First of I didn't know where to put this thread so if its in the wrong place im sorry admin :S
I've massively downsized my guitar collection over the past few months due to downsizing and selling any guitars I don't play/gig regularly. I now own 5. which are all Ibanez guitars. I have my Blazer my dad bought me when I was 13 (first proper guitar) a Roadstar ,1987 rg550 , PGM 300 (formerly toured with by Paul Gilbert) and a 1527m.
So with a few quid in pocket from sales and it would be handy to have another high quality Ibanez guitar that I can use for regular gigging (frets strings get worn out easily not to mention different tunings with a locking trem) with some versatility but aiming towards rock and metal mainly.
I have a short list in mind which I shall go through the pros and cons of in my mind. I would love to hear from current owners of these particular guitars as well as suggestions of other models that fit my criteria that I might have missed
First off im a complete fretboard snob I only play maple fretboards so must have one. I usually use a locking trem and require a bridge humbucker and like light guitars that play fast. Must be Japan made. So heres my short list.
original not premium
Its a JEM man!! They look so cool saw one when I was a kid always wanted one. Has all my requirements and more! its old I love old guitars with wear and character.
Pretty much the same as my PGM300 and same problem that you cant/don't want to change much around on it. Maybe swap out the pafs for a set of blue evos but that's it folks and like my PGM id have to be extra careful not to hurt it or scratch it.
Pretty new model looks awesome. Love the ash body and green finish.
Price is fair and there seem to be a few knocking about in Europe for sale.
The pickups would need changing. No single coil which I do switch to for clarity from time to time.
J custom rg8550mz
Looks amazing love the Red Spinel and mother of pearl fret board. Top quality hardware and top quality built being a j custom
hugely expensive meaning it would have to be 100% perfect, probs have to switch pickups out, id be scared to gig or leave it anywhere. Only available from Japan (or usa, or limited run ie not in Europe :S) as seems to be common with kickass maple fretboard guitars.
its an S series with a maple fretboard!!! :P so its something different ive always been an RG shape man and never owned one of these. super light,ZR tremolo which ive heard good stuff about, mahogany body num num, looks badass with the black and maple.
Have to ship from Japan as Japan only, have to change pickups, eerr not an RG so kinda out my comfort zone?!
Like I said all and any advice pointers would be very much welcome