It was between the Jackson and the Ibanez. The two guitars were pretty much the same, except the Jackson had duncan design pickups in it. But I just went for the Ibanez. I think that if it were a neck thru it would be better, but still, considering that the block of wood is sculpted to the neck, reaching higher frets is really no problem at all. I love it for it's playability, but I hate the trem. I think it's a decent second axe.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $450.00 (new)
Where Obtained: guitar center
24 jumbo frets, 6 strings
One volumn and one tone, 5 way pickup selector
2 humbuckers in a H/H configuration
Gun metal grey textured finish
Licensed Floyd Rose trem
Non-locking factory tuners
Action is pretty good.
The neck is shallow, so it's good for death metal
For it's price, it plays very well.
The volumn knob is scratchy, but other than that, it plays great.
I use a Line 6 1-12 Spider with the Ibanez. I usually play thrash metal, but that Ibanez with the Seymore Duncan in the bridge is well suited for quite a few different styles of music, especially blues and hard rock, but mostly metal. It has a warm but very bright tone. It actually sounds fairly good along with some distortion. I'm thinking about putting better tuners on it and perhaps getting the neck glued or set rather than the pre-existing bolt on I have now. I probably wouldn't use it in a studio, but rather on stage as long as I fix the volumn knob.
It's like a tank. I've dropped it so many times and the only things that happen to it are very minor chipping in the paint and maybe a few strings go out of tune. I usually have it serviced atleast once every 6 months. Quite a durable little guitar.