I picked this guitar out when I was 13 years old, so naturally my tastes have changed since then (1985). If it were lost or stolen I would miss it more for sentamental reasons. They could definately have done a better job with the pickups on this guitar. My favorite aspect is the neck. It is remarkably playable and fast and I end up giving a 4 overall b/c of the neck. My least favorite is the stupid Ibanez tremolo. You're only going to find this guitar in a pawn shop or on eBay, but if the price isn't too high and you're into the shape of it, consider picking one up.
Model Year: 1985
Price: $0.00 (new)
Where Obtained: ?
Made in Japan, I presume. 22 frets, rosewood fretboard, bolt on neck, 2 humbuckers, 3 way switch, brass volume and tone control, Ibanez locking trem, black hardware. Original finish was hot pink but I have refinished it to metallic blue. Original pickups were Ibanez blade type pickups, but it now has Carvin M22s in it. The guitar is an offset V shape like a Jackson RR.
The neck is very fast and playable and the guitar hangs comfortably in a standing position. The action can be set very low and fast without buzzing. When sitting, the V shape is actually not bad to deal with and causes the guitar to rest in a classical kind of position.
The original pickups were not terrible sounding, but they did cause a lot of feedback and were somewhat unbearable at loud volumes. The replacement pickups sound very good. The overall sound is a bit brighter than I generally prefer. This is quite definately a metal guitar, dictated by looks alone, but the original pickups were intended for metal as well. I would say this is a guitar more useful for stage use.
My guitar has been cracked in half by an accident that occurred a few years ago. I glued it back together with carpenters glue, and with a little plastic wood, paint, solder, and TLC it remains a respectable sounding axe. So, durable, I would say yes. As far as adjustments go, I was never happy with the trem setup and no matter what I do it doesn't seem to quite stay in tune with a lot of whammy action. I give it a three because of this. As a Floyd Rose fan, this is disappointing. I never had any trouble with any of the knobs or switches.