SWEET!!!The unfortunate thing is, many of us here are enthusiasts who are very much past the stage of entry-level guitars. What we need is a few guitars with maple boards in the mid and mid-to-high range. The absolute best solution would be if they made ALL of their guitars with a choice of maple or rosewood. 50/50. There would be absolutely no more complaints about fretboard woods ever again.
After that, all they'd need is better colours. A reintroduction of certain old-school JEM/RG colours such as FA, DY and RF... and if they were to be REALLY daring, make an RG in Loch Ness Green... I would buy one immediately, no questions asked.
And last but not least... reverse headstocks.
Basically, a LNG RG550-style guitar with maple board, offset colour-matched dots (or anything other than plain old black dots in the centre of the board), fully bound body, neck and headstock in BLACK binding (a little more original, and beautifully striking), plus reverse and colour-matched headstock...
The thought of it... is... almost... orgasm inducing!!!
EDIT: I've got it. Inlay the dots across the board starting from the bass side and ending at the treble side. Zachary Guitars do them like this and it looks killer.
You're totally right there, even though I'd like to own a silly-coloured JEM (but brand new). It just isn't in tune (scuse the pun) with people's tastes these days and as I've said on this place before, most guitar brands will pander more to popular taste than guitar geeks like ourselvesYou know, I hate to state the obvious here, but Ibanez today is catering to a VERY different audience than those of you who were buying florescent guitars from them in the mid-80's. Neon colors don't have the same pull with the rank-and-file Ibanez consumer as they do with the diehard Jemsite contingent, and the sad truth is they would seem dated and kind of tacky in a contemporary lineup, as a rather obvious holdover from the 80's. Today, that won't sell.
I'm not saying Ibanez doesn't need to offer more colors than black - they desperately do. But, they need to offer something fresh because what sold in 1987 most likely won't sell today. "That cubed blue" RG was a step in the right direction, and the metal flake RG's were interesting. We need more of that, undoubtably. But neon colors? Come on guys, let's be realistic.