Date Purchased: 08/2008
Purchased At: Long & McQuade
Price Paid: $399.99
-Basswood body, Maple neck, Rosewood fingerboard.
-Ibanez V7 (neck) and V8 (bridge) passive humbucking pickups.
-Master volume, master tone, five-way lever pickup selector.
-Floyd Rose-style locking floating bridge and locking nut.
-25.5" scale length, 430mm radius, 24 frets.
What I Liked:
-Easy to play, fast neck.
-Bridge pickup could be made to accentuate a fairly good harmonic range.
-Cool finish (red and black swirl)
What I Disliked:
-Didn't stay in tune very well
-Intonation was horrible, despite many valiant efforts.
-Very limited, tone-wise: the pickups were too low-output to really scream in a heavy metal setting, but because they were both somewhat flat, they didn't excel at much, in terms of frequency range.
-Low build quality, which resulted in the pickup lever switch cover falling off frequently, even with some glue. Also, the tremolo arm did not have a notch machined into it, therefore, it could easily fall out of the bridge, unless the adjustment screw was set so tight that it couldn't rotate any longer.
-Not the fault of this guitar, but I just don't like guitars with locking nuts, as they're a pain to set up (this one was particularly difficult, as the headstock was reversed), and they preclude some chord voicings, as the sharp metal clamps at the nut can draw blood in some cases.
What I Would Change:
-If I still had the guitar, I'd have probably invested in some "real" pickups.
-I can't really complain too much about this guitar, as it was very inexpensive. I ordered this guitar as it was pretty much the only thing in the Ibanez "RG Tremolo" standard line that fit my must-haves at the time, which were: 2 passive humbucking pickups, Basswood body, 24 frets, Rosewood fingerboard, Maple neck and a floating tremolo system. I would recommend this model to someone who just needs something to tote around to practice with, however, I wouldn't suggest it as a serious player's main axe.