I was kind-of in the same dilemma. I'm a former LP devotee
I was looking around for a Gibson Les Paul, already had a nice Hohner LP copy, and then started looking into Ibanez guitars because some of the S-series are quite sexeh. I had almost decided on an SC420 (twin HB, stoptail, lovely guitar) when the a young salesman handed me a JS100 and suggested I try it.
I wasn't a huge fan of Satch, but I liked "always with me, always with you" and admired his technique so I tried the JS100 and was pleasantly surprised! Tonally it was better than the SC420 (and possesses a far greater tonal pallete than any LesPaul bar the Jimmy Page Sig.) and the whammy bar didn't get in the way so I was impressed.
I looked into getting the JS1000BP, since I'd seen it online as the next one up from the JS100, and I hate the "Satriani" 12th fret inlay! I then almost
got the JS900BP by mistake, thinking it was the same as the JS1000BP
but 2 days before delivery I realised my error and after some last minute negotiating (during which Coda-Music were understanding, extremely helpful and generous) I got a JS1000BTB for little more than the retail price of a JS900BP!
I was shocked, relieved, and extremely chuffed.
When it arrived I picked it up and was awestruck by the finish (had never actually seen it - bought it on faith!) and when I plugged it in I realised it was without doubt one of the finest guitars I'd ever layed hands on.
Is it a Les Paul? Nope. But it sounds enough like one, and can also sound like a Strat.
I still want to get a Les Paul, because deep down that's always been my dream guitar, but I'm pretty sure the LP will be my backup guitar since I'm already happy gigging with my sexeh JS1000BTB
I don't use the trem very much, but it's a lo-pro edge and doesn't get in the way at all, and resting your palm on it doesn't alter the pitch. I occasionally dabble with it, and I'm glad it's there in case I ever decide to develop my whammy abilities seriously.
occasionally gets cheap JS1000's in, and there's always eBay and private ads. The JS1000, whether it's a BP or BTB, is a beautiful guitar, and it feels
good to play.
Save up a little longer and keep your eyes open for one 2nd hand.
Sorry for the big momma post but I love this guitar and it's an easy transition to go from a Les Paul to a JS
, I can't recommend it enough!