Price paid: £ 350
Purchased from: Back Alley Music (Chester)
Sound — 10
This guitar does it all for me, some just a lil chord melody to a mean metal riff. I have a rubbish 10 watt Yamaha GA10 amp with a DigiTech RP50 and it still sound imense. It isn't noisy at all when you are playing and you get a great tone. The bridge humbucker is great for solos, gives a sharp bright sound where as the neck humbucker has a deep, full sound perfect for backing and also for power chords ect. There is quite a variety of sounds because of the 5 way pickup selector.it makes deep osunds thin sounds sharp sounds. This guitar will satisfy your need of tone.
Overall Impression — 10
I play rock, metal well pretty much everything and it suits me just fine. I've been playuing a couple of years I have a Yamaha erg121c which I started with and a Pignose guitar for my holidays. If it were stolen or lost I would chase down the person who stole it and take it back because it's my baby I would definetly buy it again. I just love the flexibilty of the guitarand the finish, I just love everything baout it. The only thing I wish it had was the Floyd Rose trem arm the one that has like a srew bolt thing.. and that's it. Affordable metal and rock thrills!
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar will definately withstand Live playing without a doubt. It is fanstastic guitar. The hardware will last ages if looked after properly. The strap button are solid and I would definetly depend on this guitar Live. I owuld probably not need a backup. I love the finish it is really cool and makes you feel unique. My only problem is the temolo arm.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
This guitar was set up very well. The action is low and the pickups didn't even need adjusting. The finish is great and eye catching. I have the Silver arctic frost finish which is great and I really like it. The headstock matches the body's finish with mirror Ibanez lettering. shiny... I think the pcikup up selector makes a tiny bit of noise but it isn't noticeable. I was quite anoyed that my tremolo arm didn't really fit in properly. I've had to use selotape to make it a more snug fit, this might not happen with your but it is with mine. only a 9 because of temolo
Features — 10
I don't know what year it was made but I do know that it says it was made in Indonesia. It is the black and silver arctic frost finish. It has 24 jumbo frets with sharktooth inlays, which are very cool. It has a 25.5" scale, a rosewood fingerboard with white fingerboard binding. The neck is the 3pc Wizard II Maple Neck which is soo nice to play on. It is a super Strat style bodywith a classic pointy'er Ibanez cut away. It's quite light for me which is a bonus, well I think it is light anyway. My Ibanez model has the Edge III Tremolo Bridge which is fantastic apart from the fact that the tremolo arm is slightly loose inside the hole. It's quite anoying but when you get used to it it's amazing. It stays in tune just fine. On this guitar you get a pair of mean original v7(neck) and v8(neck) Ibanez pickups which are passive. They give a great tone and a great tone for metal and rock. It has a 5 way selector Switch with a tone and a volume knob. This guitar has 6 black gotoh non locking tuners which are very good. The guitar came with a black tremolo arm, a spare trem spring, 3 allan keys and an offer for a gig bag and I got some picks. I got a 1 year warranty.