my first "real" ibanez was an EX160 that i sunk WAYYY too much money into. owned it for almost 10 years. i acquired many guitar throughout that time and realized that i hated playing that guitar after becoming used to japanese RGs. i had put a fred in it, american strat singles, and a FRO as well. luckily i was able to sell it at a shop and they thought it was an rg560, so i got close to my money back, but in no way was that guitar just astounding. from a noob point of view, it was cool to own a pointy ibanez, but the low end ex160 wasn't a great choice. now the 300 series got way better, but after becoming so used to the RG shape, the ex just looks a bit off. the EX*50 models were even moreso with the funky upper horn pickguard.
i will also say that the ex160 spoiled me on the strat styled controls so much that if a guitar has controls that deviate too much from the EX, RG, and strat positions and placement...even down to the switch angle; i find them difficult to play/use. jackson's and les paul's really trip me up. i can't use them live, just for recording, same with my PRS.