Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Hamburg-HongKong-Miami: at work!
I have tried the guitar also back to back against my 1977 LP Black Beauty through my Marshall stack in the band practise room, as well as through my SansAmp, which I use live exclusively. Big difference is that the upper frets are easier to play on the Artist. Also, the LP is much heavier. But the Artist also has slight balance problems when played standing. I find myself readjusting it more often than with my LP. However, all things considered, I would choose the Artist over the LP, hands down. Why? It looks great, feels great, the insane price of a LP is totally unjustified to me, and the Artist is an Ibanez!!
To be honest, I never intended to pick one up until I saw one hanging in Tom Lee's in Hong Kong in January of 2001. I was immediately struck by the honey colour and obvious attention to detail. Only thing missing are abalone blocks instead of the dots. Can't understand why they decided against that...
Glad to see you got one, Glen. Nice catch!