Re: Another Ibanez endorsee jumps ship
I don't buy guitars based on who endorses or plays them. I play and buy guitars based on features that I enjoy.
If I bought guitars based on my favorite player's endorsements, I'd buy ESP (G. Lynch) and Suhr (Reb Beach) guitars. That's an expensive habit to get into.
I prefer Ibanez S Series guitars. The wizard necks are fast, the ZR trems on my newer models are incredible (to me), and the mahogany body lends to a tone that I like, while the saber body shape is comfortable and appealing to me visually. I don't care if nobody endorsed Ibanez, I'd still buy them.
If I want something different, I just build something with specs/color options/whatever that I like... but my mainstay is Ibanez guitars.
In reality, Ibanez guitars has done more to advance the instrument than a lot of companies have over the last 30 years or so. Any other company of any importance revolutionize the guitar in such a way that it's features are now considered standard (Thanks, Vai)? Ibanez, and it's experimentation with floating bridges (Edge, LoPro Edge, ZR, ect) is an example of a forward - thinking company, trying to improve features as opposed to being stagnant. Some Ibanez guitars or features (Monkey Grip, Sabre bodies) are so recognizable as to almost define the concept of forward design for all guitar makers.
No amount of money would make me switch. I have experimented for 20+ years as a player, and I have found a home with Ibanez guitars.