Re: Best Ibanez overall?
I wouldn't say the S. It is very uncomfortable to me, to the point where I can't really play it. The SA, which is thicker, in my opinion would be better.
But I would have to say the best overall, is the RG5XX series as a whole. For me, I have a RG520QS. It is mahogany, some say that makes it better, but in my opinion, just different.
Many people like the RG550 because of the maple fingerboard and basswood body. Which is light weight, bright and even sounding. It also has a pick-guard, so it is front routed and has a more strat-like aesthetic.
People will often go to the RG570, which is the middle ground between the 550 and 520. It is rear routed (perhaps more modern looking in that regard), and has a rosewood fingerboard. The used value for the 570 is incredible (for buyers...) you can pick the up for as low as 200 USD.
Despite the prices being so low, I would easily put these up with the Jems. As long as you keep it set up well and like the pickups (a lot of used ones already have DiMarzios).
The 565/560 is a great option for people looking for a twist. They have a single in the neck. I have an RX60 (don't laugh), and loved having the single coil sound. When I got new pickups for my RG, I got a Fred for the neck, because it reminded me of a single coil.
Just my two cents.