I think any "modern" Prestige or J-Custom S/RG would suit your needs to be honest. I have no experience of J-Custom (not wealthy enough and they are somewhat hard to come by in Scotland). But my Prestige has served me well for 13 years now. Unless Prestige quality has changed during that time I'd recommend one.
I know what you mean, I've just now got to a place where I can really splurge on things, and although I grew up "not getting" Ibanezes I have now come to the place where I do and want to get the best out of the box instrument I can.
The "sound" you are looking for is probably achievable using the above and a stonking great British amp (I assume Marshall or similar?) plus a few select OD/Dist pedals, although its more to do with technique and production IMO. I think your sound and style is very similar to mine, but I wouldn't compare myself to any great guitar player (I'm more Elvis Costello than Joe Satriani to be honest)...!
If you can find any in your area to try, go for it, and good luck finding that special guitar.
Yeah I've got a 2204 that was made the same year I was!
I also did some "horse trading" a few years back and picked up a 101B too. Although both "Marshall-y" that 2204 is just NASTY with a boost!
Welcome. By this do you mean find guitars locally to test drive? You can do like everyone else does buy used from reverb or buy new online take advantage of return policies. Guitar Center has a great policy for used guitars also BTW.
I've only seen one Prestige, which was used, at my local GC and it was gone when I made up my mind to buy it. I've seen one, used, Prestige S which was in Northwest AR at a different GC. Plenty of MIM Fenders and quite a few MIA Fenders, no Japanese ones though, some PRS, quite a few run-of-the-mill LPs with an occasional historic. That's about it.
You really should first determine your budget and max price? Also do you want new only or is used OK?
Truthfully I prefer used. I let the OTHER guy take a hit on the purchase. Budget is squishy, but I'm building a house and definitely will need to wait if I'm going to hit the $3k mark. On Reverb I've been watching a J Custom RG, a few Prestige 5570s, and then there's Rich's site....wow. I'm really liking he's idea for the 1020 with an ebony board.
I wouldn't overthink it much past that. Since you want a double-locker, a lot boils down to body shape (S/RG) pickup config then then of course looks. The MIJ Ibanez have some small tweaks/refinements here but like models are relatively similar giving 30 years of axes to dig thru. If you're looking to spend j.custom money in the USA you should look at Suhr, etc. Good luck.
I know there are a lot of opinions on Edge Vs Lo-Pro. I think I like the Lo-Pro better, but I've only had marginal experience with them. I'm pretty proficient at setups, even locking ones, fret work is the place I will not/do not go with tech work. At that point it has to go out of state because there is NO ONE competent in AR for that kind of work.
Suhrs are completely unknown to me and the headstock isn't my favorite...trivial I know. To complicate things further, I've also got a line on a 03 or 04 Jackson SL2H that's in great condition...I'm just not a big alder fan, so I go back and forth. I won't put up any pre-tense either that I'm worried about the S sounding too close to a Custom 24 (mahogany/maple/rosewood). That's a sound that I'm not looking for anymore. Thanks to Pandora I've been exposed to more, better, music with bands using Ibanezes or "superstrats" as their mainstays and I'm wanting to get in that tonal vein. Alot of it being European Power/Symphonic Metal, Dragonforce Iron Savior, or Japanese instrumentals, Black Mages. Then of course there's the obvious Satch influence, my favorite tone of his was 04 Live in San Francisco, and Petrucci, which I really like the Ibanez AND EBMM eras.
Thanks for the help!