Figured woods - More variation, please.
I love figured woods on guitar tops, but flame maple is probably one of my least favourites, and Ibanez seems to use a LOT of it.
I know Ibanez has done some nice figured bubinga veneers on some of the S-series models and quilted sapele on one or two RGs, but how about some nice double-stained quilted maple or burl walnut on an RG or S model?
Also, on the S-series models, why not make the body 50/50 mahogany + bubinga/maple/walnut/whatever instead of just a paper-thin veneer on the top? That would let the second wood contribute more to the overall tone. And speaking from experience, walnut sounds incredible.
Thanks for listening!