I think there's been a slight misunderstanding. My ''guitar journey'' started 11 years ago and I've since played a dozen different guitars including live but my main one at home for practice and even recording has always my been first one (what can I say, I get attached to these things haha), a cheap cherry sunburst strat copy of an unknown make - well, the cheapest kind. And I got some great tones out of that just by using a Roland Cube 30 amp and a Zoom g2.1 FX pedal. Unfortunately I cannot post links yet or I would. But the electronics have gone to s**t (only two pickup positions work, pickups emit too much buzz, tone controls don't work, the neck is a bit busted already, etc)
Problem is I just spent 500$ on a zoom g3x and a Vintage VS6 (SG copy, a 300$ guitar with a 600$ worth in sound and build quality, it beats the crap out of Epiphone G-400 which is a lot more expensive) however, after 11 years of playing only strats (live I played actual strats) I've realized Gibson style just isn't for me. Don't like the neck, the feel, etc. It's just too easy to play. Now that was a ''jump into it for the looks'' kinda thing because I can only order guitars at the moment (I'm too far located from a guitar shop due to work) and not try them out in a shop, as the VS6 vintage white is a beauty.
So the grg140 series falls just into my remaining budget. And I don't see why one of these would make me want to stop playing if a cheap ass strat copy didn't. I also don't see how they sound really awful. Because I can't post links I'll say just this, go to YouTube type in ''ibanez grg140'' and open a video titled: ''Ibanez(아이바네즈) GRG 시리즈 - GRG140 '' it's 4:10 long and a cover of Andy Timmons song Electric Gypsy. How does that sound awful? Especially after he cranks it up a bit past the 3 minute mark or so? Also open a video called ''racing memories - bernd kiltz (old version) '' , 3:56 minutes long. Different style this time, instrumental metal, really tasteful melodic playing and the tone is just great. It sounds nicely rounded and full, with just enough bite, maaaaybe slightly ''creamy'' in some leads.
So either my ear for tone isn't as good as I think or these guitars can definitely sound pretty damn good in the right hands with the right equipment.
In any case, thanks for your reply but I need a more concrete answer than ''save up for a better guitar''. Already got a better one and if I'll ever save up on a guitar it will be for a Ritchie Blackmore Signature model (the older version with black pickups not the newer one) Fender Strat, not an Ibanez.
So I await if anyone has any info, especially on these Ibanez pickups. I'll probably end up picking up the SB if I don't get any info, even though the white model sounds pretty decent too. There's some guy on youtube doing Steve Vai covers and a few others on it and he makes it sound not awful as well.