I've been playing Ibanez for 7 years now and my last Ibanez purchase was disappointing. I've come to realize that out of the box Ibanez guitars are not ready to play. I'm not just talking about action, but also the fret work and inconsistent fretboard radii matching that hampers the ability to achieve a decently low action without any major buzzing or dead spots on the neck. I know how to do all the tech work to fix this stuff, but over the years I've found that I spend way more time tinkering with Ibanez guitars than playing with them. Plus the fact that only their highest range of guitars and most expensive comes with real Dimarzio pickups is so silly now. I don't like that I have to buy the guitar AND buy new pickups and install them in. Again, I want to focus more on playing than setting up. (Yes I do understand that all guitars need some setting up every now and then).
So I'm interested in trying something new. I can list some of the things that I am looking for in the new guitar.
-Professional fret work
-At least some type of decent setup where only minor modifications are necessary.
-Comes stock with USA made pickups (dimarzio, duncan)
-Floyd or standard bridge I don't care because I know how to deal with either.
-Ability to sound good playing with heavy distortion (metal)
Also I live in the Middle East and can only order from http://www.thomann.de/intl/index.html
because the shipping price with them is fair compared to the atrocious amounts I would have to pay if I ordered from the US.
Through some research I found a guitar company called Rammus that is made by Suhr. The bodies/necks are made in Asia, but then the guitar is built in the USA where it has professional fret work done to it, has a pro setup, and it has USA made Suhr pickups in them, and Japanese bridges (Gotoh) and on the website I mentioned it costs $1229. Other good points is that it has a 16' radius and has a slim, C shaped neck which is comparable to Ibaenz necks. Has anyone used these guitars and can give me a brief review? Are they worth it? Any other suggestions?
You can read more about the specs here: http://www.rasmusguitars.com/