Re: guitar that hooked you on Ibanez?
A long-time friend of mine from highschool his father owned *the* music store in the city where I grew up. His dad had been a '60's guitarslinger and had begun the best store around from the money he had made then. They always had the latest and greatest in all kind of instruments. (And they still do).
We always used to hang out in the store and play and stuff. I remember walking in one day and they had a signed 777LNG, an early number, I believe it was #127 or so. It had the handrest I remember. It was *the* sensation in the guitar player community in my town. I was into custom guitars made out of all kind of (cheap) parts. My main axe was a strat hammer body with a warmoth neck with an early floyd and stacked dimarzios then. I didn't care about Ibanez. My friend and I would build guitars out of spareparts all the time.
When I saw the Jem I fell in love inmediately. When I played it, I was hooked. A little later the FP came out... I was 18 or 19 then, and no way I could afford a $3000 guitar!!! I remember dreaming about having one...
Man, the FP was then the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. I couldn't afford one though, so I tried the RG series, loved it and begun to use these. When I had some dough later, I was into SRV and bought mostly fenders.
Nowadays I play Jems and RGs and a few "legacy" instruments I have around. I just acquired an UV, and will make good use of it.
And that was my "Ibanez story" folks...