Initial thoughts after 10 minutes of play and fucking with it to rebalance the trem:
I suspect the body is at least Alder if not a heavier tone wood. It is far too heavy for Basswood in anycase, and way too crisp. I will confirm that later when I remove the neck. I can't tell from the cavities - they are too well painted and/or shielded.
The tone and construction are radically different than the later Fujigen quasi-mass produced RG2228.
The 8 string trem is pretty damn wierd to experience for the first time.
The Cooley cutaway kicks ass as expected.
This guitar kicks the shit out of a 2228 by so far its not even funny. It's pretty ridiculous that they didnt just replicate this guitar when Cooley left Ibanez rather than making the 2228 as it currently specs out. This is a home run - the 2228, not so much at all. (I say this owning a RG2228 and will do a closer comparison tonight.)
The scale is at least 27" if not greater. I suspect greater, but I have not measured it yet. It feels 27", but it's crisp as shit on the low F# - so it's either just good construction, or the scale may be slightly longer. I'll confirm that later also.
At this point Lee I'm going to have to respectfully ask you to stop buying any more guitars. Ever. Or I'll have to perma-ban your arse for making the rest of us feel very, very,very poor