish is durable but don't use a cotton cloth or rag because it will easily scratch the finish.
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
This was my first guitar with a tremolo bridge, so I was pretty new to the concept, and I didn't know that when you change strings you're supposed to change them one at a time because if you take them off all at once, you release tension on the bridge and it sinks down. Well that happened to me so I decided to learn how to adjust action, bridge angle, and neck bow. I figured out how to adjust all of these things with the manual that came with the guitar, and whenever there's a problem I don't have to take it to a shop and pay. I originally got it set-up at the local shop, and the guy said the way it was set-up at the shop was atrocious. The action was too high and the first five frets buzzed.
Features — 9
I'm pretty sure this guitar was issued for sale around November-December of 2006 and it's fairly new. It has 24 jumbo frets. They're awesome for leads and feel great for chords. The body is black, and it has a black pickguard with all black hardware and a nice, brightly colored maple neck with black shark-tooth inlays. The neck is incredible. It's super fast and flat which is great because I can run through modes and scales effortlessly. The fretboard is flat and actually pretty wide, which is good because my fingers are small and when I run through scales, it works out my hand and feels good. I think the body is made of basswood, it's fairly heavy which is probably why it has such a good sound. The bridge is an Edge III double-locking tremolo, it locks at the nut and bridge like any typical tremolo bridge. There is 1 tone knob and 1 volume knob and a 5-way pickup selector. The pickups are IBZ INF's (Ibanez Infinity). I was originally planning to change the pickups to a more powerful setup, but I was actually surprised by the sound of them. They're nice and hot, and perfect for the guitar. The guitar came with a manual and all the allen keys you need, plus it came with and extra spring.