Price paid: £ 289
Purchased from: GAK
Sound — 7
Mostly I play metal, however lately I have been venturing towards pink floyd and other lighter material. The LZ3 active pickups in the guitar are lovely for metal with tight lows and good mids and treble response. However, even after replacing batteries and adjusting pickup height on the guitar I found cleans hard to aquire. I have played this through a Peavey Valveking, a Bugera 6262 and a Vox ac30 it provides a nice warm tone for the most due to the mahogany however the actives tend to push the amps into overdrive/distortion quite quickly. However the guitar is very quiet just not so great at clean tones.
Overall Impression — 9
My overall impression of this guitar is that while it suits my style of playing mostly metal it may not be for everyone without a pickup change. I have been playing 3 and a half years and played bass 4 years previous to that. I wish I had looked at Jackson a bit more before buying this guitar just to compare the feels however I took a risk and I'm very pleased with it. If someone stole the guitar I would definately buy a new one if I had the chance as it is a delight to play. The only the I could say is I wish the cleans where better.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar will most certainly withstand live playing and could easily be used as a main guitar preferably with a pick-up change. I have owned the guitar for about 6 months now and the only problem has been scratches on the back due to my belt buckle. It has been dropped a few times as a result of me being clumsy, the strap buttons are huge and easily hold a strap in placce however I may still exchange them for strap locks out of preference. I do not see this guitar failing on me anytime soon or in the projected future.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The action on the guitar was great when it arivved pretty much ready to play with the pickups at a good height. My only gripes about the guitar was that a couple of the frets higher up hadnt been cut properly and where still sharp and some of the finish wasn't applied as thickly around the pick up selector. Apart from these minor defects which where easy to fix the guitar was perfect
Features — 9
This 24 fret superstrat style guitar was made in indonesia in 2009. The guitar is made with a mahogany body with a 3 piece maple wizard 2 bolt on neck with rosewood fingerboard with white binding, it features basic Dot inlays nothing fancy but practical. The gibraltar bridge was something new to me (previously always played tune-o-matics) it didn't feel too different however it did feel smoother to rest agaist while playing and provided much better sustain that a tune-o-matic. Features 1 volume and 1 tone knob and a 3 way blade style pick up selector. Standard Ibanez tuners and nut. The model I own is the european only natural mahogany finish and it is beautiful the only downside is that it didn't come with the active eq Switch that other Rga's feature.