Re: SA Series 2006- genuine attention?
i owned the sa2020 and currently own a sa1260 (introduced in 2004, promptly discontinued in 2005). i had wanted the 1260 because it was a bolt on and made in the japanese factory, but i missed my chance. didn't think ibanez would discontinue it so soon. anyway, in 2005 they introduced the replacement for the 1260, which was the 2020. i was a little underwhelmed, as this guitar has a set neck and was korean made, but was willing to give it a try when i saw it cheap on e-bay. when i got it, i was even more disappointed. the neck was really thick...and i like fairly strat-like necks (as opposed to the thin wizard necks). the fretboard radius supposedly had not changed, but it didn't feel right to me at all. worse of all, the guitar sounded lifeless unamplified. plugging it in to the amp didn't make things any better. the dimarzio ibz pickups were way too tinty and cheap sounding to my ears. they should've stuck with the v series, specifically the v8s & v7s, which sound much warmer and closer to real (mid output) dimarzios imo. i immediately unloaded that guitar on e-bay asap.
about a year later (a few months ago actually), i found a near pristine sa1260. these guitars are ultra rare in my experience. i snatched it up and crossed my fingers. upon receiving it, i was pleasantly surprised. the 1260 is a much better guitar imo. the neck feels much better as does the fingerboard. the guitar sounds better unamplified (i attribute this to superior construction) and while the bridge pickup isn't the greatest (i think it's a v6), the single coils (it's a HSS as opposed to the 2020, which is a HH) sound fantastic, really bluesy and 'tubular'. i will be switching out the bridge humbucker, but the single coils will have to stay.