I've had my eyes on this thing for a while now, since whenever the first time I saw it online was. The specs seemed tailor-made for me which--oddly enough, considering I like things pretty simple--is not actually all that common. Usually I'll either find the perfect configuration but with a maple or rosewood neck, or shitty annoying inlays, or it only comes with a floating bridge, etc etc etc. This one, however, is like ibanez read my mind and built me an axe.
So last night we headed to the mall to check out a new location that the local guitar shop opened up (pretty big deal...makes like 3 shops I know of in all of kuwait, one of which is worse than useless, like shopping at best buy). They had this hanging on the wall and it was an instant 'fuck yes' moment when I got it plugged in. Walked away and had dinner, was going to let it go due to finances & shit...wife told me to go buy it
I know iron labels get a bit of a bad rap overall, but this one really is great. It could use some fret work, its definitely got a bit of sharp fret-end syndrome across the board, although some of that may be due to the climate over here. I haven't found any flaws in the finish, the hardware leaves nothing to complain about. Set-up out of the box was pretty good although I did lower the action a bit. The dimarzio's they put in it seem pretty good. I'm still considering swapping my x2n into it, but I would put these pickups into my carvin rather than trash them I think. It DOES seem to have one dead fret...22nd & 23rd fret on the 2nd string ring the same note. Luckily for me...I never run that high up the board
Overall, if you're looking to spend 8-900$ on a new guitar, this IMHO is a great choice.