Re: pics of my 442R just got it back from the shop
I have one the same color as gpenguins. It's definitely one of my favorite Ibanez guitars.
scott - yeah, I wasn't to keen on the stock pickups. It had a nice vintage stratty type of tone, but the neck pickup was bit too bright and thin sounding, and high on the upper mid-range for soloing. The bridge pickup is excellent though, very tight and focuse. But I recently swapped out all the pickups to Cruiser (neck) Chopper (middle), and a PAF Pro (bridge). I am much happier with the tone...the neck and middle pickup is much smoother and fatter sounding...good for solos but retain a decent vintage vibe for cleans. I have a bunch of strats anyway that do the vintage thing anyway.