Bah who cares if you're not some monster player. It's about what you like, and what makes you happy. If it inspires you to write or learn that's what matters. I personally like the older ibanez guitars with the traditional neck pocket cuz I can put custom necks on them and really make it my own. The radius for me is inspirational, the way the body looks and feels is something else... It's like no other guitar ever made. I loved it so much I bought 3 different pickup configuration types... HSS, HSH and a js100 (HH) with and upgraded bridge and warmoth neck substitutes the radius (since the body is essentially the same) it's made of the same wood after all. It stirs something in me... Thankfully they aren't as expensive 😬.
My father just splurged on a fender telecaster professional II. Over $1700 for a telecaster... A bit pricey IMO for such a basic configuration... Not my thing but it inspires him. Have you ever played a MIJ RG?
I have a red genesis that I got off ebay for $680, i got it for that price because it has a small chip on the back, besides that it was like new
I put an Evo pickup on the bridge that i got off sale and plan on installing a brass block and the ESP trem stabilizer which has some brass in it too
been entertaining the idea of installing a sustainiac too, it would be around $500 with pickup and install, still cheaper than a jem after all is said and done
i bought it cause i cant afford a jem and i dont want an old jem off ebay either, even those old ones are expensive
but my favorite jem is the lochness green
but that thing is like 5k if not more because is the green color is more popular and more expensive
when i saw it on 2017 i liked it but even at the original $3500 it was a lot for me
I have the money actually, i can pay cash for one even 5k
but it wouldnt be a good financial decision so my Genesis will do until im rich lol
never played a MIJ Jem tho, so i dont how much better it is, im sure is better than a genesis