Thank you for the warm welcome, everyone.
I realize I may have ranted a little bit there; it happens.
@nickcoumbe: This is where lack of experience really kicks me in the privates. I can't accurately compare two locking trems, let alone two normal trems. I guess the real test is about how well it'll withstand abuse, how stiff it is, how well it can perform a trill (or whatever it's called); I need to get my hands dirty before any of that happens. But on that note, I've seen an OFR detune slightly after a wide metal bend on the low E. (granted, I watch too many lick library vids).
Also, the concern with the classifieds is not being able to test the guitar properly, and/or it reaching me in the shape of fine tuners, pickups, a tremolo system and 5000 toothpicks. Our postal service is something to be feared. That's why I want something new. Just a quick note here -- the only used Ibanez guitars here are RGs around... 300-500$ mark. I guess I'm just picky, but I'd rather have something new. I'm way too much of a beginner to appreciate old guitars right now.
@IbanezFreak777: I've been doing research for around 3 months, at the very least. Everything from the wood they use, string gauge, tremolo types, tremolo spare parts, locking tuners, possible problems that might arise, pickup types, you name it. I know a fair bit of the bare bones stuff, but after reading up on some debates in various forums here, I feel like I really know NOTHING. I could probably make a half-informed decision about buying a hardtail at this point (you know, checking intonation and things like that, checking the nut, quality of the frets, and so forth).
@Rachmaninoff: The tremolo's my main concern, actually. I mean the neck feels awesome, the pickups are kewl, the only down-side I see is the trem. Personally, I'd rather not shell out 1,5 grand or whatever on a guitar if I'm not gonna be perfectly happy. I also don't feel like changing trems, those things are not available here.
But yeah, basically, from what I've read (outside my armpit of a country, and within) people are simply not satisfied with the Edge III. I'd rather wait and shell out the 3 and something grand on a 7V-WH to get the pretty white model Vai uses, and have a decent tremolo everyone seems to agree is cool. Of course I'm under no impression I'll sound like him... ever... but I rather like the guitar. Pearloid pickguard on a white sexy guitars makes me want to shell out money. :P
@eviltwin: No, rather I was hoping price reflects actual quality, but I've heard complaints. I'm scared of guitar setup that requires anything tedious (like refretting, or a fret sanding or whatever) because I think there's 1 or 2 luthiers (I also have no idea what the plural for luthier is) available here. And sufficed to say I don't know anyone yet. Beyond adjusting intonation, action, the truss rod, and so forth, I'd rather not step into the unknown.
@prydogga: I assume you mean the RG1570? It's the only one with an Edge Pro so I assume you mean that one. I apologize for being so nebbish, I'm just not used to all the names.
Thanks to everyone for showing an interest in my topic. I truly appreciate it.
I suppose I could just buy one of those RGs and change the pickups. If you could find Evo pickups around here. *slowly losing his mind*
Also, I assume there are no downsides to the 7VWH except the price? Just asking, since if you're willing to invest that much into a guitar... it's the details that keep you up at night.
Here's hoping the Legacy amp will be enough. It should be. I like my windows intact, at any rate. :P