I got this guitar with a dean markley 8 watt amp for 120 bucks from a friend. i don't know how old it is. It is my first guitar, and i was too poor to get anything else, and i wanted something with a humbucker and 2 single coils, just to see what i would like. It was a great deal, and i still consider the guitar awesome, even though i consider myself an intermediate, self taught.
the humbucker is awesome. I play anything from
celtic, to Klezmar(believe it or not), to green day, to harder stuff. The humbucker with heavy gain on the high E string, can sound like bagpipes to a violin, interstingly enough. On the other hand, the humbucker is awesome with distortion. on clean, it has a very hard bright sound, which is a little too sharp. The single coils are good for the clean sound, and they sound very jangly on chords. Very versitile. The neck is very fast and slim. I played a very expensive PRS Tremonti at a friend's house and the neck was like a baseball bat. I prefer my guitar to his.
I do not like the single coils with distortion. they are very muddy. The strap also comes off a lot because the guitar strap pins are in bad condition (see below.) The humbucker is a little too sharp on clean.
The guitar is built very well. the only thing i don't like is the screw that holds in the strap on the bottom has come out, and i have to glue it in. The strap comes off a lot of the guitar. Fortunately, i always can grab it before it hits the floor.
It is a great first guitar! i have playered it for 9 months, and i still consider it a great guitar to play. I will upgrade when i can to a marshall 15 watt amp, as my amp is very poor, but i will continue to play my ibanez until i get enough money to get a epi les paul.
I got my Ibanez as a gift from my folks...don't know how much it was...probably cheap because we're on a tight budget.
Just about everything. The strings are nice and low on the fretboard so I can "really light it up", if you will. Sounds nice and you get a good tone out of it.
The nut that goes around the output jack on the guitar itself was coming loose. I tightened it and nothing happened again.
Solid. Built solid.
This was my first and only guitar, but it wasn't my first expierience with a guitar. I had tried out my friend's Fender, Gibson, Alvarez, and many others, (his dad is a guitar junkie and has LOTS of guitars) and my parents asked him about what would be a good quality axe for the price. He immediately said Ibanez. The first time I picked it up, I fell in love with it. My next guitar, which I will be purchasing soon, will be the Ibanez Artcore AG75...that too is amazing.