Looked at a few different ones from Fernandez and a coupel Fender strat copies (nameless clones). After seeing another person playing it and the color I figured give it a try. I was in the market for a cheapy to see if I'd stick with it, which I have. It felt pretty good and was reasonably comfortable. Not too heavy as some of the cheaper ones were and pretty durable for the money.
If it were lost or stolen? Well it was given to my son after I replaced it with a JS1000 so if someone took it from him I'd chase them down simply because of that lol.
My favorite aspect was it's a very good guitar for a very reasonable price and liek moany others on here have said, this is a perfect guitar for a beginner and not a bad intermediary either.
Get rid of the whammy bar on here, It's in the box but don't bother using it unless you need practice tuning. The one bad feature is the agathis body does not respond well to the whammy bar pulliing on the bridge as the body is too soft and light. Use it 2-3 times and on the 4th press "whack" your retuning. A fixed bridge (body set) with a whammy bar never did make sense though.
For the money this is one of the more impressive guitars.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $210.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Bender Music Elkton, MD
Made in Indonesia
Agathis body and super smooth neck with rosewood fretboard
22 frets (std) 6 string electric
One volume and one tone control knob
5 position pickup switch
JB (jewel blue) finish
Double cutaway high on left (top for righties)
Standard whammy type tremelo (body set)
Action was high when first purchased. Raised the neck off the body slightly, retuned and plays good now.
The neck on this one as with most Ibanez models is great. Super smooth and perfect for a small, medium or large hand.
Compared to other guitars in the same price range I'd have to say it was better than most except in tuning. I've seen on here where others had problems with either a high or low E string but mine actually was on the D string. It seemed to never want to fully stetch out properly until I replaced the strings.
No flaws or imperfections even on a low end guitar. Pretty impressive.
Various smaller amps 10-20 watt range.
Wah pedal, chorus flnger and delay/echo.
Suitable for all styles, some better than others.
Sound was actually pretty good considering the price, the pickups were semi warm (because of amp size?)and full but the highs didn't quite reach.
This was my first electric so nothing else before that to compare it to.
Mods, replaced the bridge pickup before giving it to my son with a fuller sounding Dimarzio that made a huge difference.
Would I use it as a main guitar on stage if I played there? No. Would I have it with me as a backup though in case, absolutely. It's very reliable and for the money I haven't seen anything out there that could beat it in value or sound quality. All the controls and everything are holding up beautifully but then again I don't use my instruments for baseball or hockey practice.
During climate changes it actually surprises you. Once it gets cold the tone gets a little brighter but not so much you can't handle it. In warm humid weather it gets a little lower as the body and neck grow but again nothing thats not manageable. After having had an acoustic this was a welcome addition.
This is a great overall guitar for beginners and intermediate levels of playing.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $270.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Hot licks
The Ibanez Gio is a very good starter guitar. the two single pickups and the humbuckers offer a wide variety of sound. It only has one volume and one tone nob but i still like the sound it produces.
The neck on this guitae is very nose, rose wood like usual but very nice.
The sound is nice, but you need to take care of the strings a lot or the sound goes dull
The durability in the body of the guitar is OK. the paint tends to chip fairly easily, but the sound is very staedy. n climate changes the guitar is amazing. i carry it in and out of buildings, but the tuning is almost perfect.
Great guitar for the type of player I am. Once I evolve my playing a little more, I'll get a more serious style of guitar.
Model Year: 2000
Where Obtained: Music Galax
Very Low action, and is made for all different style of playing from Metal to Alternative, maybe not so much Classical, but deffinetly could give it a run with the right player.
I've dropped it so many times and it still keeps on rocking like a soldier.
Cant fault it, its beutifulyl made and looking guitar, couldnt ask for a better electric to learn on really
Model Year: 2002
Where Obtained: Johhny Roadhouse music (uk)
This is a great beginers guitar (being a beginger im not sure if that makes me more or less able to say that) all my more experienced player friends have commented on how good it is, in loads of different ways (though one of them did say he didnt like the quality of the pickups, though hes not really into crunchy sounding guitars me thinks :) )
The only thing ive prefer to mine is my friends ibanez sx, but then its a considerably more expensive guitar so what can i expect. sometimes have a little problem in that i accidently fret the low and high e's in such away as pushing them off the fretboard, not had such a problem with that on other guitars, so not sure if its me or the guitar or some combination of them both
I stated off running through a zoom 505-II effect pedel (its got a preamp etc) and some computer speakers, which wasnt really satifactory. Though since buying myself a marshall G15R-CD i prefer running it clean through that, however the zoom ill come in handy when i have to go home on train as i can run off batterys and take it home with me without lugging the amp, which ill be nice, dunno if mum ill apreciate it :)
Havent ha any problems with it so far, but then ive only had it 2 months, seems to be holding together pretty well. Seemed abit diffictuly to tune at first but i swear its getting easier now, havent tried the tremolo, and from reading otehr reviews i might leave it off for a bit longer.
