Price paid: C$ 1700
Purchased from: L&M
Sound — 10
This guitar can do anything. I play everything from death metal thrash metal to jazz, blues, shred. I have a Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 50 Watt Combo so i can really bring out the shred with this. Coil tap on the pickups allow you to get a variety of tones, I got a great Joe satriani type tone for soloing and a Megadeth type tone for rhythm. Neck pickup is very creamy and great for sweeping and soloing. Bridge is great for chugging and tapping but can be a little thin sounding for solos. Great for a Steve Vai sound but I prefer the neck for a creamier tone. The middle pickup gives amazing clean tones, some great Opeth sounds.
Overall Impression — 9
I play Jazz fusion, Metal, Death Metal, Thrash metal, a little blues. Think Opeth, Megadeth, Necrophagist, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Motley Crue, Greg Howe, Paul gilbert, Joe Satriani, Yngwie etc. If it were lost/stolen I'd probably die but if I didn't I'd buy a new one. Only other guitar that could compare to this versatility is maybe a PRS but those are way more expensive. I tried out Jacksons, Gibsons, Fenders, Epiphones, Other Ibanezes, Ernie Ball Music Mans, but after having an orgasm while playing this baby, I kind of had to buy it.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I've played live and use it for band practices and at home all the time. Changing strings takes less than 5 minutes and it even cuts the end off for you. I'd play it without a backup, but just in case I have a Jackson Dinky which sucks in comparison. I use this in Standard tuning but when I used drop D one time the other strings when flat. I recommend using this guitar in one tuning but if you change it expect to spend a few minutes getting it in tune.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Factory set up was great but needed a little intonation. Action was nice and low. Pickups could have been higher but decent enough. No flaws. However, I needed new pants when I first played it. Ibanez should give a warning that you will orgasm when you play their prestige guitars.
Features — 10
Team J Craft made in Japan, 24 frets, coil tap pickups, rosewood fingerboard, locking tuners, zero edge tremolo bridge, Dark Sunset Burst Finish, Volume & tone knobs, Comes with a case. This guitar can do anything, I'm just trying to find the knob that trims your toenails.