Re: Seeking advice on a guitar with locking trem
That's quite a wide range of spendings that you point out.
Have you considered a RG550 genesis to stay in the medium price range? Excellent bang for the buck in my opinion.
This is wise advice.
With a good setup, an RG550 gives you a neck that is easy to play, a bridge that stays in tune, and pickups that sound good enough. If you wanted to swap them out for aftermarket pickups, you would not be the first person to do so. If you want to replace an RG550 as I described, in a year, it will having nothing to do with playability, tuning stability, or sound quality.