Okay, this is something that has been driving me crazy for months now and I need some help deciding my next possible NGD.
So during the 1st Jemsiter Congress in Tokyo, I went to Ishibashi in Ochanomizu and played this BEAUTY of a guitar, a 540R:
It is a guitar in need of some lovin, and I really fell in love with this 540R when I touched it (I ended up buying my 685 that day
Now, a local shop (the same place that I bought my 550 and 560) has this GORGEOUS 540S (1990):
Now, I don't know which one I want more... the 540S is HSH and while I have basically only HSH (except my Carvin and 560) I'm not a huge fan of HSS. However, the 540R is VERY different from everything I have (body shape, 22 frets, etc) and it's a sad little 540R that has been sitting in Ochanomizu for a long time. I7ve been gassing for an S for awhile (I was very active in asking about S series in the S series thread, and even went and tried out an S prestige a couple months ago, loved it).
The issue is, I love them both, but each has something about it that I'm not too happy with. I have seen an HH 540R around but it's damn near 700 bucks, way out of my budget. I'm looking for something more reasonably priced (the 540S is cheaper and local, but not THAT much cheaper).
If you had to choose one of these for your NGD, which would you choose and why?