I'm planning to get a guitar in Japan before I graduate, and I have two choices.
RG2770z (Japan only model) 145000 yen
RGA420z 216000 yen (price difference 71000 yen, about $710+ difference)
Both have maple tops and mahogany backs, albeit the RGA has a thicker top. (RG 4mm, RGA 16mm)
The RG2770z has passive Dimarzio/IBZ pickups while the RGA420z has Ibanez active LZ pickups. If I get the RGA I'm planning to switch out the LZ's to Dimarzios, which might be a hassle and more money involved. I'm fond of the Dimarzio/IBZ pickups so I'm not planning to change them out if I get the RG.
In terms of playability, I tried the RG2770z and it plays really well, liked it a lot. I haven't tried the RGA420z, but I'm guessing it'll be pretty much like my RGA321F that I have now, but with a tremolo. Needless to say, I like my RGA321F very much lol
The price difference is really steep so I'd like to know what you guys think
Btw, no, I don't really like J-Customs because of the inlays.. and it's pretty much an RG2770z without the AN/TZ. I don't really mind whether the frets are rounded or not either