Alright, Ibanez finally released something for us that isn't a plain jane black model. Now its a see thru black Its got a real nice piece of black limba for a top, and a basswood body. Really shines through in direct light. I've had probably a dozen older ibanez 550s, but this is my first high quality modern Ibanez. It is great. The PAF7s are about a hundred times more awesome than I was expecting. I love the 6 string paf pros, so I was scared these would blow chunks, but they don't. The Gilbraltar bridge is surprisingly comfortable, too. It is quite big, or seems to be anyway, I am not sure its really any bigger than a hipshot. Isn't there a hipshot replacement for it out there? Through my Mark 3, this is a perfect Petrucci sound. All in all super happy, and can't wait to put more time on this.