Purchased from: Sam Ash Music Store
Sound — 7
I play a very open style of music, mostly metal, blues, and rock. Van Halen is mostly what I use this guy for. I am currently saving up to buy either a Marshall or Line 6 cab and head but I have played this guitar on the Marshall. Since I was at the music store I'll just tell you about how I use it on my amp. My amp is a Fender 300 Champion, 1X12 speaker config. It sounds great with the built in effects(reverb, flange, chorus). I usually ser my gain to about a 4, treble 8 mid-range, 8 and bass 7. I The only source of distortion is a Boss DS-1 Distortion pedal. Even though I only have the cheap pedal the pickups on this thing give a massive scorching tone. The single coiled pickup aint that great and the neck could use a little work when playing low ends. But none the less it does give the buyer quite a variety choice. But I personally thought the pickups were quite mediocre compared to seymour duncans, and EMG.
Overall Impression — 9
I chose this guitar specifically because I wanted a locking nut and thick tone, this guitar definately satisfied my needs. It definately matches a heavier type of music syles. This is a very impressing guitar, a lot better than my Squier. Do not under any circumstantce: buy the sevice agreemeant! It is a rip off! All you get is 3 tuneups which are unnecessary because it is a lot easier to re-string than a Floyd Rose. I love everything about this guitar (not to be vague) I really like the neck because you can paly fast solos and chords without any difficulty reaching the right note. I compared this the The RG series and basically took a crap on them. This guitar blows away any Floyd Rose locking nut guitar. No Joke. I wish it had room for a D-Tuna on the bridge though. Oh well.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar is very solidly built and is very dependable. It is near impossible to go out of tune even in my freezing cold/desert hot room. It truly can take a beating I have droped it a lot so I recommend a strap-lock. The top strap button tends to just let go of the strap so I would be careful with this at a gig. The finish hasn't really worn off or anything from consecutive play hours with me so I think it should be good.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
I bought this guitar straight from the store and even then the finish showed no visible dings or scratches. Nothing on this guitar was wrong when I got it. Action isnt really any trouble at all, but the low E likes to get a little higher above the frets. BE very careful if you decide to buy a used case. Whatever the guy before put in this case some kind of oil or something took off pewter chrome finish on my knobs. But I don't think this is the guitars fault.
Features — 9
This Guitar Made was made in India in 2007. It is a new selection of guitars by Ibanez featuring a surpisingly thin body with a surpising amount of tone. It has a normal 24.75in scale neck and 22 frets. It has a locking nut perfect for divebombs! The neck is made of a 5-piece maple/bubinga Wizard II neck, and a bound rosewood fingerboard. The Headstock is very similar to the Ibanez RG giving it that classic RG look. There are currently two popular Finish styles available, blue moon quilt and a fire red quilt. The Body of the guitar is very..very thin and it's a very light guitar too. The Bridge Is a ZR tremolo, very similar to the edge III on the RG. The tremolo system uses a Zero-Point which means it floats on two ball bearings making the trem bar a lot easier to use than a Floyd. The pickups are IBZ Infinity pickups which are very nice! With a vol-tone-3 way pickup toggle control.