Price paid: $ 695.4
Purchased from: boston roadhouse
Sound — 10
This guitar is superb, it'll play absolutley anything you through at it, the single coil is really cutting and great for blues, the neck humbucker is great for squealy pinched divebombs and Vai/Gilbert style soloing, and the bridge humbucker gives a real meaty rythm section. I'm running it through an RP50 effects pedal, it gives a really wide variety of sounds, depending on the pickup.
Overall Impression — 10
I play anything from blues to metal, and this guitar meets me there. I have been playing just over a year. If this was stolen, I would definately buy another one in ice blue, shortly after shoving the thieves head up his own armpit. I love absolutely everything about it. My first guitar was an Encore Less Paul copy, which compared to this, wouldn't rate 1.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar would stand world war three, so live playing comes easy to it. The hardware seems like it'll last longer than I will, as do the srap buttons. I would probably have a backup at a gig, due to the floyd rose tremolo, as if a string broke, I would be comletely buggered other wise. The finish is very good.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The action on this guitar was really good, the pickups were all just right, and the neck fit into the top like a glove. There were absolutly no flaws whatsoever I could find.
Features — 9
It was made in 2006 in korea, it has 22 frets with a very large chunky neck scale which I really like, but might not appeal to someone with smal hands, you have been warned! It is a solid top with a really nice satin orange paint job, that doesn't show fingerprints and will make you stand out from the crowd, so its great in my book. The body style is Superstrat, with an excellent floyd rose tremolo system. You get one volume and one tone control with a 5-way pickup selector. The pickups are in the H/S/H configuration and are all Ibanez pickups. The tuners are locking, no accesories except an allen key with it.