Re: Are you really bothered that Ibanez aren't providing flashy axes?
No, because it's great to have cool 80's colors, but I find the older Ibanez users dominate this subject a bit and it's getting a bit tired to me. I know that DY and RFR and such are cool and remind you of the original 550s but, not everyone, I would argue most people, don't want a guitar in one of those colors.
I feel the same way when I see people posting swirl after swirled JEM and I personally thik it got old years ago. Now this is not meant to hurt anyone, please like what you want to like, but those color options and designs are dated and aren't quite classic for enough people that I understand not making every guitar in those bright colors.
I would like some more color options but, I would much perfer innovating hardware and design features. I hate to say it, but the 80s have moved on and shred is not in the majority. Yeah, I like it a bit, but if you gave me a choice between a DY 550 and a Black or White 550 with innovating new design features and I could only own one guitar (like most of the people who buy guitars) I would choose one of the later because then people wouldn't laugh at me in 5 years when the styles have once again changed.
Sorry but, I believe guitar collectors and people who started playing when shred and 80s heros were the coolest things don't make the majority of the guitar market.
People still wont be truly satisfied no matter what they do and most of us will customize any guitar regaurdless of features or cosmetics. They know all of these things and that's a big reason for their choices.