#1
Well, after years of hankering after an RG I went to the shop today to try some out, they were nice but meh, so the sales guy suggested I also try the S series, which I did and boy do they feel good (I also tried a Prestige that was fantastic but is out of my price range)

Ok so here is the question, an S420 has the same specs (neck, trem, pups) as the S670 but there is quite a difference in price, what exactly makes it more expensive. Is it just the finish or are the higher model numbers better put together, better quality control?
#2
Well the S420 has a HH config whereas the S670 seems to have a HSH configuration, so that'll affect the price.
Secondly the S670 has a flamed maple top, which adds to the price.

As far as quality control, I don't think it changes any as long as the guitars are made in the same factory. Higher model numbers usually means better/more features though.
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#3
Thanks shor, well Im happy with a HH config so I may as well get the lower model number and chuck some decent pickups in it. What would be a good choice for Vai/Satriani stuff?
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#4
To be honest, it doesn't matter all that much as long as you have an amp that can get the tone you like.

Personally I find the stock ibanez pups too muddy, but I'd advise you to try them out for a while before you make any changes. Again...mostly it'll come down to your amp.

If I were in the mood for pickup swappage though, I'd be tempted to try out the DiMarzio Gravity Storm set though.
Not going to recommend them, as I haven't tried them myself...but I've heard good things about them.
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#5
Pretty much just cosmetic and the extra pickup. The s420 is a great value. Vai and Satch both use basswood bodied guitars and different pickups. Not quite sure what you'd want for the mahogany body of the s420. I have a mo'joe and paf joe pair in my older s540 and think they are great.
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#6
I use a Korg AX3000 into a fender twin, or if I am at home the Korg into an 80s Dean Markley amp (nice clean channel, 15" speaker) would a pickup change be noticed with that setup or is it only noticeable with a decent tube amp?
#7
My main guitar is an S420, absolutely killer value. Love this thing.

Ibanez tends to charge a lot for a little. All of their mid level models are going to be more or less the same, quality wise, whether it's a 300 or a 600. I say get the cheapest mid level model you can find that has the features you want, otherwise go Prestige.

If you think the aesthetics are worth the extra they cost, of course that's up to you.
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#8
Quote by DarthV
Pretty much just cosmetic and the extra pickup. The s420 is a great value. Vai and Satch both use basswood bodied guitars and different pickups. Not quite sure what you'd want for the mahogany body of the s420. I have a mo'joe and paf joe pair in my older s540 and think they are great.


Vai's main guitar i not basswood, it's alder. Satrianis latest model, JS2410, is also alder.