Features — 9
This guitar was made in Indonesia but it doesn't show it at all. It was built well, without flaws in the finish or hardware. It has 24 jumbo frets, on a rosewood fingerboard. The neck itself is made out of maple and it shows wood grain beautifully. The neck has a matte finish allowing for speedy playing. It is a solid top guitar, made out of basswood. I got the iron silver finish. It is obviously an RG series guitar. It has an Ibanez Floyd-Rose style trem with passive electronics. It has V7 and V8 humbuckers and Ibanez tuners.
Sound — 10
I play mostly classic rock, punk, GNR metal and some jazz. This guitar covers those genres well. As it is an Ibanez it handles any metal/shredding that I play. I use a Vox tube amp, and sometimes a cheap fender solid state and it sounds good through both. It gives a good crunch distortion, and can handle reverb-cleans. The sound can be very bright and trebly, but it can also give a dark distorted sound. This guitar is my go to for practicing and composing as I can get a variety of sounds though it.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
I have no problem with how this guitar was setup at the factory. The action is pretty low, I see this as an asset for speedy solos, the frets however do not buzz. I have kept all the hardware/pickups stock and its totally fine. None of it has faded and the metallic parts are still the original black. Since it has a Floyd Rose bridge, I am able to hold the tuning for weeks without adjusting. There are no flaws and after almost 4 years of relentless playing, it still works perfectly. If you treat her right, she'll fulfill all of your musical needs.
Reliability & Durability — 8
The guitar will withstand even the most abusive live playing. The hardware is solid and has never been adjusted once. I have nothing against the strap buttons, but I use strap locks as a precaution. I can depend on this guitar for good tones on any stage I play. I would not gig without a backup as live performances are unpredictable. The finish has yet to wear out, save a few minor dings, it looks good as new. I play this thing daily, and it has perfect intonation and tuning stability. Everything is just like the day I bought it, this guitar can hold its own onstage.
Overall Impression — 10
This guitar is a perfect match for me, I would never sell it. I have been playing about 5 years and I love this guitar. I also own a MIM Strat and a Gibson SG Standard, and I love this guitar just as much as the others. If lost, and I could afford a replacement I would. They go on the used market for about $400-500 near me so it has a good resale value. My favorite feature is the bridge which never loses it's tuning. I compared it to other brands within the price range, Jackson, DBZ, Dean, and this guitar came out on top. Overall it is a solid, reliable good sounding instrument for anything from jazz, to blues, to rock, to death metal.