ART300BKC from ze back!
The collection, which I believe to be complete now!
So, I've been jamming on this thing for a few hours now, and I'm feeling like I robbed a bank or something. What a sweet guitar for $400. The fretwork is great, the finish is unique and awesome, and the pickups scream.
As a long-time Ibanez guy it's always just been a given to me that when you get a new guitar you have to change the pickups, but I'm thinking these new LOZs are here to stay. I'm very impressed. They distort like crazy through high gain, the first thing I had to do was roll the gain WAY back from where it usually is. They seem very responsive to the EQ on the amp, and gave a really loud clear and crisp clean tone through my xxx that I found very pleasant.
The finish really has to be seen in person to be appreciated. It doesn't seem to be a "textured" finish at all, I think it's actually a carved top on the guitar. It's a transparent finish thats not quite black over what they call a "scalloped" maple top. I've never seen anything like it before.
The neck is thicker than I'm used to from Ibanez, but I'm finding it very comfortable. The fretboard is a lighter colored rosewood, and the inlays, while obviously cheap, seem to be very well done.
The "Tone" pot doesn't seem to have much of a sweep, but other than that I can't really find a flaw in this instrument.
I love it.