So, this box came from Musiciansfriend today....
Kei seems interested.... I open the box(insert sword swinging here), and inside is another box:
WTF could this be? Kei seems to wonder as well:
Back(look at that neck joint woohoo):
Back of head:
It's a Xiphos in white! Yay!
Time to do some work, though. On the bench:
Clean the board:
New Bevels: To the people who didn't think it was improvement. The guitar plays 10000000 times better, especially in the upper rage, where they completely made over the neck joint. The old Xiphos looked like a set-neck heel, while this would give a neck-through Jackson a run for it's money in heel contour. The back of the horn is beveled as well, making the high frets a dream to play.
Set-up: Ibanez must not do much but look at these after they come off the boat. 9-42 tuned to like D? Fretboard drier than the Sahara? First thing I did was strip the strings off, clean the thing up, and slap some 9-46s on it.
Finish: Good, except around the neck binding/frets, where it's discolored the binding and they didn't do the best job cleaning off the top part. The finish around the trem rout isn't the cleanest, but decent.
Fretwork: Average. The frets look good, and are decently shaped, but poorly leveled. This can be fixed easily. Still I have pretty low action on it, with some slight buzzing.
Neck: Surprisingly straight, which is good because it would be going back if the neck was fucked. Plays like an Ibanez, that finish is going to have to go byebye though. heh.
Hardware: Cheap. Cosmo. We'll see what happens to this.
Overall: For the first brand new guitar I've bought and liked in years, it's great. It has it's flaws, but nothing a little work won't help. Is it really worth the $700 price tag? Not unless you really love the Xiphos shape, which I do.
That white will stand out onstage!
I kinda want the 27 fret Xiphos, actually... I really like the way it looks.