I've yelled "Metal!" while picking up this guitar so many times that my neighbors stopped calling the cops when I do it. But the thing is, I don't play metal on it. This guitar gives off an aura that lets you know it could hang around the shoulders of any shredder and fit right in, but it can do whatever you need it to. Of all my guitars past and present, the bridge humbucker sounds the best. Warm, fat, but full of tone that let the highs ring true. The single coils feel generic, and don't provide the mids that I can get out of my other guitars, but when you throw distortion on the amp this guitar handles it best. Again, that humbucker pulls so much weight. Rock, blues, the occasional jazz piece, pop, metal, this guitar sounds "okay" on most, and even "damn good" on others. If you want one guitar, don't shy away from the budget-friendly Ibanez just because of its looks or reputation.