My first experiance was in a guitar shop.
I was young, into your basic generic, bit of punk, bit of metal, bit of classic rock, undefined music fan yakno, and Dragonforce were hip on the scene of school kids then (this was about 3 years ago mind) and, as much as I didn't particually dig there stuff, I respected that they were known as hellish guitarists, I saw a natural mahogany RGA, and as I knew nothing but that Herman Li played a natural Ibby which was dark. So I pick it up, just out of curiosity, to see if these guitars actually help play fast or somethign, and I'm blown away. The neck, was perfect, the body, was comfortable, unfortunately I couldn't try it through an amp (really stingy guitar store) and it was just perfect, (little did I know the guitar I was thikning of was actually an S470, which is like the polar opposite of this) anyway, I then go nuts for Ibanez, I try the other Ibanez' in the shop, being a GRG and one of the low end RGTs (if I remember right) and feel a similar way, but nothing compared to this high end prestige RGA. So I look up everything on Ibanez over the next few months and make a decision "An S470 would be right for me" the trem was easy to use, it was comfortable and thin (I was considerably smaller back then) and it was HSH.
To aid this decision, an S520 was put in the aforementioned shop, which I loved, great body, great neck, but the HH had to go. As did that off inlay! I felt the S470 was much more suited. Also that S520 was treated so badly, dry fretboard, horribly sticky neck (too many kids with clammy hands like myself at the time! :P).
So yeah, the following february (2 years ago this month
) I recieved my S470, which I went on to love and cherish.