Some of you might have seen the thread on the 540r I was looking at these days. Since that fell apart, I decided to look for something else. First of all, I can't afford anything prestige as it is way out of my range right now, and out of my credit limit too
Normally, I would try and get something brand new, but I'm finding the current non-prestige models to be a bit boring. Ideally I would want the S620EXFB. But that's not available here in Brazil, so I've been checking the used stuff to see what I can find. I saw a couple of good deals:
Ibanez S470DXQM in Transparent Black - 2006 model, seems to be in really good shape, and the price is good too. Doing the proper conversions it's going for $450.
Ibanez RG370DX in Jewel Blue + Ibanez GRX40 in Red - This is a bit of a crazy deal. Both guitars are going for about $300 in total. I am thinking of getting this just for the double guitar factor, even though I already have a Fender Stratocaster...but I could use the GRX for crazy experiments, or even do a different tuning or something.
And then of course, there are several other RGs ranging from the 270 to the 470 series in good prices too. There are a few other S series guitars, but none that really caught my interest, reason below.
My main dilemma though is that while the S470 in question is really beautiful, it comes with 22 frets only of course. I'm mainly a Satiani guy, but after spending several years with a 21-fret Strat, something with a bigger range would be nice. On the other hand though, the RG isn't as nice looking, and the Edge III bridge worries me a lot more than the ZR. Pickups will eventually be changed.
So, what do you guys reckon? I guess I could save money and get a higher end guitar all that stuff, but it would take far too long to get to that point, and I really want another guitar, at least this year. So, help?