Trems and necks (and other things) that kick ass...but aren't ibanez.
Thread title is the main point, but heres some detail.
I'm sure that at one point we have all played at least one neck or bridge that made us think 'holy ****'
I'm also equally sure that a lot of people here are swayed on their opinions of neck profiles by the masses. Frankly, there is absolutely NO ****ING WAY everyone here has played a Wizard 1 or an original Edge who claims to have done so, or who reccomends them right off the bat.
Sadly, a lot of people are probably just going with the crowd. Its no secret that on ibanez related forums like vai's, here, and ibanez itself, theres a bit of cult following going on around those necks and trems.
So this thread is here for those of us who know that however good something is, theres always a better or at least DIFFERENT option out there.
Heres my contribution:
The Wizard I neck:
Reputation - Super thin fantastically easy to play and unheard of tone to rival the gods.
My experience - (Wizard 1 Neck on a 90's S model. I forget the exact model. It had the ZR trem, wizard I neck, and a trans blue/green flameburst.)
My impression - Too thin. Chordal playing is a freaking strain on the hands because its the same radius all the way down. Sustain isn't fantastic to my ears, but that may be down to the trem also.
My Alternative - The necks from ESP's Alexi series guitars. I played the cheapy, bolt on LTD Alexi-200 model, and even that for down the range the profile of that neck is unbelievable. Its easy to play chordal passages, but its flat enough to shred the hell out of. And that guitar sustained forever, even with the cheapy floyd. I came away wishing I could buy the guitar for that neck alone, despite me hating every other aspect of the guitar.
But my god, that neck was tasty. If I ever get a true custom build, I am buying one of those 200's beforehand just so the neck profile can be copied. And I'm specifying a compound radius too.
TL;DR - I don't think the wizard I neck is worth the hype it gets, and i gave examples. Who else can give similar examples and stories about gear they thought was awesome?