Price paid: $ 650
Purchased from: GC
Sound — 10
this guitar suits metal very well. It is extremely comfortable to play standing (once the strap button is adjusted)and the pickups can put out a very nice clean tone, but they were designed for metal. While not being the quietest pickups around, the pickups are not noisy at all. As for variety, it will deliver all yoou can expect for metal. a nice clean tone, a deep heavy distorted tone, a bright tone. It will respond to your style.
Overall Impression — 10
My overall impression of this guitar is that it is a nice solid guitar with a terrible tremolo system. I am a personal fan of Ibanez, as I own an RG. I also own a Jackson Kelly, and this guitar blows away the Jackson. compared to my other two guitars, this is by far my favorite. With a little modding here and there, a good setup, and a change to the strap buttons and get a sufficient tremolo unit, and this guitar is in the top tier of guitars. Very nice.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar is definitely durable and is great for live playing. The only problem is that the bridge... but I have mentioned all of it's shortcomings already. The hardware is all solid after a few months, the strap buttons are solid, it seems very dependable. I would never play without a solid tail backup. The hardware finish wears off though, but you will need a new bridge anyways. The black finish is nice, but I am not a fan of the changing colors. Too gaudy.
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
Well the first thing I can say is that it was set up badly. It was set with 9gauge, which is not my preference, and there was a lot of buzz. The edge was not flush to the guitar... just bad. Plus, the bridge is impossible to set up well. everything else was fine though.
Features — 8
There are many great features to this guitar. It is an X. Playing sitting down is possible. It has 24 jumbo frets, is a neck thru, it is made from mahogany, it has a nice thin Ibanez wizard II 5 piece neck, great DiMarzio d-activators in the bridge and neck... all great features. There are also a few bad features. My main problem with this guitar is the position of the low strap button. Ibanez thought it would be funny if they put the lower strap button way too low, causing the headstock to dive. this can be fixed, however, by repositioning the button a bit farther up. another problem with this guitar is the tremolo system. the edge III is junk, it is almost impossible to tune. an Original Floyd is reccommended. Last problem is that this guitar does not come with a molded case, and getting a case that will fit it can be a pain since it is an X.