I got rid of my RG2228A a couple of months ago, but really missed playing 27". I ordered the guitar online with a delivery date on July 7, then August 20, then August 5. Last week I received a notification the package had been sent, and the package was delivered last friday. The box had been opened when I received my supposedly new guitar; the guitar was not in factory tuning, but it didn't seem to be set up (higher string height than Ibanez standard, truss rod seems loose, but I haven't fastened it yet). There are scratches on the truss rod cover, though, and marks from a wall hanger, so I'm guessing it's been on display in the store. Enough of that: Isn't it a good looking fellow? I was seriously worried about the tiger veneer from the product pictures, but in person and in normal light it looks just fine, and the holographic effect/depth is minimal. Would've been great to not have the flame pattern, but this looks just fine. The finish is very hard, but I haven't put that to the test of course. The fret board looks like a tight grained rosewood, rather than Ebony. It'll look amazing when oiled, I'm sure. The guitar weights every bit as much as my old RG2228A with basswood body, probably a little more. The ash body resonates very nicely when playing. The pickups are very low-end heavy, and the neck pickup is a bit muddy when playing clean, but that could be the strings. The pickups sound great with heavy distortion, and I especially enjoy playing with split coils and the volume "at noon" - very nice punch and articulation. I saw the Eytschpi42 video and wondered if maybe the RGIXL7 get second sorting pickups, but I think these pickups sound just fine, and will probably sound even better with 9-12-16-24-32-42-52 Elixir strings. The booming could go away if I switch to lighter gauge strings, which is what I used on my 8 string with D Activators. I was contemplating on ordering a pair of Illuminators to go with the guitar, but I'll keep these pickups for now. The Gibraltar bridge feels great, almost like resting on an Edge tremolo. Want to know anything else? Ask! ... To the sad bits... or well, the neck. The body looks fine from what I can tell. Was this neck even built with this guitar in mind? There are no shims - it's mounted directly against the body The head stock finish is not even, and the top looks almost like someone put super glue over a ding or something: The fret board is just not well polished at all. It looks like someone did one rough pass with a file on the sides and that was "good enough" for QC (why bother at all?): There was not a lot of effort put into protecting the wood when fretting the guitar (both grooves from the pliers, scratches on the fret board and glue residue): Finally, the head stock veneer is cracked/has swelled: Is all this okay and their quality standard for Iron Label guitars, or should I contact the store? On a cheaper guitar I wouldn't mind, but I did pay over €900 for it. The guitar plays well, and they're all just aesthetic issues and I can fix all that "need" fixing by myself, but should I be happy with this quality at this price, or try to get the neck replaced?