I started playing on this guitar and it served me well. I won't part with it now, but after getting past the learning curve, I find this guitar unplayable. I have basically retired this guitar for sentimental value.
I love this guitar. I felt like I should update my review after another 3 years of owning this guitar, as it has become my number one, which even I find surprising considering the price and quality of this guitar. There is nothing special about my Ibanez, apart from the Dimarzio D Activator pickup that i installed in the bridge position. The original bridge pickup wasn't bad, but it was a lot muddier, especially when drop tuned. The guitar was made in China, has a thin Ibanez neck, pretty rubbish hardware and electronics, and poor intonation from the factory. After resoliving some intonation issues, and putting in the new bridge pickup this guitar has become my favourite to noodle on in my bedroom, because of the massive variety of tones I can achieve. The stock neck pickup sounds terrible, but when combined with the bridge pickup, actually sounds like a single coil strat. The new bridge pickup sounds excellent in this guitar, but may be a tad too high output.
The fit and finish on this guitar is actually quite good, there were no rough frets, and the neck is well fitted and quite smooth all over. I love the blue colour, I just wish I could get a black bridge so I could convert it to black hardware, which I think would look killer. For an absolute beginner, I think this is one of the better super strat options, but as stock, don't expect much tonal flexibility.