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Everything is cheap in this guitar. Even though it has vintage keys it stays in tune while using tremolo bridge. I'm not able to judge pickups but they are definitely more concentrated on output than frequency response. Knobs are fender smooth. Frets are ok but they wear easily. The nut is too high and action is not easy to set but after comparing it to price it is good guitar
When I first got it (in 2009) when I was 9, it was a hideous candy red. At the beginning of the summer of 2015, I sanded the finish off and burnt my own design into it. I worked on it until mid-September. When it was done, it had a new, cream pickguard with a Seymour Duncan SH-2 in the neck and an Invader in the bridge, one volume, one tone, and three way switch. Eventually I will upgrade the tremolo and such, but for now it's done. My only complaint is that the neck is a tad crooked, but i can fix that later.
Everyone gets one of these for their first guitar and I still play the crap out of this thing. Ive upgraded all the electronics in this bad boy and honestly it plays better than a fat strat. Sounds better too! This guitar has the most playable neck I've ever seen. The action after all these years just keep getting better and better the more I play it. I don't think Ibanez makes these anymore but I'm glad I have one.