I'm a 48 year old intermediate player, play a bit of this and that. I can set up a guitar.
The guitar arrived perfect. Action might have been a touch high. But it already sounded great. I replaced the factory strings with Thomastic JS110 flatwound strings. I lowered the action considerably, and with the guage 10 jazz strings it just barely intonated. I reckon if there were such things as 009 flatwounds it mightn't have intonated, but then who is gonna put thinner strings on this? My lower E and A are at the end of the intonations adjustment setting but do intonate, otherwise i'd have moved to 011's. Keep in mind I lowered the action as much as I could too, all these adjustments are simply to personalise it, the guitar is fine as sold.
As it is, it worked out and plays beautifully. The frets could do with a bit of a polish (a touch scratchy on the bends, and you can bend 010 jazz strings. That said, they didn't need filling, just some elbow grease) so I did that, I keep meaning to buy one of those fret rubber polishers they sell on this site! Also the fretboard seemed quite dry so I fed it some Dunlop lemon oil and it feels great now.
That said with the binding etc, there were no rough fret edges on the hand when sliding along the neck.
The pickups are not high end, but I'm playing it at home through a modelling combo and they are fine. Better than I hoped after watching reviews.
It isn't that loud when played unplugged but ok for some practice, Jesus Wept! Man it comes alive when plugged in.
It isn't a large guitar, I'm 5ft 9in but I could see a teen or a smaller lady certainly feeling comfortable with this. It's easier to get around the frets, than many, but still roomy enough.
You can play pretty much anything on it, from jazz and blues and excellent for metal. Unplugged it's subdued, plugged in it's an animal in the best possible sense. It has few features but you know that if you are reading this. Yes it could do with separate tone and volume for the p/ups but then it would cost more. Balancing act of purchasing eh!
I'd definitely buy a more expensive Ibanez Artcore at some stage, but this does meet my amateur home use needs. It really is lovely to play.
My one is from Indonesia, and is nice in the matt blue, if darker than some photos. It's basically the exact guitar pictured on this site as Thomann sent me copies of the pictures they took of it as a rather peculiar extra.
The volume AND TONE pots work.
I watched a tonne of reviews before purchasing and am really happy with the purchase, and service from Thomann. It took about a week or so to arrive to Dublin, and I've written this review after playing it for about 6 months.