|Where do I start
|What is your overall opinion of this product?
|To start off, before anyone gets their feelings hurt, I am an Ibanez guitar lover, and have over 20 of them.
As delivered, the guitar was a complete disaster.
The best part of what was delivered, was the guitar case which is a semi-hard case consisting
of nylon fabric cover (like a gig bag) with molded and covered, hard foam interior sections.
The fret job is the worst I have ever seen on a new guitar; the frets are clipped, with no dress at all.
After tuning the guitar and taking that first strum, I wanted to throw up, as it sounded like a badly made
Next, I went through the frets, and discovered that two of them were loose and high which caused the high e and B
to go dead from the seventh to ninth frets.
Because I have over 120 guitars in my collection, I have to work on a lot of my own guitars, and posses the tools and
ability to do most work including fret, bridge, neck replacement, Etc. Etc., pressing the two frets down and redressing them
is no big deal, other than time. I have found the best way to check for high frets (not seated properly) is to use a short metal
rod, 1/2" to 3/4" Dia., and about 3" long. You want the rod to sit on 3 to 4 frets at a time. By holding down the rod hard on the frets,
and then pressing on one side and another (rocking), and moving it from fret set to fret set, you will be able to discern a slight rocking when a fret is high.
So, bad frets found, pressed and dressed back into place. Fret edges block filed at the proper angle, filed, sanded, and crowned.
Oh, by the way, the fret radius is 9.5 inches.
When removing the strings, the nut popped off, and one of the bridge pins broke off, so replaced all the pins, and put a little white glue
on the nut and cleaned up the grooves, as they were full of plastic filings from cutting the grooves.
Replaced the 11-52 strings with new Martin 11-52's.
Tightened the tuning pegs down, as they were flopping around, and treated the fretboard.
The guitar sounds great now, but the frets edges will need more work (normal), as I continue to play the guitar.
I must admit, that I bought two guitars the same week, and the other was flawless Epiphone EJ-200CE with NO PROBLEMS!
Up front, this did spoil me a bit.
To get this guitar right, you would have dumped $200.00-$400.00 at your local guitar shop for a $165.00 guitar.
Methinks this makes no sense.......................