I was just in a Guitar Center trying to find a guitar for my 40th. I was looking at offshore stuff, and couldn't find a guitar I liked to play. Lots of great looking guitars, Jackson, Chapman, LTD, EII, Ibanez... But so dissapointing to play on. (I'm comparing them back to my cheapo 80's and 90's Ibanez/BC Rich/Jackson offshore guitars.) I have a crap eye for guitars apparently. The only one that played right (IMO) was a USA Gibson ES-335 at a Long and McQuaids.
Until I picked up an Ibanez Genesis RG550DX! That guitar was solid, heavy, felt right... it's hard to explain so play one of these if you can and compare to a new Jackson Pro or similar superstrat.
But it was Blue, so I passed. I would also pass on a maple version with dot inlays, regardless of how well it plays. IF the guitar is less than $500, I don't care about the appointments if it's a good player. But at $1000+ price point, I expect fancy additions. Specifically, neck binding and some effort on the inlays and making the fretboard look like a good match to the body. Rosewood needs to be pretty dark to look good with a black body. Ebony = win for the blackest of black aesthetics. If more of these type guitars on the market drive the price down, I welcome it.