Alright...I've been thinking it over for weeks and can't decide on which I want.
I can't decide between an RG421 or an ESP Viper Baritone(VB
Reason why I cant decide is...well there are a lot of reasons.
Bolt on; *minus
Easier to do paintjob due to movable neck; BIG plus
Finished but not PAINTED neck; plus
String thru with saddle type bridge; BIG plus
Awesome RG body and headstock; plus
Japanese made; plus
Cost: In the field of 460-500...depending on shop or online store.
Set neck; plus
MUCH harder to do self-paint job having paint on the neck and not being able to take off the neck; BIG BIG BIG minus
Stop tailpiece and tune-o-matic; somewhat of a minus. (at least its fixed, but I'd rather string thru.)
Mahogany body; plus plus
Doesnt look as cool as an RG; minus
I BELIEVE its Korean made; if true, minus.
27 inch scale!! ; PLUS! (the only reason Im still considering it!)
Cost: 520 on Music123.com
I might be missing a few things but like I noted the main reason this is so difficult is because I REALLY REALLY want a baritone!! I tune down to C and its OK on my 25.5 scale RG but I can hear a lack of clarity that I think would be much improved by a baritone scale length, not to mention mahogany body and set neck!!!! See what I mean?? I want to stick with Ibanez and I love RG's so much. I just wish they made a damn RG fixed bridge baritone. And mahog/set neck (better yet, neck-thru!!!) would be so awesome Id buy 20 of them.
What do you guys think I should do? Any other suggestions? (As of now, Im still leaning towards the RG)