Gig verdict. After a Friday night show at the Hamlin Pub-Shelby TWP
; I can only state that I used alot less gain to get the same tone that I do when I play the '91 RG570. The tone I like is that AC/DC tone. Not heavy distortion, just crunch.
I am running through a Mesa F-100 playing rock covers. The tone of the 'Joe' is much, much, warmer. Almost 'dark'. Perhaps because of the smaller frets and more string-wood connection of the 'board. Or the way that the wang bar set-up is mounted.
I am hardly a lead player, but the lead tone is way better than the 570. How much better? It sounds like music rather than a string against a fret...about that
Perhaps the '91 Floyd and the larger frets of the 570 is part the tonal difference, whaddoIknow?
Anyhow, it's still gonna take some getting used to. I have to add some mids, and subtract bass from the Mesa, unlike the 570 that needed bass, very little treble, and minimal mids.
The feel is the most remarkable aspect. I took right to it, although I thought with less finish on the Joe's neck that my hand would stick to it, but that was/is not the case. It is easier to play, but after this gig, I am having it set up since I used it right out of the box, to determine how I wanted it adjusted.
Your Ibanez is professionally set up by our factory trained technician.
Yeah, nice try.
The rest of my bandmates were knocked out to say the least. As was I.
Out of the box, the fit & finish were/are flawless. I did notice the saddle shims that Rich talks about to make the radius work. The store clerks at GC-Southfield were surprised when I opened the case...not having seen a CA 'Joe' before, I guess. I spent about 15 minutes flyspecking every turn & curve. Those string holders in the saddles were properly aligned and like I mentioned, the finish was as consistently smooth & even over the whole instrument.
The neck joint, (from what I know) seems to be proper, even, and uh...looks good! Heck, it's my first new guitar in 8 years...yeah it was worth it.
I AM PLEASED! I just need many, many hours, to become 'one' with it.
Out of the box, in 20+ years of playing: The 'Joe' is the best
sounding, feeling, playing guitar I have ever owned.
however, trade it in a minute for a 2007 BMW M6. But not much else.