Looked at just about everything in this price range, and the look grabbed me first, followed by the playability and sound. I really like the thin body (it's heavier than my Strat, though). I would like an Honest to God American Floyd Rose on it, only because I bought an EVH D-tuna and the design is such that it cannot be installed on this model. If I were shopping again it would just depend on what I found out there. The choices in this price range now are unbelievable compared to a few years ago.
Model Year: 1996
Price: $800.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Privately owned music shop, Muncie, IN
Korean made, maple neck/rosewood fretboard, very thin profile mahogany body with flamed maple top; 22 medium high frets; 1 volume, 1 tone; H/S/H Axis pickups; passive electronics; Ibanez F/R licensed tremolo; gold hardware; pearloid neck inlays (oval)
Very low action; flat, wide neck (14" radius, I THINK), well suited to fast lead runs, no complaints.
I play through a Morley Bad Horsie Wah into a Digitech RP14 processor into the effects return of a Tubeworks half stack. Good for heavier distortion settings; for classic rock and blues numbers, I grab my Strat.
I've played it out steadily for 5 years, adjustments are stable. Only niggle I have is the bridge pickup height adjustment screws like to come out every now and then. I'll fix that eventually.
I tried out all kinds of guitar before I bought this guitar. When I first saw it, I knew it was the one. I can't find another guitar just like mine so if it was stolen I would kill myself. The only real improvement would be staying in tune. My favorite aspects of my guitar are the sound, look, and playibility. I love my guitar and would recomend it to any player who cares about playibility and wants a really cool looking guitar.
Where Obtained: The Sound of Music
Made in Korea. 22 frets, 6 strings. H/S/H pickup setup. 5 setting pickup switch and a volume knob and a tone knob. Jumbo Frets. Wizard neck(not sure if its wizard I or II). AH1 humbucker, AS1 single, Seymour Duncan Screamin Demon Humbucker in that order. Green and black tiger stripe finish, very pretty. S-series body style(so much nicer than those dumb RGs). Ibanez LO-TRS TREM II locking tremelo. I think it has active electronics.
Very thin neck makes my fingers fly. Plays muck easier than almost every guitar I've ever played. Only prob is staying in tune.
I use a Crate GX-212. My amp sucks. I usually play punk, funk, classical, and a tad of metal. My guitar is probably most suited for heavier music though it sounds really good clean too. A bit plunky perhaps. Very warm yet powerful sound. Only fuller sounding guitars I've played are Les Pauls and Paul Reed Smiths but those guitars are to expensive and don't look or play as well.
Definitly sounds better liver than in the studio.
It's had a rough life. A damn strap-lock came off in the middle of a show. Guitar hit the ground and cracked a small chunk out of the bottom. Switch knob constantly falls off. Climate change throws off the tuning. Tuning isn't that great to begin with. Never had any serious problems.