I was in a fairly large guitar shop yesterday morning, looking around, trying to determine what my next purchase will be (if I'm still playing guitar by the time I get the money). I was thinking of a PGM, something like that, just a contrast to my RG550, but something that wasn't too different. I wanted something with a fixed bridge and humbuckers, so that I could downtune it easily and play some heavier stuff, since it's a pain to do that on the RG with a floating bridge.
Note that I didn't hve time to plug any of these in, I'm judging themm purely by feel.
I went in there determined to try out some Ibanez guitars, some Gordon Smiths, Les Pauls, SGs, PRS, Parkers, ESPs etc etc to look for 'the perfect one'. Tried the GS guitars, and I thought the necks were awful. Tried an OLP MM4, which I loved, a Jackson 7 stringer (hated it), an SG (didn't get on with the neck), even a cheap Parker P42 (neck was too small). Hell, I even tried an RG-something, the cubed-black finished one, and instantly put it back down, it was hurting my hand (tenosynovitis). Even the JEM555 got a brief play, but I didn't like the neck on that either (not that I was considering buying it, mind, I just wanted to pose with a JEM for a minute
On a whim, I tried out a Fender Strat, a guitar I knew I was going to hate, since everybody has Strats, and I'm not a fan of their tone (generally speaking). And guess what?
I'm in love - http://www.fender.com/products/searc...tno=0265106537
I know this is totally unsuitable for what I wanted another guitar for, and that every man and his dog own Strats, and I prefer to be individual...but it was just so 'right'. I suppose that's a reason why everyone owns Strats.
The Koa top and Birdseye maple neck looked great too. I'd seen pics of it before and been less than impressed, but in the flesh, it's actually quite nice. It pretty much shattered every negative belief I had about Strats. Like I say, I didn't have the time to plug it in, but if the pickups it has are any good (Seymour Duncan somethings), it's going to be high on my list of guitars to buy.
I just thought I'd share that with you all. Moral of the story? You never know which guitar feels right to you until you try it.