The tremolo arm's a bit weird - makes the guitar go out of tune pretty quick, but how often would you use it? It sounds great, it's easy to adjust, and it even comes with the tools to do it. Oh, and a spare spring - yay!
A great first electric guitar, recommended without predjudice.
At 160.00? That's value for money, my son.
This time next year, we'll be millionaires...
Where Obtained: Academy of Sound
It's got everything you need in a first guitar. It's shiny too...
Great action, although my low E is a bit dodgy sometimes (Just my guitar?). The high e occasionally gets caught under a pickup, but that's probably my abusive playing of the guitar.
Great for both rhythm and lead, sounds good with overdrive. Background fuzz is minimal.
At first, mine was going out of tune all of the time, but I've found that it stays in tune a lot better after a few months of playing. Had to tune it twice for playing three songs. hmm.
A guy I know who is, um, kinda' crap on guitar, was playing it, and it didn't break. Now that's durability
Model Year: 1998
Price: $170.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Taylor's Music
This was my first guitar... and was the best damn begginner guitar in the world!
This is great for a begginner/intermediate, everything you need.
Good, but not as good as my new RG... it was my first guitar, 170 bucks. For that money, it sounds great.
Dropped it a few times, it was fine.
This guitar is a nice beginners guitar. It sounds alright, and is easy to play. But it doesn't stand up to time very well, not real durable. And I had to keep on tightening the nuts( i think the're called nuts, the octave shaped ring around the opening to the plug in for the chord) And the screws near the bridge kept on getting loose too.
Model Year: 1998
Price: $215.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Beautiful Music
Nice body shape, but i didn't like the head too much.
After a while i realized a few frets didn't play, they just rattled. In the high frets, near the body.
There were sometimes it sounded a little off, but over all it was good.
This guitar is not very durable. After a year the volume controls on the guitar fell off. And some of the tunning pegs were a little loose.
I am giving this a five because it is a great guitar for the price. It is the best low end guitar I have played.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $189.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Music123.com
GSA-60 Made in Indonesia. Agitis body. Maple neck with Rosewood fretboard. 22 medium frets. One volume nob and one tone nob. 5 way selector. H-S-S configuration.
Action came a bit high when I bought it. Very nice neck for quick playing. One of the best low end guitars I have played. My only gripe is the trem kinda sucks. I don't even bother using it.
For some reason that guitar called to me it was like" hey jay you want me" and i bought it. i went from a used yamaha that i found n a pawn shop to this. i love it get this gutiar
Price: $209.00 (new)
Where Obtained: allegro music
Its great. maple neck, standard tremalo. humbucker pickup. i got it in jewel blue.
Its the first new guitar i bought so i might be biased but it sounds great. it does get knocked out of tune very easy because of the tremalo though
I use a fender amp and it sounds great.its got a beutiful tone
It seams to be holding up. i dont really plan on taking a sledge hammer or anything to it. should hold up well enough.
This is an excellent guitar and I only chose to look at Ibanez guitars for bass and I looked at a few other models which were 5 string but this one is 4 string and it suited me so I cohse this one. It's an excellent bass and if you are looking for a new bass particularly from Ibanez, then you should get this one because its got awesome features, adn pretty much everything about it is great and at most music stores you can get a great deal on it that wont make you bankrupt.
Price: $229.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Abrams Music
My new Ibanez bass is sweeeet. It has a mahogany fingerboard, it's a 4 string, 22 fret guitar, with 1 vol. and 1 tone switch, the finish is a dark sparkly metallic blue, and it's probabaly my favorite guitar and since its from Ibanez, that just makes a whole lot better.
Three Words: It plays AWESOME. That's all u need toknow.
The sound is great with my Marshall amp and I think that it sounds good for a lot of different types of music.
Not sure because I just got it but I've heard that this is great for durability and it looks pretty durable to me.
This guitar is great and I recommend it to anyone!
Model Year: 1998
Price: $195.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Taylor's Music
This guitar is so awesome! It as 4 pickups, fine mapele neck, 2 control knobs, glossy black finish, and very great wood. This was a great-priced guitar and I absoloutely love it!
This guitar is great... it plays fine and better than most guitars.
The guitar has always been fine and I've treated it great.
I think maybe im biased..but im in love with this guitar.
I recommend it to anyone with only about 200 bucks to spend on a guitar and they want the most for their money.I haven't seen a better deal anywhere.
Price: $220.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mundt Music
Very smooth looking and sounding guitar.
Nice looking S body shape.
I liked that it had a whammy bar...but i ended up taking it off because of the tuning problems that come with excessive use.
i believe its a 22 fret...maybe 23 but i know its not 24...
This guitar is way smooth. The action is very sweet.
I dont think you can get better tone for this amount of money. Ive played it through several different amps, and the tone quality has impressed me every time. Very nice.
I do tend to have tuning problems because of the bridge.
Even after you take a whammy bar out, you still have a few hassles as far as staying in tune. overall, its a well built guitar, tho.