Re: Sick of fender and gibson's lazy designs?
While some folks may not agree with Cid's delivery, if you spend any time hear you will understand that he is in fact correct. Lately folks have been starting threads bashing on non-Ibanez brands which leads me ask what is your goal is starting this thread? What type of outcome do you expect as a result of this thread? Please understand that I'm not slamming you for starting this thread as I have no problem with you doing it. I just would like to understand what you hope to get out of it. With that out of the way, I would like to give my .02 on the issue you're raising - innovation.
Innovation is a tricky thing. Too much or too little and you lose those consumers who are faithful to the brand. If you have just the right amount of innovation (something that's different but not too different), you will succeed.
The fact is innovation requires risk (taking a chance) and the willingness to accept failure (in the case of a business that means losing money which is something most businesses aren't as willing to do nowadays.
When it come to more traditional brands (e.g Fender and Gibson), their core customer base doesn't really want too much innovation. They buy their guitars because they generally like them for what they are (e.g. if it works, don't fix it). They may change little things (tuners, pickups, finishes) to keep things from getting completely stagnant but in general, there isn't much demand to radically change their designers. Fender and Gibson still own a big share of the market so they're not willing to take a chance to lose that.
At this point, that's where the less traditional brands (anything other than Fender or Gibson) come in. They're always looking to expand their customer base so they are more willing to take chances with more radical changes to their lines. Even then, they don't rock the boat too much (read some of posts about "another black Ibanez?") because less traditional brands still have their loyalists that demand certain features in their instruments (locking trems, thin necks).
On one hand, I can understand why you would find the lack of innovation from some brands frustrating. On the other hand, if you consider why there is lack of innovation you might be able to come with terms with it and not let it get to you.