OMG, i had forgotten that i had even started this thread! i have bought like 10 guitars since this thread was opened. i still have the arc300. it is my les paul. that not saying much considering that i use rg's typically. it has since received a pair of duncans: jazz and jb, a petrucci switch, and a push/pull pot for the neck hum. controls are setup like a strat, too: v/t/t. it kills. i do love this guitar. but since this thread i have gotten several strats, some rt's, a few more rg's(including a rg7ct), and several artcore's(including an af105). not to mention a few new acoustics...there is probably more. this guitar is a killer, not to mention its a workhorse with mad tone...even with the stock axes. being that it is a chinese ibanez, the artcores that i have are all really good quality-wise. the pickups were the only down side, not so much a disappointment there, either. just not the duncans i swapped them with. they are great vintage sounding pickups, odd due to being ceramic, but really pleasant. i still have all my artcores stock with them. am73, afs75, ag85. the arc300 is by far the best deal for a LP type axe for under $500. i love it. the next axe i would buy like it would be an ar300, but for now the need is not there.