Price paid: $ 500
Purchased from: Stars Music
Sound — 10
I play rock, metal, some blues, and some classical guitar. This guitar suits all of that perfectly. Especially for metal such as Metallica. I run it through a solid-state Crate GLX 65. I don't have any pedals or effects other than the ones on my amp. It can be noisy if the gain turned to high, but so can any guitar. It gives off a great sound and has great sustain.
Overall Impression — 10
This is a great guitar for rock or metal. It also suits some of my blues stuff fine. I would definitly replace this guitar if it were lost or stolen. I love the neck, its perfect for me. The only problem I have is that it takes a while to tune sometimes, but once you get it in tune it stays there forever. I have no complaints about this guitar and recommend Ibanez guitars to everyone.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This is a really great guitar. I have played it live a couple of times. I play with another guitar so that I don't have to change tunings on stage, becuse it can take a little while with this guitar. I expect this gutiat to last the rest of my life. The strap buttons are solid. I would gig it without a backup but I do have another guitar live so I don't have to change tunings on stage. This guitar will definetly last.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The guitar came set up really well. The action wasn't bad, it was really easy to play. But I like a really low action so I lowered it a little more which was really easy. You just have to turn to bolts on the guitar. All of the hardware on the guitar is really high quality for a factory guitar. I love how thin it is, and how light it is.
Features — 10
This is an amazing guitar. It was made in Korea. It's got 22 jumbo frets whuch make soloing really easy. The neck is kind of flat and just the way I like it. I can't tell you how much I love this neck. It's so smooth and fast. The body is made of mahogany. It has a ZR tremelo much similar to a Floyd Rose except a step up. I just installed seymour duncan dimebuckers and it sounds amazing. The stock pickups weren't bad, I just wanted a different tone. It has one volume and one tone nob. It has a double locking tremelo system.