I just realised last night that my first "real" electric guitar and first Ibanez is celebrating it's 18th birthday this month.
I bought my 1995 Ibanez RG 470 in June of 1995, after looking at some crazy BC Rich's and some Yamahas. Man I'm glad I didn't go with a BC Rich!
At least 16 year old me was thinking ahead at what might be the "better" looking guitar long term.
This guitar has been through hell and back with two (yes two) neck cracks, bridge upgrade from the worn out LO-TRS II to a 1987 long block Edge with a D-Tuna, and routing to accomodate it. It recently got to sport a titanium block, which is an awesome upgrade.
The pickups went from the stock INFs to EMGs, and now Duncans. The Custom/Quarter Pound Flat/Pearly Gates Neck sound brilliant in it. The tone pot was removed and I installed a blower switch in its place. I never use tone controls, so this is much more useful to me.
I was lucky enough to score a Japanese Wizard neck with this guitar new. I don't know what happened there, maybe the neck broke in transit and the MIJ neck was all that was available. Maybe the Korean factory was down on necks for some reason. At any rate it's pretty awesome to get this neck with the guitar.
The frets are almost completely worn out, but it still sounds and plays awesome. I'm going to have to re-fret it at some point, if I ever have the money to do it.
Just thought I'd share this. This was my only electric guitar for many years, and has been through a lot with me.