I've been debating between this guitar and the newer silverburst Jackson Soloist 7 string. In the end, the simple beauty of this guitar and the high-quality woods are what drew me to this one, even if it's a few hundred more than the Soloist.
Some of you will want to know if it's a real top or if it's a veneer. Unlike the Ibanez Premium guitars, it's a real bubinga piece on the top and it has a 3-dimensional look to it in the light. The top is striking in person, much like most tops the pics online do it no justice. This is my first guitar with an ebony fretboard and my only electric with a stop-tailpiece.
The only downside I've seen so far is that I'm not jiving with the DiMarzio PAFs that come stock on it. I love the fact Ibanez is including DiMarzios in a non-prestige guitar, but these are just too low output for my tastes. Being that it's a 3-piece mahogany guitar, I am definitely changing the pickups out to something livelier.
The guitar played great out of the box, no truss rod adjustment needed, just a little work on raising/lowering the saddles to get the playability just right.
This is a guitar that will get a ton of play and is a super-inspiring instrument. I just can't wait to get some real crunch out of it with some higher-output pickups. I'm thinking Evo 7 and Liquifire. I've used those extensively and love them.
Freaking awesome, man. And I love the blank fretboard.