bought it used off a stoner for $200. evidently, it was $450 when he first bought it (wholesale).
I like the mahogany body. I believe this is the first mahogany guitar ive owned, and it can certainly take a beating. The action is nice, and is easily ajustable with a flat head screwdriver. It has 4 knobs, (2 tone, 2 volume). The construction certainly feels sturdy enough. The D Tuner is very handy for switching to drop D instantly.
To start off, the stock tuners are crap, as with most Ibanez guitars. The G string never stays in tune, thus making it impossible for me to do octaves, or certain arpegios without sounding like garbage. Same thing for the pickups. Ibanez doesnt put the best pickups on their non-prestiege models, and this is a prime example. They just seem to lack a certain something that higher end pickups have, such as crunchiness with palm mutes. The average player will never notice, but i do on occasion when I switch back and forth between this one and my brother's Schecter C-1 Elite (great guitar!)
Additionally, the guitar comes with a "wrap around bridge". This is simply a brige that is also a tail peice. I haden't heard of such a thing before playing this guitar, and chances are, you havent either. I'm gonna swap it out with a tune-o-matic wrap around replacement because my brother has a tune-o-matic on his and i love it.
The quality was above average of what I expected from Ibanez. I admit, ibanez wasn't my first choice I had in mind when buying a guitar (Schecter 006 woulda been nice....) but none the less it is built to last. If you want a guitar to last, always go with anything but basswood or alder.
This guitar will suit the beginning to average player just fine. I know allot of people say that about EVERY guitar, but i actually know what im talking about. The only real complaint i have (which is a big one) is that as with most guitars in this price range ($300 new), you will feel the need to upgrade it eventually. If you are in love with this guitar, by all means buy it! It's a great guitar and i love it to death, but it will need upgrading in the future. I recomend:
Semour Duncan '59 and Distortion humbuckers,
and a Tone-pros Tune-o-matic brige. (kinda hard to find. try ebay)
after all this, you will have an amazing guitar
Please feel free to email me if you have any more questions.
I baught this guitar at Mother's music in Winnipeg. 475$
I like the Les Paul shape. It has a good set of pickups. The action is really good on this guitar so it makes playing fast songs easier. I like the thin neck as well. The downtuner is handy! Good for lazy guitarists who hate to switch tunings.
I do not like the neck pickups. They are a little muddy for my liking( using a trainer t-15. Really really old amp) It may be better with a new amp. I don't like the weighting because it brings your neck down and then ic concert, if u stopp to sing, before you play, you have to reah and grab the neck and you can end up being late.
Made in Indonesia. Quality is pretty good. Don't keep the factory strings. Switch to Ernie ball or Gibson. It helps the guitar sound better
Its a good guitar for the money. I would buy differently thought if I were to buy another guitar, I wuld stay away from the AX's because there is better. Its a really good guitar though! Its worth the money and worht buying