Price paid: $ 606.72
Purchased from: italmelodie
Sound — 10
I play almost exclusively metal and the stock pickups actually were pretty good I must say. I changed them though to an emg 81-85 combo and swapped the 5 way selector for a 3 way, and let me tell you the difference was night and day with the active pickups. I have it playing though a 75watt Spider III and god damn that thing can scream, awesome lows, squealing highs, and with the floyd in it, perfect for the ever awesome dimesqeal.
Overall Impression — 9
Like I said I play a lot of metal and this guitar was pretty much made for it, I've been playing for 3 years now and this is my second guitar, and Ibanez for that matter. If it were stolen, the guy who did it's body would never turn up, this thing is my baby. If I had the money I would eventually buy a Gibson xplorer at some point to use as an alternate cause of the awesome shape but other then that this guitar is well worth it's weight in gold.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This baby would be awesome live, wouldn't go without a backup though, cause that's just suicidal on stage. Strap button is on nice and light, never popped off on me or anything. This I love most about the hardware is that it's all a brushed stainless sort of color, only complaint is that if anything were to ever need replacing, I don't think it would even be possible to find said color.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The action was a bit too high I found, but nothing a quick alan key to the bridge didn't fix. Like I said I got this guy new so it came out of the box all shinny and scratch free, no rust or anything. It gotten very minor scratches over the year I've had it but nothing worth mentioning. Hell at one point when I was installing the emgs I dropped a bit of melted solder on the back and it didn't even phase it, so needless to say I was pretty impressed
Features — 9
I bought this guitar new in 2006 so I assume it was made the same year, in Korea I believe. 24 frets, 25.5 scale length with a nice think wizard neck, which for those Who've played an Ibanez, know it's a fast play. mahogany body with maple neck-thru body. It's painted black but when put under light you can see little sparkles, just as if it were a stone (I think the finish was called onix actually). Super Strat body with a Floyd Rose licenced tremolo edge III bridge. It came with Ibanez stock passive humbucker pickups, 5 way selector with 1 volume and one tone knob. not sure on what type of tuners it has but I think I remember reading they were either gotoh or grover