Well, stand back, because I think you're about to get some pretty good, yet biased opinions here. It's a great thread. I'm going to sit back and wait and see if any good points are left out. The most important thing, though, is that you should get the Ibanez. Now lets wait and see what others have to say......
I like my rg neck more than anything in the world. it is nice and slim. i hate bulky fender and gibson necks. that is why I buy ibanez guitars. esp's are good though, but they mostly all come with xtra jumbo frets, which is too much in my opinion
I love the necks on Ibanezes, but I also love the necks on ESPs. The main thing that swings it for me is that most ESPs are two humbuckers, whearas most Ibanez are HSH. I couldn't have a 'main' guitar without a central single coil, I just use it too often!
Other than that it's pretty much 50/50 for me. I wouldn't buy a Jackson though - only on account of their out-and-out rock image.
There are two main reasons why you would buy the Ibanez:
- The floyd is one of the very best there are, it can take abuse for years without letting you down. This is one of the biggest reasons why so many bands play Ibanez RG5xx-series
- The neck is very sweet. But if you like a beefy neck no way you should go for an Ibanez with a super-wizard or wizard profile neck.
- It should look right for your tastes. Some people prefer guitars with a stoptail or stringthru instead of a floyd, and the superstrat idea will have to suit you
You won't regret the Ibanez, but the same can be said about the others. The things I hear about the NJ-series of BC Rich are pretty positive, and ESP (it's probably an ESP/LTD you're considering) makes very nice guitars. The Eclipses are killer guitars!
The only thing that Ibanez have that is way superior to all the other companies are the locking studs and the chunky baseplates on their tremolo systems that give you a very good tunning stability and a very natural, spongy-smooth feel.
Also in the case of RG5xx you are getting a Japanese made guitar with very high quality workmanship, the best tremolo system out there and all for the same price as let's say Korean made LTD that comes with a generic trem and non-locking trem posts.
I am a big ESP fan but even the least expensive ESP Mirage (not LTD) is £200 more than the RG15xx so if the money is no object I would probably go for an ESP or a Jackson SL1 but if you are on a budget there is no better guitar out there than ans Ibanez.
If your wanting to get a Floyd Rose, then get the Ibanez. For that price you will not find another new guitar that has a Floyd Rose that's even half the quality of the Edge Pro. If a Floyd Rose is not important then I would say you should look at ESP too. They are putting out some awesome, inexpensive guitars.
Everyone has for got the value a second hand RG550 costs less than £300 on average and it comes with a really nice neck the best floyd IMO and is sturdy as a rock. NO jackson/esp can compete with the hardwear at that price.
Damn i knew i forgot something. Obviously the price is a huge factor.
Like he said for £300 you get a guitar that could last you a lifetime and thats as good as a JEM, with different pickups blah blah...
For what you get, which is alot of bang for your buck....that is incredibly cheap. And TBH, I wouldnt buy anything much else!
Gary - The.Godfather
Thats plenty. But whatever you do I wouldnt buy new.
Do yourself a favour go secondhand and get a nice condition RG550 for around £300. Then keep the rest.
You'll be glad you did.....theyre great guitars for the money. And you could always change the pickups to some DiMarzios, then you really will have a killer axe on your hands. You cant go wrong.
Gary - The.Godfather
Dont bother with the 15xx either. The major strongpoints for Ibanez is the solid mid range line with top quality trems, and it's my opinion that the Edge Pro really is a step down stability-wise, due to the removal of the locking trem posts. It's a better design, and with potential, but at the moment I wouldn't bother because it's inferior to the Edge and you cant swap any other trem with it. Edge Pro guitars ONLY work with Edge Pros.
Besides, the 5xx are usually pretty new, and are CHEAP AS HELL!
I like Ibanezs for the wizard necks. There are some weet Jacksons that have really nice necks as well. I have a jackson and a ibanez rg and the rg is a lil easier to play as its lighter in weight. If your going to a old skool metal look get a jackson with reverse headstock. I know a few years a go that Jacksons had schaller type floyd roses on cheaper guitars as the lower end rgs had the low trs which a lot of people dislike. But with a 5xx it woudl have a edge which is really good. Id go play a ibanez and a jackson that are in the same price range and get what you like. Ill admit I did this test and ended up getting a jackson over a ibanez....but I still had to have a rg so a year later i bought a rg and i play it the most.
I guess I'll tell you why I've stuck with Ibanez through 15 years of playing.
The neck profile: It's simply the smoothest best playing production neck I've found. Even the WizardII, which is slightly less flat on the back end (and more like a JEM7VWH neck) plays great.
The body contours: When you read stories about guys falling asleep playing their guitars- that's me! I love playing guitar, but some of them are very uncomfortable for me. Particularily Gibsons always seem to find a way to jab me in the ribs. The Ibanez RG/JEM profile fits perfectly.
The bridge: The Edge/Lo Pro Edge/and the new Edge Pro are some of the best production double locking systems I've ever used. Unlike other brands like Jackson who just keep pumping out an antiquated Floyd Rose, Ibanez has put considerable effort into refining the double locking tremelo. The profile of the bridge gets smoother and lower than ever. Although it's definately an imperfect science, the return to pitch keeps getting better. For a huge discussion of this, check Rich Harris's website here: http://www.ibanezrules.com/namm/2003/trems.htm
Bottom line: The best bridges keep getting better, and even the bottom-of-the-barrel stuff Ibanez makes now surpasses the old Floyd Rose design.
So there's your reasons. AND- they look sharp too. 8)