I'm a long time guitar player-- started with electric in 1987 at the age of 13.
I've been through an enormous number and brands of guitars: Les Paul Studio, Carvins x 4, Jackson Dinky, Tele, Strats x 3, custom made 7 string Strat from Rice Guitars, Soloway, and on and on.
But no matter WHAT guitar I have played, I have always felt something was lacking.
Currently, I am playing a modded American Strat, with an Evertune Bridge and an EMG David Gilmour pickup set.
But even though the TONE is fantastic, I miss 24 frets! I miss having a locking trem for staying in tune and getting subtle vibrato. I miss having the low B string for extended chord voicings and heavier rhythm playing.
Getting to the point:
I recently watched a vid of a guitarist named Marshall Harrison. I was amazed to discover his musical tastes and desire to play the guitar efficiently/economically match my philosophy EXACTLY. I aspire to achieve his level of technique one day.
Well, someone asked him his opinion on what guitar to buy, and how to approach guitar as a novice. He replied, "You know, so many guys obsess over gear after only playing a short time. Just buy whatever gear your favorite guitarist uses (if you can). And then move on from there. I loved Paul Gilbert and so I tried to get the same gear as he had."
Well guess what: despite playing for 30 years now, I have NEVER owned an Ibanez!
My first big influence was Yngwie, so naturally I got a Strat. But I have never really felt COMFORTABLE playing a Strat. I prefer a flatter radius. Having 22 frets limits playing extended arpeggios and scales... Vintage trems suck at staying in tune (compared to Floyd Roses).
So I'm here now, FINALLY looking into getting an Ibanez! I think it will fit my playing style much better, and someone who plays the style I am pursuing (Marshall Harrison,) used Ibanez guitars forever until he could afford to buy Custom built guitars.
So now I'd like to ask-- What Ibanez models would you guys recommend to me that would satisfy these desires:
1. Has a trem that stays in tune (not whammying the heck out of it, just typical light vibrato)
2. Has the flattest possible radius
3. Does NOT have extra jumbo frets (medium jumbo preferred, or regular jumbo)
4. Preferably a 7 string!
5. Preferably has a maple fretboard
6. Costs $1,000 or less, but the cheaper the better!
Thank you everyone for your time. I know next to nothing about Ibanez guitars, so I'd appreciate any PERSONAL experience you all have! I could simply google a bunch of Ibanez guitars, but it's not the same as hearing from those of you who have played them and love them.
For those who are curious, here's a video of Marshall Harrison playing:
Thanks again for any Ibanez model suggestions you guys have!!!