Re: The RG-350 Experiment(s)
I think the thread starter should forget about image for a second (limiting his choices by wanting a white guitar to be "like Steve"). Think about this: nobody cares if your guitar looks a little bit like Vai's. Be yourself. You're telling yourself you need a white guitar with a sustainer and Steve's choice of pickups... why, exactly? Will it impress anyone? Do you really think you can get close to a high-end Ibanez by modding a low-end one?
Forget both the JEM and the RG350. Buying 3 of those would be nothing short of foolish. Take a look at the quality of the guitars in the mid-range. By this, I mean used RG5xx, RG6xx, RG7xx, current Prestige RG's, or guitars such as the RG3120 which can be bought for around $700 in great condition. These guitars, with a decent setup and especially with a pickup upgrade (as and when you can afford it) should be good enough for anyone. I picked up an almost mint condition RG3120 a few years back and it was a very high quality, well-made instrument. It had Dimarzio Tone Zone and PAF Pro pickups, Lo-Pro Edge bridge, flamed maple top on a mahogany back, Prestige finished frets, high quality electronics, and so on. This guitar cost less the 3 RG350's, and no doubt played better than all 3 of them.
I know I may not be very popular around here for saying this, but the Vai infatuation gets ridiculous. Half the members are clones and wannabe's. Yes, I realize it's Jemsite, but there's a line which some people cross occasionally and it's really sad to see. Of course, do what the heck you want as long as it makes you happy, but I honestly would have more respect for a person who isn't trying desperately to be someone else. Let Steve have his own identity, and don't ignore all the great guitars out there merely because it doesn't quite look like your hero's guitar. An RG550, possibly with a pickup upgrade, will keep the majority of us happy for a couple of decades if the guitar is well-looked after.