I've always been a bit of a guitar snob. I've been very lucky with my purchases and I own some very nice instruments. I'm a player (not a collector) and have always played the instruments before I've handed over the cash so I get a good sounding and playing instrument.
My prestige RG has been downtuned to Eb to suit certain songs in my band so I was looking for another locking trem guitar to keep in standard tuning. I didn't want to pay a lot, but wasn't sure if I would like the feel of a cheaper guitar
Anyway, having trawled the net for guitar shops that may have ibanez in stock within a few hours drive I set off with a pocket full of cash. I tried an S420 along side S970cw an S770fm and a couple of premium Rgs. They were all great guitars and I was very tempted by the s970 and I liked the look of the binding and top on the 770 (although it should have a gloss finish imo) but the 420 was great. I kept going back to it, the finish is beautiful and no pic I've seen does it justice. The neck felt a little thicker than the other guitars, but certainly not chunky like the necks on my Fenders and Gibson guitars (I generally like thick necks). The sound was a little better and had a certain tightness on the premium rgs I tried, but I really liked the sound of this S420. It had a price of £375. I got the guitar, two packs of new strings and a center pocket fender hard case for £400.
I'm a very happy bunny
I've replaced the strings, removed the zero point thingy, lowered the action a bit (now 1.5mm and no fret buzz) could perhaps go lower but I'm happy and I lemon oiled the board as it looked really dry, its come up beautifully and I love the lack of position markers!
This is a guitar icon, why Ibanez don't use this on their higher end stuff, I don't know. I love the prestige RG I've got, but I wish it had the tick logo. Look at the way Fender use their 'spagetti' logo as a selling point, don't know why Ibanez don't do this.
So I'm no longer a guitar snob (hurrah!) at least guitar collecting got a great deal cheaper!