Price paid: $ 628.082
Purchased from: Axe Music
Sound — 8
It is really difficult to describe the sound that you can get out of this guitar, because it really depends on how you use it. When playing it clean, it has a full, bright sound, but the output of the pickups is fairly high, so it will distort the sound if you're not carefull. If you've got any distortion on you're amp, this guitar sounds quite muddy. This guitar is not a rhythm guitar, and does not do chord's very well (which is unfortuanate because the strings are spaced for easy chording). IF you turn the gain up high enough, and add a whole whack of compression, you will get that Ibanez sound that is know so well as that of a Virtuoso such as Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, or John Petrucci (who all play, or used to play, an Ibanez). You can also get some really crazy sounds with the whammy bar. You can do you're standard squeels, and dive bombs, and pretty much anything else that you can do with a whammy bar. This is also a really good guitar for getting harmonics. If you use the bridge pickup, you can find some sort of harmonic on just about every part of the strings (even if the gain isn't very high).
Overall Impression — 9
This guitar is definitely my new favorite. I've always loved the quality, and the sound that Ibanez guitars have been known for and it was a hppy day when I got my hands on this guitar. Normally I wouldn't buy another guitar of the same brand, but I think that I would buy another Ibanez, because this guitar has been great. The only thing about this guitar that I don't really like are the pickups. As soon as I save up enough money I'll probably buy a set of EVO's, or something like that. Also, the Edge Pro II doesn't allow the whammy bar to stay in it's place, so everytime you let go of the bar, it hangs down. I'm sure that there's a way to fix that, and I'll figure it out one day. But other than those two things, the guitar is great. It's black, sleek, and pointy, the three things that make a guitar beautifull.
Reliability & Durability — 10
All of the hardware, and everything else on this guitar seems very reliable. Everything is solid in it's place, and there have been no problems yet. This is now my new live guitar, and although it's sound isn't the greatest, it's a great show guitar. I don't think that I would ever play it without a back up though, even in a practice, because the strings are always breaking (and usually at the very worst times). It's not something that I would blame on the guitar though, it's just my style of playing (I love to use the whammy all the time). The only thing that worries me, is that the neck is fairly thin, and if I ever were to trip on a wire or something and ram it into a wall, I think that the neck would probably break before the wall did. But other than that, it's a very reliable guitar.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The finish of this guitar was definitely one of the most impressive that I've seen. To this day, I have not found one scratch, or imperfection in the quality of the finish. All of the hardware is installed correctly, and all of the electronics were set up really good. At first, the travel on the guitar was really, high, but I fixed that easily, and now it play's beautifully. Even the tremolo system is staying the way it was when I got it. It is an extremely nice guitar to look at.
Features — 8
This beautiful 2006 RG series Ibanez is one of the top RG's without going to the prestige series. It's body is made of mahogany, and it has a rosewood fretboard. Along with jumbo frets, this guitar comes with dicoloured sharktooth inlays and a Wizard 2 neck. It come's standard with Ibanez brand passive pickups, INF1, and INF2. As with the other guitars in the RG series, this one comes standard with an Edge Pro II bridge (liscensed by floyd rose) and a locking nut. The body is finished with a pearl black, and the hardware is black and steel grey. There are only two control knobs on this guitar (one for volume, and one for tone), and there is also a 5-way selector.