Re: AANJ? Is there a need for it?
Lol Why the need to adapt? I'm surprised anyone would even ask this question. For a simple reason that early shredders shred on a square heeled strat and for the simple reason original RG's came with squared heels and that slanted squared heel is already a luxury. Tricks of the trade and trade secrets aside, sure you can use a low level analogy in comfort for comparison but we're talking about shredding a guitar here, not lazing on a couch. Or how about try adapting to not breathing? LOL
I'm not all against AANJ and I do agree that neck through a are more comfortable. If that is so for you, please stick to it. But I just can't change the notion that AANJ is a cost cutting measure for most guitar companies. I would avoid at all cost. I would rather go with a neck through than an AANJ. The only AANJ I own is a low cost RG350 when I came back to guitars after a 20 year hiatus, it's pretty reliable and holds up well. For those looking for a square heel neck joint, the new 30th Anniversary RG in quilted maple top is a good buy if cost is not a factor. Upper cut comes in a close 2nd if not for the AANJ.