I got my HSS Prestige AZ today! I played it for 3 hours before writing this initial review. Setup: Very, very good. No bad notes. Fretwork flawless. Only gripes are 1) it came with the strings detuned so I had to adjust it up - but I think for shipping this is actually preferred. 2) the action is pretty much right at Fender factory specs if you look at their strats. I think this thing can go lower, as there is 0 buzzing - so I think the Ibanez factory is setting them up conservatively. Looks: Perfect. No flaws found. I can say I was a bit surprised by how dark brown the neck was - super roasted, to where at first glance I wouldn't guess it's maple. But it looks good. Feel: Like a strat, with a flatter neck radius. This is going to be a major divergence point for players - for me, it's perfect. The satin finish on the back makes it smooth, and as mentioned, the frets are great (not as wide as on my RG prestige, but as tall or taller). The thickness is going to turn off some Ibanez fans - but I felt I could shred as well as on my RG - and the smaller string spacing works better for my style of playing. *By the way, I put a Schaller S-Lock (new ones) on it with 0 problems. The screw fit in perfectly, basically a direct replacement screw. Sound: Here is another place where the guitar is either going to shine or disappoint, based on player preferences. I really like the Hyperion pickups, both the humbucker and single coils, but they are for players looking for a strat alternative, not a modern rawk guitar alternative. The humbucker is weak - they say "moderate" but as far as humbuckers go, it's more on the hot paf side of things. The custom uoa5 in my les paul is MUCH heavier and CUTS (of course the guitar is different too..). The hyperion humbucker does not cut in a way that metal or aggressive rock would need. It would do GnR, VH and so on really well though. The single coils are not glassy - they are smooth and rounded, very good for solos as well as chord work - but they don't sound quite like say CS Fat 50s do with that twanginess. I think the single coils sound more "jazzy" than "texas blues", but that's very general. As for the coil tapping, I was pleasantly surprised by the serial mode with the neck and middle SCs where they become like a neck humbucker - while maybe not 100% a neck humbucker tone, it's pretty good. A bit spankier due to the string spacing. I thought the split humbucker was only "so-so" and sound like I personally would expect a split humbucker to sound, not like a true SC. The only other "special" sound that I liked was the tele style one with the neck and split bridge - not really a tele, but close enough. In general I think I'll keep that button in the down (normal) position most of the time, with it up for songs that need a neck humbucker sound. Overall: I am super happy with my purchase - I will keep this guitar as it is (minus maybe a string gauge change and a setup) . I think HSS owners will be looking for this kind of guitar - I just wonder if some people who purchase an HH will be disappointed by the lack of output.