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My back up is an Ibanez Iron Label RGIR27ZBK. Like the Premium line, it is one of the newer models made specifically to suit the needs of the “metal” player. Simple and to the point. Great fret work, volume knob, and a kill switch (toggle) that I never thought about using until I had it but I now use every time I play the guitar. The clean black finish with white binding looks classy but still stands out as a metal guitar. Stays in tune, plays great, fast, easy and fun. These guitars definitely stand up to the higher end guitars being produced by most of the companies out there. Definitely a great set of tools for tour.more
I can't make my mind up what I enjoy most about this instrument... The fact that it comes stock with EMG 707's? Or maybe the three piece maple-bubinga-maple neck (which is without a doubt the best guitar neck I have used, period)? The fact that it carries low frequencies effortlessly, and with clarity? Or the fact that you can drive it to hell and shake a room, or roll it off and get a beautiful clean sound? I can't choose, but considering how it sounds in D standard with a drop G on the 7th, I imagine it's a combination of all of them. Big sound, simplistic control, ultimate playability, and ultimate affordability (considering the instrument).