I think this is a good guitar for the money you pay for it. I'll give it four stars *****
Model Year: 2001
Price: $200.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
24 frets,six strings, black,
This is a great guitar for the price. I love this guitar and spend all my time playing this guitar.
My next guitar is going to be an Ibanez.
Where Obtained: Local Music Store
Five-way selector switch
One tone, one volume knob
Ibanez makes great necks. The action was set perfectly when I bought it. I had an Epiphone SG (bolt-on neck) before and I don't think I'd be able to go back to it. The cutaways leave enough room to easily get to the 22nd fret. The tuners aren't that great but it still stays in tune pretty well. This is definetly a good beginner's guitar.
I play it through a Boss Metal Zone MT-2 into a small combo amp. It sounds pretty good clean, and the Metal Zone makes a good sound for metal (not much else though). If it was used with a different effect, it would be well-suited to most styles. It sounds a lot better than my Epiphone SG did.
I haven't had the guitar for too long but it's still in the same condition as when I bought it.
This was my first guitar, so im used to it and kinda biased when it comes down to my opinion, but for the money, its a great mid-range guitar. Plays well, has good tone and feel, is fairly versatile in that it can cover most styles of playing, and hasn't caused me any grief over the years i've owned it. I'd pick this over most of the guitars in the $400-$500 price range.
Price: $450.00 australian (new)
Where Obtained: Allens Music
Not bad for a middle of the range guitar, finish is gloss red, THREE pickup groups (2 single, 1 humbucker).Is a typical fender strat style, nothing that stands out in a big way, but it's not ugly to look at, just plain.
Since i bought it i lowered the action and its quite low and fast to play on, and still retains plenty of tone and feel.Neck originally required slight adjustment due to slight hump, otherwise not a problem.
The neck and frets are a perfect size for a beginner, not too chunky or cramped.
Sound is kinda tinny at times on the humbucker, but the standard pickups still do a great job, the neck pickup gives a nice bluesy fender tone to it, and considering again that these are factory standard pickups they throw great sound and tone.
No complaints here really, it's a fairly reliable and well built guitar. Apart from the slight truss-rod adjustment made when i first bought it, it's been fine ever since. Holds tuning well and doesnt need much adjusting unless the humidity gets to it, but that kinda goes without saying. Tuning heads are sorta of tight and could probably do with being removed for a better set...