My 2005 Saber 470 is black and it is my everyday guitar. I love it! It's light and still has tone. I love the tremolo system! It stays in tune!
Changes I would make and have:
Make the neck a set in and mahoganny. Change the neck dimensions to a wizard style for speed. Or make the whole guitar out of black Korina in perfect balance.
Change the tremolo to a ball end system. Geez, when are guitar companies going to help us?
I have changed all my electronics. I wanted a Jem sound but did not want a jem as my work horse. So I wrote my friends at DiMarzio who told me exactly what to do.
I bought the EVO pickup system with the middle ISCV2 EVO and a multi-pole switch. After modifing the switch to fit I wired it all together just as DiMarzio said. I found out later that the ISCV2 was not enough to compete with the EVO's so I changed it to a FS-1.
The Guitar rocks! I can get any sound a Jem could sound and I paid around $700 for the whole project.
Now how many of you would buy a Jem and play it as your work horse? Yeah right! At the price, it is an investment for most of us.
I will try to add a picture or two. I my opinion the S470 is a steal and should be in every guitarists home.