Submitted March 13, 2021 by Chris S in Richmond, VA
"Not too sure just yet"
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I've got to say that for a guitar that cost over a grand, its definitely not what I expected from Ibanez out of the box. I was a little put off by the fact that it didnt come with a case to begin with, but a guitar of this price is worth buying a case for if it's a good guitar, which it should certainly be. It came with a tag from the Ibanez factory with 4 stamps from QC. It fails on two miserably and I can't imagine how it left the factory the way it is. The fret ends are sharp and in desperate need of filing, and not A FEW of them... ALL OF THEM, EVERY LAST ONE. I would need bandaids if I played a gig with this thing. Second, the setup, again, miserable fail. Intonation is not bad, but truss rod adjustment I doubt was ever made, which means intonation will still need to be done. So, IF I decide to keep this guitar, I'm in the hole for not only a FULL setup, but fret filing as well, which shoots that cost right on up. As far as fit and finish goes beyond the fret edges, the guitar is BEAUTIFUL, absolutely gorgeous. All the electronics work, and I love the Gotoh locking tuners, they are a beautiful touch that I would have paid to add later, so its sweet Ibanez is producing guitars at this cost level and including them (though locking tuners and Fishman pickups aside, these amenities still don't warrant the no case thing at $1000 Plus... c'mon Ibanez... a gig bag at the very least!)That brings me to the pickups. I'm a Seymour Duncan guy, a passive pickup guy. So, these Fishmans are VERY different, even from EMG's I've played in the past. It's gonna take some time finding the sounds I like if they are there to be had at all as far as my own ears go. Contrary to the stuff you see on youtube, they are FAR from sounding even close to passive in either mode. That being said, I don't expect them to sound passive. I have 2 other guitars for that. I purchased this in hopes to have a good versatile high gain axe. So, I'm gonna give it some time and if the tone is worth it, in the end, I'll get the frets fixed (possibly DIY them) but it's going in for a setup as soon as I get my Les Paul back in a few days because as of now this thing is horrid to play. I'll write another review after some time goes by and let people know what I think beyond the unboxing and initial jam. Was hoping to jam all day today so this is kind of a let down.
25 years playing guitar
Metal, Fusion, Classic Rock, Blues
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