I currently have an SG gothic with EMGs in it.
I really like this guitar, but after owning it for like 6 years, I am getting tired of its lack of versatility and feel that it is holding me back.
I am really interested in getting an Ibanez again. I used to have an RG220 but I sold it because the bridge was terrible and kept going out of tune.
I like black guitars and ebony fretboards and no inlays and I like to get different sounds out of my guitar (not possible with my SG w/ EMGs...)
At first I wanted to make up for my guitar's versatility, so I was looking for something with the Jem configuration where I could tap a single coil, etc.
I was thinking of getting something like the RG 1570, swapping the pickups and neck and swirling it or painting it (maybe jemming it up).
Then I saw the RG2610..... with a new blank ebony neck... it would be PERFECT...The 1570 would have to go through a lot before I started to like it aesthetically.
however... one pickup is not very versatile.
Can you help me with the following please:
1. help me make up my mind about which guitar to get. Has anybody played the RG2610BK?
2. How much do you think it would cost to swap out the neck fpr a blank ebony board? (I hate rosewood and I hate inlays) What do I have to look for in a neck? Where would you get this work done?
3. And lastly: is the pickup that comes with the RG2610 versatile enough to play some cleans and blues and maybe (pushing it).. some jazz?
I know that I sound a little retarded.... I'm looking for versatility... so I go after the one-pickup in the new most unpopular color (black)... yes, retarded.. but this guitar looks great...and it is in my budget.
I'm thinking of having a neck sent to rich and getting the guitar from him.
In the near future (if a scholarship comes through) I would also like to get an RG 1527 so that may make up for versatility....
Thanks guys.. I know I asked a lot of questions....