Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Berlin, Germany
Re: Newbie needs advice. Which Ibanez to demo/buy?
I think the SA guitars are a nice choice. You get a strat-like guitar, but with a humbucker in the bridge for the chunkier sounds. It's also very upgrade-able IMO (better pickups, a Wilkinson bridge, a graphite nut, locking tuners), so you can make it better as you go along.
I think guitars with floyds are a bit of a pain, unless you have more than one, or a fixed bridge guitar at hand. Do you have any other guitars at the moment?
As for the pickup configuration, it really depends. It's all about the neck pickup: if you want the strat single coil tone, a HSS/SSS guitar would be essential. If you want to get traditional jazzy sounds, a humbucker in the neck position is a good idea.