Price paid: $ 800
Purchased from: Musician's Friend
Sound — 10
Sounds great! It's the first axe I didn't feel the need to change the PU's on. It's still screaming away driven hard, with a modded Tube Screamer, through two Mesa Boogies. I see no need to upgrade my pickups. They sound perfect through these tube amps. I highly suggest trying Mesa Boogie's with them. They are hot and warm!
Overall Impression — 10
I like the pre-discontinued style myself. It has the low TRS trem II Floyd Rose, but still to this day will not detune one bit at all. No flat spots I've heard about or anything. I can hammer the hell out of the whammy and not a single string will budge, ever. The discontinuation was due to the gun metal cosmetics changing colors a tad over time, which hasn't bothered me, since they had sent me a new set before they changed them. Now, they're $250 - $550 guitars, apparently?! WTF?! What changed so drastically that made such a diff in cost?! That pisses me off because I paid closeer to $900 for mine! But then, I think it was made at a time when the S470 was made a bit stronger and heavy duty. I got it back toward the beginning of 2000, I believe. I put 10's on it, another spring trem spring, readjusted it and been playing every since. People have told me it's the lowest action they've ever felt, little to no fret rattle. I considered buying a new guitar once, for about 2 seconds...then the feeling went away. LOL I don't think I'll ever want another guitar.
Reliability & Durability — 10
It's still is my #1 axe and always will be, unless I have to hit someone with it or something. The hardware will last forever, in my opinion. I don't use a backup at all. I do depend on it entirely. The finish is good, but soft. Avoid banging it on anything, or you will end up with a nice little dent.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
Factory setup was ok, as far as intonation, but they come with freaking 9's! Who the hell plays those tiny strings?! It sounded fuller and chunlier as soon as I changed them too! I have to give it an 8 on appearance, since that was what the recall was about, I guess. The gun metal tended to tarnish a bit after awhile, but Ibanez sent me a new set of pickup frames in no time, so it didn't bother me too much.
Features — 10
It's the first model, with the low trem II Floyd Rose, and the snake like curved pearl inset fret markers. It's not only a beautiful axe, but a very light and comfortable axe. I also put a locking strap on it immediately. I wanted no accidetal strap drops happening with my newest axe! I also bought the hardshell case. No guitar that spendy is going in a bag!