Thanks guys, I know it's not a nice AAA quilt or anything so it doesn't look as "deep" and has limited angles to catch the top just right but it still is far nicer than I expected. The color is odd to say the least, looks a little brown in certain lights/angles and even a greenish look in other angles/lights.
I can't wait to start drilling away for the Piezo mods
todd, i am SOOO jealous. i have wanted that guitar since they came out with it. drop an AN/TZ combo in it and i'll be on my way to florida to snag it from you(that and your rgt3020). you got a cool top on yours, too. if it had direct mount pickups instead of the pickup rings, that guitar would be on par with the prestiges you got.
I'm actually suprised you haven't nabbed one yet Rich. I saw your post raving and drooling over this model from a little while back. You are right about direct mount pups being the way to go over the rings. I will say the hardware color is pretty cool, I've not had this color on anything from Ibanez before now.
Even with a couple VERY minor flaws and the need for a little touch on the frets ends (again, very minor touching up) it will definitely hold it's own with heavier strings and new pups installed against some of my nicer Prestige models. It is a little odd that the closest Prestige model to this is 3x the price but there aren't any Prestige versions of a fixed bridge RGT. This is as close as Ibanez gets until you hit the trem equiped $2249 RGT320
I think if this model was given a small amount of extra bench time from the factory on the frets ends, IBZ/Dimarzio or IBZ/Duncan pups stock and a REAL maple top (at least 1/8"), I believe it would be a HUGE seller if handed over to the Japanese shop to produce under the TJC branding. In the $1400-$1500 street price range Ibanez would have trouble keeping up with production IMHO. To sum it up, even w/out the nicer stock pups or thick maple top, bang for the buck is definitely to be had on this current model IMHO.
I'll post how it performs this weekend when I get to pop its cherry onstage in front of 1000's of people.
I love breaking in a new axe, it will be fun but taxing to play so many shows in a short amount of time (4 shows in 3 days) and in the midst of it I have to coach a band Sunday morning before going off to play the 4th gig
. I need to rest up
Cheers gang and thanks for the kind remarks.