Price paid: $ 850
Purchased from: Axe Musix
Sound — 9
I play a lot of variety of stuff, alternative, rock, heavy metal, and the like. RHCP, Guns N' Roses, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Led Zeppelin, and a bit of Dream Theater and Satriani (I say bit because I'm not good enough for the real stuff just yet). The guitar was designed as an extrene netal guitar, but is extremely versatile; you can play just about anyting with it. Despite being very thin and light, it has the thick, heavy mahogany sound, and the pickups, though not like the best EMGs, are very very good, and replacing them would be a waste. With the bridge pickup you can get a very good Les Paul style sound. I did get a bit of feedback when I ran it through the overdrive on a Marshall MG 10 watt and a 15 watt, but I suspect that that was just the amps, as it didn't happen with amps that were much worse.
Overall Impression — 10
I thin this guitar is a lovely bit of work, some might find it a bit pricey, but it's worth it, and you can sav atleast $150-200 if you spend some time looking for a good deal on the net. If it were stole or lost, I would personally hunt out the person who stole it, and destry him, and anyone he had ever met. All in all, it's a very sweet ax, I would recommend it, but if you have a bigger budget, you can go in for the S prestige series.
Reliability & Durability — 10
The guitar would definitely withstand Live playing, it seems very solidly made, the D'addario strings look like they are gonna last, and the bridge makes ure that even if a string does happen to snap while playing, the others will remain in tune. It's also very light and comfortable, perfect for live playing.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The guitar came just about perfectly setup, although the spring tension was bit low. The finish was superb, and the attention to detail was excellent, little things like a tiny outline. The pickups were set in very well, though maybe they could have been a millimetre or so higher. A point to be noted was that the headstock was also done up very nicely, with quilted maple again, many guitars leave out the maple finish on the headstock.
Features — 10
The Ibanez S620EXQM is a 2007 model year thing, so I'd say that's the year it was made. It's Korean-made, has 22 jumbo frets, a rosewood fretboard and a gorgeous black quilted maple top. It has the Zero Resistance tremolo bridge, which "stays in tune no matter what crazy stuff I do with it", as said by Herman Li. It has 2 humbuckers, Ibanez INF 1 and INF 2 in the neck and bridge respectively, both of them are designed by EMG. It has a 3-way pickup selector, unlike the usual 5-way you get with Ibanez guitars, and has locking tuners. I got mine with a good hard case. The guitar is one of the thinnest guitars I have ever seen, and incredibly light, it is very comfortable.