Well I know I have really liked the necks on the Ibanez's I have played. There is no longer any Ibanez dealers locally so I would need to drive a few hours to play them. Whenever I do go out of town I usually check them out.
I need a locking temolo bridge. I know Ibanez makes very good trem if not the best. I had a Custom Fender with an edge once and loved it.
I want a maple fretboard guitar, I have rosewood and ebony fretboards.
I want a fairly slim neck guitar, most of mine are thicker. I can play with pretty much any neck, but my hands are on the small size (but hey my feet are big
I am very particular when it come to my instruments. I buy and sell a lot, but charish the ones I keep. I have a guitar I have owned over 25 years, a couple in the 10 - 15 range, and then a couple newer ones. I also have built several LP 59 replicas that are very good, in fact so good that I sold most of my Gibson LP collection, I had 8 and now only 2. One of my favorite guitars is a korean made 2001 Epiphone, it just works but it is also very worn. This is the only guitar I have that is not American made.
So I am trying something new, an Ibanez. To me the RG's are a little plain, like a Jackson. The Saber is a little more my style. I wanted to stay under $1000 with this purchase. I usually buy new.
Remember I am particular and for less then $1000 (my wife said $800)there isn't a whole lot out there new that I can return if I do not like it. SO.....
Guitar center had a sale. I ordered the S570MQM for $549. Can't beat that. I feel in love with the design and look (red with maple neck) when I saw it a few months ago. I could not resist. I just need to see the fit and finish to know if it is a keeper, I can always find a pickup that will work.
The next day, after a few email exchanges with Musician's Friend about a guitar that I am not satisfied with I decided to return it in exchange for another guitar and a reduction in price. While searching I saw the RG2550E at $699 which was $200 to $300 less then anywhere else. $699 plus my discount for a Prestige? Again, I could not resist and I ordered it as the exchange knowing that it will not be available for a month.
I have a great relationship with Musician's Friend, which means I spend a lot of money with them. I have bought several Private Reserve guitars so they treat me pretty good.
I may keep both or return one, it just depends on how they sound, play, and feel.
All that being said, did I mention I have a sickness?