Re: Would you recommend Ibanez to a noob?
I've played Ibanez exclusively all my life, so long ago I became extremely used to the neck profile, floating trem design, and just about everything else that's unique to Ibanez guitars. I've come to depend on the "feel" of an Ibby, and no other guitar--not even a custom shop Jackson I had made to Ibanez specs WITH an Ibanez trem--feels right to me.
However, I will no longer buy anything other than MIJ Prestiges, UVs, or Jems, and will only buy older models that have the Edge, Lo-Pro Edge, or Edge Pro bridges. As far as the J-Custom line, I'd love one, but if I ever get one it will have to be an older model that does NOT have that Edge Zero abomination.
It's not because I'm a guitar snob. It's because I've seen (and felt) a definite and measurable decline in quality in their lower-to-midrange guitars, and that's very, very sad.