Price paid: $ 1006.5
Purchased from: Soundcontrol Derby
Sound — 9
The bridge pickup is very gainy and allows for amazing overdrive, but position 2 uses just the ceramics and makes quite a nice, bluesey sound. Position 4 puts the neck pickup in paralel mode, which makes the guitar somewhat accoustic-like when used on a clean amp. Positions 3 and 5 are nice a bassy. I play mostly heavy stuff, and the sound of the bridge pickup really, really suits this. I use my guitar through a Boss GT8 effects unit, and a Marshall MG30DFX. I have also played through a few Roland cube amps and a Drive amp and a Vox Valvetronix, as well just through a GT8 and PA. It sounds great through all of them.
Overall Impression — 9
I love this guitar and wouldn't part with it. If you're going to use the floating bridge then its great, however, its a pain if you change tunings a lot. Basically, if you like metal or hard rock, and like tremlos and guitars that stay in tune for yonks, this is the guitar for you.
Reliability & Durability — 8
I have gigged this guitar a few times and it has held its own. I also have two band practices per week with it. It stays in tune for an age and I rarely have any problems with it. Replacing strings is easy due to the Edge Pro bridge which, unlike other floaters, doesn't require ball-ends to be cut off prior to insertion. The strap buttons are slightly oversized and attaching strap-locks is a little awkward, but when theyre on you know that theyre going to stay on. However, straps tend to stay on this guitar even without them, and I swing around quite a lot. The guitar is coated with a gorgeous matte finish, however, it is quite delicate and prone to scratching.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The factory setup was great. The action was about as low as it could go, and the intonation was basically fine. I did, however, heighten the bridge pickup, and replace the stock 9-gauge strings with hybrid 9s and 10s, so the setup I am currently using is 9, 11, 16, 26, 36, 46 - this seems to allow the guitar to make 'heavier' sounds. The guitar fits nicely in your hands and body and has a great 'feel' to it, it feels far more friendly and playable than a lot of guitars I've tried. It feels a lot more like an instrument and playable than Jacksons and certain gibsons/copies I have tried. The neck is thin and flat (as per the RG style), but has a certain thickness to it that fits perfectly to the palm of your hand. Feels amazing.
Features — 8
This guitar is a 2005, Korean-made (but don't let that fool you, its solid) Ibanez. It has the full 24 frets, and a Edge Pro II tremlo. These bridges are apparently re-known. They stay in tune for ages, but I have some issues with the way mine stays in; they are suposed to slide in and out but mines a little chewed up and wobbles. It's still a solid bridge. It comes with Infinity 1 and 2 pickups, which are half-ceramic, and a 5-way pickup selector which offers a huge variety of different tones. There are only two knobs, one for volume and one for tone. Due to the floating bridge, the guitar is obviously fitted with locking tuners. If you have your guitar nicely set up (and the setup isn't bad from the factory), it will stay in tune for weeks. I have to tune mine literally once a week, and this is only very minor tuning. It is very rare that the locks have to be undone. The guitar has a thru-neck, making reaching the highest frets easier and assisting sustain. However, this does make the guitar more fragile and much more expensive (or impossible) to repair if damaged.