Re: S470DXQM 2005 versus 2004?
I just thought I would post an update. I bought an S470DXQM in charcoal brown from MATTS MUSIC, a sponsor of this site.
First off MATT is amazing, and put up wiht alot of questions and kept in touch with me while he was at NAMM. Just a bad-ass dude. If I buy anything again, I will call him first...
On to the guitar. It's amazing. I removed the trem-stop to make it full float, but it was set up ok. I will tweak to taste as i dial it in...
The stock pups are ok, but I will replace them at some point. It just plays so nice. the neck is awesome, and the looks are killer. I must say that I was disappointed with a lack of finish around the input jack (inside). It seems as if Ibamez should have plucked this one out of assembly adn refinished it. It's really kind of ugly, but I play guitars, not look at them, so I think I am keeping it.
The ZR trem is fantastic, adn once you stretch the strings, rock solid.
I am very happy with the guitar and it is everything I thoguht it would be, I just wish SOMEONE would have caught that finish problem at the input jack.
Now I have to wait until the guts of the sustainer shrink down. I would also like special push/pull and or button pots instead of those ugly little switches. ugly.