Re: Your First Ibanez Guitar story
'89 RG760DG purchased new in '90. Still have it, and it may still my favorite Ibby I have.
I was one of those people who, back in the day scoffed at Ibanez since it was Japanese, and anything that wasn't a Les Paul or an Explorer, much less not American made was IMO not worth looking twice at. I was notorious for giving my friends who had Ibbys flack for playing such garbage.
Went to my local music store to window shop one day, saw the 760, and couldn't believe they had the audacity to charge that high a price for an Ibanez, I mean who the heck were they kidding? $1000 for a Japanese guitar? I picked it up, with the full intent to be able to talk about what a POS it was for, and at a ludicrous price at that.
Took it for a spin, lowered my head in shame, and put it on layaway. But only after getting poked fun at by the guy who owned the store for buying a guitar from a company he'd known me to talk trash about so frequently.
I mowed lawns and bagged groceries the entire summer to pay for that guitar, and it was worth every bit of blood and sweat I put into it. I still don't feel like I play well enough to warrant owning her, but she loves me all the same.