"good things in cheap packages"
This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.
Okay..here's the skinny...this guitar is no Gibson es-335...however it's less than 300 bucks. It's got a nice warm tone on the neck pickup, deep,dark, and jazzy...the bridge pickup is hot enough to have a little bite. It's pretty well balanced, but you'll need to set the action and intonation. I slapped some flatwound 12's on it and it blows everything else in it's price rang away (squire, epiphone, etc.)
Here's my breakdown....the finish is awesome...it's a great looking stain job, esp. the translucent blueburst that I got....the hardware is a little cheap, but It's a cheap guitar and you can replace hardware...the cream binding is super classy. The factory set-up blows, but really, how hard is it to adjust action? Also..the pickguard is cheesy, but I just took it off.
I'll give it a 9, because of the price....little things could be improved, but overall it seemes well made...I've had mine for about 6 months and no problems.
I can't rate this as I've not had to deal with Ibanez yet..however, it was super simple to register my guitar on their website.
this is where this guitar shines...unless you find some granny and swindle her out of her vintage arch top for $50...you are just not going to find a better jazz/ rock-a-billy guitar in this price range.
I think it's one of the smartest $300 purchases I've made in my 16+ years of playing.
The Wow Factor:
I lusted over this little gem for about 5 months before I bought...and satisfaction is not the death of desire....everyday as I drudge through work, I can't wait to get home and plug in.
my set-up is AG75 to daddy-o overdrive to crybaby to Vox pathfinder...this vintage-y setup gives me more than enough of a sonic pallette to do all the music that I love....granted I'm not a metal freak..but everything else is covered.