I got this guitar in 2004. This is my second Ibanez guitar, the first being a SA160 which I no longer own. It came with Dimarzio IBZ pickups which I later replaced for a Dimarzio Steve Special/Air Norton combination ala John Petrucci in his Ibanez days. The sound is warm, full and clear. Another cool distinctive feature of this guitar is the unique mirror dot inlays. Very cool.