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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor design quality..., 26 Sept. 2013
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For the money, you'd assume that you'd be receiving a lot of guitar for the money (considering that DiMarzios come as stock pickups), however the quality control was beyond poor, even for a Korean made Ibanez.

The worst aspect of the guitar was the poor fret job. Running your fingers down the neck was uncomfortable and sharp. Not used to that from Ibanez guitars and was actually the worst fret job I'd seen.

The faux (painted) binding on the neck felt cheap and tacky. Almost like marking tape. It was prone to getting dirty, especially where Ibanez have used an eboniser on the rosewood and had stained the binding in some areas.

The binding around the body was off too, however I guess for such an ultra thin body, this is excusable.

The balance of the guitar was way off. Ibanez adding 24 frets on a Sabre designed for 22 frets means that the guitar was very neck heavy. I even filled the electric cavity with lead shot in oder to balance it out, but to no avail.

There are some really good points about the guitar though.

The Gibralter bridge was perhaps one of the best fixed bridged I've played on. The "cosmo black" finish tends to oxidise really easily, however together with its string-thru body, it had a really nice punch to it.

Unlike other double locking Ibanez Sabres, the sustain issue has disappeared! The guitar really sang and there was clarity all around the neck, even past the dust ends of the 18th fret.

The pickups were amazing - it's no surprise that these pickup combo is what Ibanez use in their J-Customs. The Air Norton neck was warm and full bodied, without getting muddy, and the Tone Zone bridge was clean and bright, with fairly high output without sounding shrill. The Blue Velvet middle pickup also allowed some beautiful Stratty tones too.

Another thing to mention, the rosewood used on the neck was really high quality, and the neck profile (despite being a Wizard 3) feels very nice. It has a bit more mass, and doesn't have that "thin" sound a lot of other Sabres have, especially in the split coil positions.

I bought this guitar not because I'm a metal fan. The guitar is very versatile, and in fact has very sweet jazz and clean tones - however the quality control wasn't what I was expecting, Ibanez has really gone downhill on their non-Prestige range.

If you don't mind getting a refret and a neck heavy issue, you'd be getting a lot of guitar for the money - but if you're after a well made, good quality instrument, best to find one in store rather than take your chances online.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible for handwriting, 13 Feb. 2013
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I wanted a tool to help me scribble some notes on PDF files so that I can email them to people.

The pen is okay for highlighting and it works great as a substitute for a general mouse, however it's horrible for handwriting. You always need to hold the pen at a certain angle which is very unnatural. It's impossible to write anything with any accuracy. When you glide the pen over a surface, it's absolutely fine, but it's when you press down to write - it varies in speed and it feels "sticky". It's fine for a simple double click to open a file, however.

I didn't want to splash out and spend £40+ pounds on a tablet, so I thought this would be a good alternative - big mistake.

If you want something that's good enough for handwriting - buy a tablet.


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