Originally Posted by VJ Sin
How is the used market where you live? You can get a late 80's or early 90's Ibanez RG550 or 750 in good condition for under $530. It will be made in Japan. This will be substantially better than buying a new RG170/270/370.
A quick note about Ibanez model numbers. This is for 3 digit numbers:
The first number is the series, so all else being equal 470 is better than 370, which is better than 270, etc.
The second number is the pickup configuration, 5 = HSH with pickguard, 7 = HSH without pickguard, 2 = HH no pickguard, 6 = either SH or SSH (rare).
The third number refers to the tremolo/bridge. 0 = some sort of whammy bar trem, whether an Edge, Edge Zero II, Edge III, Lo Pro, etc., and 1 = fixed bridge.
So for example:
Ibanez RG470 = 4 series (better pickups and electronics than a 2 series), HSH configuration, no pickguard, whammy bar.
Ibanez RG351 = 3 series (better pickups and electronics than a 2 series), HSH configuration, pickguard, no whammy bar.
Ibanez RG421 = 4 series, HH configuration, no pickguard, no whammy bar.
Of course, there might be letters at the end, such as "DX" which means "deluxe" and you get shark tooth inlay markers, etc.
What kind of tremolo/bridge do you want? Do you have any experience with a Floyd Rose type? If not, be aware that changing strings will take you at least an hour your first time, and overall the learning curve is pretty steep. A lot of people say you should stay away from an Edge III bridge if you want a FR type floating tremolo. The Edge Zero II is considered to be better and is available on many newer Ibanez guitars, even some of the 300 models, in case you want a new guitar. Regular bridges and fixed bridges are easy to change strings on and don't have any of the frustrations that come with a floating bridge. The original Edge, available on late 80's RGs (and also on new Jem7VWH's), is considered by many to be the best.
So, if you do not specifically want/need a floating bridge to do crazy whammy bar tricks, do not get one.
Tell me what sort of wood, pickup configuration, color, bridge, etc. do you want and I will suggest some Ibanez RG models for you.