About the Ibanez AR250
I'm planning to sell my Dean doubleneck (7/6-string), which has been my "Les Paul" for a few years. It sounds awesome and it's a good guitar, but I haven't found much use for the 7-string neck and it's very heavy, so it's the guitar I seldom pick up these days (I usually grab my 1989 Ibanez RG550 or Kramer Stagemaster Custom 1).
Anyway, I recently tried an AR250, which seemed like a good replacement for the Dean. I couldn't figure how it would compare to a Les Paul soundwise (the one I tried seemed pretty much flawless except for a few mm. paint mess in the binding), because I couldn't try it with my amp, thicker strings (I use 10s), or better pickups. The store didn't have any LPs either to do an A/B test. I can't afford an AR2000 and don't want a Les Paul (even a copy) because I don't like the lack of upper fret access on them.
So, those who have A/B'd a Les Paul with an AR250, please tell me if it would be worth getting, I'm basically looking to get a nice, fat Les Paulish tone to go with the sounds I get from my Kramer and RG550.