Recommend me an Ibanez
Today I have RG550 -98 (i think) which sounds and plays pretty well but it has some annoyances.
First of all, I do not like the Edge tremolo. Sure, the guitar stays in tune well. But It's a bitch to set up correctly. And honestly, I almost never use the tremolo function. I would prefer a guitar without tremolo I think, but I can live with it or lock it in some way.
I always preferred maple board over rosewood, I think it looks much better, but also plays better for some reason. Maybe because maple boards are much smoother. I have been choosing rosewood boards just because there are so few maple alternatives, but this time I will try to get one with maple.
The third thing that I don't like about my RG550 is the pick-ups. There is nothing wrong with the quality and sound in them. But I never use the middle pick-up in any combination. It's either neck or bridge pick-up all the time. Therefore I would like to find a guitar with 2 pick-ups only to get some useful middle modes, and if possible, a single coil in neck position.
In short I want a Super-strat Ibanez with 2 pick-ups (single coil neck, humbucker bridge), non-tremolo bridge and a maple board. But I'm on a budget and want to keep the price below $600
So I wonder, is there any Ibanez with all the things I want?
I did see the RGR465M which is quite close to what I want. But I really don't like the reverse headstock, and it still has got an Edge III.
The RG350M-YE Looks great aswell but that would be a downgrade from a RG550 or?
I have also been looking at RGA32 and RG321 but I don't know if they are worth trying.
I am also aware that the Korean/Indonesian made Ibanez is like a mine field, some are good, some are bad. I have played on a RG420EG with so-called V7 & V8 pick-ups but that guitar was crap. And those pick-ups didn't sound anything like the ones on my RG550.
I have also owned a S470 (korean) and that was great apart from the crappy INF pick-ups.
Last edited by veckans; 10-19-2010 at 02:38 PM.