So, I know I went through this not long ago, but I might look into purchasing another guitar. My last one was a failed attempt as the guitar was new, but it had issues. (Probably from sitting in a warehouse during summer and winter months) Anyway, for a long while I was looking at a Fender strat, but it's been a depressing search. I find these Mexican strats to be sub par. Some of them are "ok", but just not what I'm wanting. I would really like a Japanese strat, but they don't export the Japanese strats anymore, and to get a non-export Japanese strat is hard to find, and if you do, they are quite expensive. The American strats in my opinion are clearly better than the Mexican strats, but aren't as well made as the Japanses strats, and dollar for dollar are over priced for the difference between them the Mexican strats. ...there is lies the delima... That said, I have chosen to go in a different direction. I already have an Ibanez (which I am a big fan of) and I really like the one I have now that I have replaced the stock pickups with high end DiMarzio pickups. (PAF neck, HS3 middle, and ToneZone in the bridge) Great sound, places great, has no blimishes, and appears to be of a far better quality than the 2008 model I attempted to replace it with. (it's a Oct. 1997 model) So, when Fender failed, I looked at Gibson, but I'm just not ready for one. A nice Les Paul are very expensive and when I played an SG I actually liked it better than the Les Paul. Still, that didn't do it for me either. I looked at a Schecter and they are nice and feel nice in your had, but the neck gives me a sence of a plastic like feel to it. It just turns me off. I've never played a Dean, so I just can't comment on them. No interest right now in ESP, PRS, or BC Rich. So, I looked at Jackson. Every since I was probably 13 years old, I wanted a Randy Rhoads V, and I decided I still want one. The only thing I'm worried about is the V shape and dinging and the fact that I like to play sitting down sometimes and it won't sit in my lap like a normal guitar. It has to be arched upwards. I want the Floyd Rose locking trem and I don't want that dirty cheap JS series. I want a pro series. Yeah, some people don't like Floyd Rose termelos, but thats because they haven't figured out how to manage them properly. I love them for many many reasons and the whammy bar is probably the last reason. Anyway, this is the one I'm looking at. Jackson Randy Rhoads 3 (RR3) I'm looking at it in transparent blue. The Eerie Dess Swirl is sweet, but a bit to busy for me. Eerie Dess Swirl This is the one I want Transparent Blue Now that is SEXY! My biggest issue is there is a single freaking music store in the area that has a Jackson RR3 in in transparent blue in stock. Not only that, they don't have ANY Jackson RR3's in stock at all even for me to checkout how they play. sigh, that means if I want one I have to buy it online. :bang2: After my last online guitar purchase, I never wanted to do that again. :bang2: :bang2: I could special order it at a local shop, but if I don't like it, they won't take it back as far as I know. I will have to order online from a company that has it in stock and will accept it back if I don't like it. Sigh...the trials and tribulations of purchasing a guitar.