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When I first tried the guitar out in the store, I played it without plugging in first and fell in love with its acoustic sound. Upon plugging it in, I was disappointed with the pickups. After testing others in the same price range, I found myself constantly returning to it and wound up purchasing it. Ripped out the Ibanez humbuckers (left the single coil in), and swapped them for Dimarzio Crunch Lab (B) and Air Norton (N). While the cheap hardware is bad enough to take a star off, this guitar quickly replaced my Dime-o-flame as my primary.
The first of two free Ibanezes given to me by a friend of mine. Didn't use them anymore, but they both needed work and he wasn't planning on fixing them! I only had to reinstall the Edge III (which was not fun, so I blocked it. I like Drop D and bending okay?) and string it.