Very nice guitar, get one of these.
Model Year: 2004
Price: $820.00 AUD (new)
24 fret, made in Japan. Gray Nickel finish. Pickups are V7-S1-V8. No complaints except for the different wood color used to make the neck are not the same. Makes it kinda look funny.
Requires quite a bit of time to set up. Also, when I got it the middle single coil is a bit high so it slowly eats my pick. I had to lower it a bit. Very nice neck.
The three pickups & tone control gives a wide range of sounds combined. Good sound, although a little on the bright side for my ears. The versatility negates this though, as this guitar can be played for almost all kind of music.
Pretty durable like any other Ibanez. Stay in tune pretty well, although I haven't really try to abuse it. Contrary to some people, I prefer my guitar clean, polished and looks new.
Overall...this is exactly the guitar I was looking for. I already own a very nice modern Les Paul-style guitar, and I wanted a modern Strat-stlye to go with it. I would buy this guitar again if it were stolen(just not from Sam Ash...grrrrr!)
Model Year: 2003
Price: $560.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Sam Ash
From the website:
3pc. Maple Neck Material
Rosewood Finger Board
Edge Pro bridge
IBZ V7 (H) Neck PU
IBZ S1 (S) Mid PU
IBZ V8 (H) Bridge PU
Pearl Dot Inlay
PC : Hardware Color
The Wizard neck is one of the easiest necks to play, IMO. It is thin and flat, and very fast. Chords ring out, and single note runs are smooth and sharp at every point on the neck.The action is set fairly low, the trem is smooth and stays in tune very well.
This guitar sounds great, plain and simple. The pickups deliver everything you could ask for, from warm blues tones to snappy jazz and funk. With heavy distortion, the notes retain their clarity very well. The pickup switch sometimes seems pretty noisy, but other than that it sounds great.
I would imagine that this guitar would hold up as well as the old RG 570. It seems to handle the weather pretty well too: it has been cold, and I have been travelling around with it, and the tuning has remained pretty solid throughout.