Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Central Coast California
Re: My RG4EXQM1 experience
The S420 has the ZR bridge. It is very stable but also is a bit stiffer in feel. Sabers are my favorite guitars by far. My first was a S570 which is very similar to the S420. I really like it.... then I bought a 91 S540 and realized that it is just a better guitar all around; better wood, better trem (Edge Lo-Pro), better pickups, better neck, and almost just as stable. The trem is the normal Floyd Rose type that is very high quality. The guitar is 21 years old and as stable as any Floyd type trem can be. I also feel the sound is a bit thicker and sustain and resonance is better. They can be found in excellent condition for about the same price. Just search a bit. I have bought three of them (91, 92, 97) and they are my main players. I still play the S570 but have replace the neck and pickups. Although I have changed most of the pickups is the other Sabers the stock pickup are very good, especially the Ibz/USA F2.
The Edge three and Edge LO-TRS are considered the weak link in Ibanez trems, so if you are going to use the trem you might want something else. I had an Edge III and it did OK, but was never really that stable, so I returned the guitar.
The difference between the RG and S is relatively big. I am not a big RG fan, but I have had a few. They just aren't for me. The S body is different then anything else and you will need to try it. Standing up the S is great, sitting the RG is a bit more stable becuase of the wider design, but the S is fine sitting for me. The RG's are mostly basswood, the S is mahogany. I feel the S is a bit thicker in tone. I have many Les Paul's and so the S is more along that line of tone, however because it is so thin and is 25.5 scale so it still fits in the super strat category and can be thin and provide a great Strat(ish) tone.
Hope this helps and do not be afraid to look and both late 80's and 90's RGS and Sabers. You will not regret it for the money you have budgeted.