Went into a a local Scam Cash just for some strings but saw they had quite a few guitars I had wanted to try out. Started with the Fenders and worked my way around the room. Played a few Classic Series Strat's that were actually pretty damn nice for an $800 price tag, then grabbed an Yngwie model which I hadn't tried out in about 15 years. No fucking way could I play one of those....you need Daddy Long Leg-like touch for those things!
Played an Epi Thunderhorse that was actually REALLY fucking loud unplugged and had a really comfy neck....one day I will own an Explorer.
The Ibanez wall. Ugh. I was stoked to play the new Floral JEM and the white UV, took the JEM down first and immediately felt that familiar JEM neck. Found a stool and took a seat, it was set up decently and not out of tune too much, no whammy bar to get an idea of that bridge though. Everything felt pretty good until I got up higher on the neck. People argue that the last 4 scalloped frets on the JEMs are unnecessary due to the AANJ, but I disagree. Maybe my fingers are just too big, but I was having a bitch of a time getting those higher notes to sound out.
The UV....I could hear the springs making so much noise when I took it off the wall I didn't even want to plug it in. This thing sounded like it had a 50ft reverb tank built into it. It felt REALLY light, lighter than any guitar I had played at that point. Before I even played it I moved the pick-up selector into the bridge position and was put off right away because of how cheap the switch felt. Pick-up heights were all fucked. Frets on both the JEM and the UV were pretty nice but felt thinner than my JEM's? (Not sure if that's just in my head) Something about it felt like a toy though. Maybe because it was so light.
Played a few RG's and Iron Label's. The RG7421PB I picked up didn't have the smooth frets like the Premium stuff I played, in fact, the neck felt really odd to me so I looked straight down it and there was a small wave along the treble side where either the had a slight twist or the frets just weren't done right. The Prestige stuff I played felt right on par with early 90's/mid 90's Ibanez stuff. There was an RG652 that felt really familiar.
Not impressed with Ibanez' quality on most everything I played. If it wasn't one thing, it was another with pretty much every guitar I played. My JEM was $1650 brand new with a UV100 case in 1997, the fact that the FP and UV are in the same price range is sad. Definitely not the same quality in parts, finish or build.
I think the most alarming thing was that even the guitars that were put together well, the Prestige stuff, none of them really sounded that great unplugged or popped out. The $800 Classic Vibe Strat and the Thunderhorse were sonically much more appealing unplugged.
What I WAS stoked with was the EVH Striped Series! I played 3 of them and they all felt fucking great! I didn't fuck with the whammy much, but I LOVE those necks, they all had a nice loud sound with nothing clanging in the back and most importantly, they were really fun to play. I think I'd have to get the red striped one if I were to get one because I grinned every time I looked down at it.
Got some M-Steel strings for the first time, they seem pretty cool up front, but not sure any set of strings is worth $15.
I had the same impression with the EVH stripe guitars, I just get on with them well. At the Scam Cash in the Dolphin Mall they said I played too loud with the 5153 on like .01 on the volume...so I never went back. Pussies.