Price paid: $ 399
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 7
This guitar fits my music style. I play a variety of music ranging from Jazz, classical, and Progressive Death Metal. Since I live in a small room I own a Roland Micro-cube. Its not the best amp but It works. I've played the guitar in store but I forgot what Amp I used. It sounds pretty good on distortion but it kind of gets muddy. The INF pickups are great, but I would rather exchange them for Seymour Duncans or DiMarzios. I mostly used the bridge pickup which is really quiet when idle unlike the middle single coil and neck pick up it doesn't produce a buzzing sound. They sound decent though. Clean sounds relatively good with out any distortion.
Overall Impression — 8
In conclusion this guitar was my 15th birthday gift well that was May 5th, but it fits my music style. I've been playing for more than a year now, I haven't bought any new gear though. If this guitar were to be stolen, I would hunt who ever did and hack them with a a rusty knife, ha!, just kidding but I will buy it again. I love this guitar, since its my second guitar made by Ibanez, I would buy another Ibanez guitar. I love its Edge III tremolo due to its great tuning stability. I only wish it had better pickups, and I need a better amp.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Will this guitar withstand live playing? Sure it would because of its locking pads and the tremolo it will stay in tune, but since I play on D Standard Tuning, I would bring a backup guitar. I would bring a backup guitar anyway. The Strap buttons are pretty good, but since I don't go wild on stage there isn't a change of the strap breaking. The finish is really good, I sweat a lot (lol) but the finish remains nice after abusing it the guitar, no scatches or dents. The hardware will last a long time.
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
When I came to get this guitar at the store, there were two of the same guitars on the shelves. This one had a bad setup. The action was high, it had .11s. the bridge was not adjusted properly, the fine tuners were mixed up. The guitar was in good condition though. I actually got the guitar setup for free. I got a nice low action with (some fret buzz). The finish was not harmed at all, everything seemed intact instead of what was stated above. The Middle pickup was too high and was interfering with my playing so I lowered it. The two humbuckers are in a decent height.
Features — 9
I bought this guitar for my 15th birthday. This Guitar is made in Indonesia. Made of a Basswood body, it has a 3-Piece maple neck, Wizard II Neck Profile. Its a nice thin neck for easy shredding. The neck has a Rosewood fingerboard with shark-tooth inlays with 24 frets. Since I already had a guitar in black I decided to get this guitar in Gray Pewter, Kind of looks olive green to me unless I'm color blind. Its a super-strat style guitar with a Reversed Headstock. It comes equipped with an Edge III tremolo bridge which stays in tune nicely. It has 3 pickups, INF3 humbucker for neck, INFS3 Single coil middle position, and the INF4 humbucker on the bridge position. Next to that is 1 tone and 1 volume control nobs and a 5 way pickup selector. Since it has a tremolo it has locking pads with Ibanez tuners I believe. This model was pick up from the store.