Price paid: $ 434
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 9
I mainly play metal and rock, and this guitar kicks ass. I am currently using a cheap Spider III 15 watt amp (sucks). It has a really nice chunky tone for rhythms and sharp tones for leads. This hardly ever gives feedback/noise and has some super pristine cleans.
Overall Impression — 9
This guitar is surely a metal/rock guitar! I have been playing guitar for about 4 years. If this guitar was stolen, I would probably buy it again because it is the best bang for the buck. I just love the sound, the playability and the look of this guitar, it is just plain sexy.
Reliability & Durability — 8
This guitar can stand live gigs and the hardware seems really sturdy and reliable. If I were to play a live gig, I would probably want to have a back-up guitar which would most likely be a string through or a tune-o-matic bridge just because there is no hassle with those kinds of bridges.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
Since I got this guitar through UPS, I had some adjustments to make. I'm tired of people saying that this guitar doesn't stay in tune because it DOES if you read the manual and set up the tremolo just right. I had to tune my guitar for the first time in three weeks since the last adjustments were made. Sure it's a pain in the ass to set up, but once you do, you'll be happy.
Features — 10
I believe it was made in 2008 in Indonesia. It has a very thin 3 piece of maple neck with 24 jumbo fret rosewood fretboard with a bubinga top and a mahogany body. It has an Edge III locking tremolo with awesome pickups (INF1/INF2). A 5-way selector Switch and some regular Ibanez tuning posts. Super accessible 24th fret.