Piano/keyboards, Bass guitar (4,5, and 6-string), Guitar (electric,acoustic,and baritones...in 6,7,8, 10 and 12-string configurations), drums (badly) and voice (if you count that as an instrument). I also played Viola and Cello in HS Orchestra, but it's been years since I played either of those.
I've been playing the guitar for about 12 years, but sometimes I feel like I was meant to be a banjo player. Claw hammer stuff, not really the bluegrass style. Bass, a little violin, and that's about it.
Usually starters end up with a "trial pack". It's a Fender "Squire" mass produced with a small cheapo amplifier. It actually works quite well for the $169.99 you pay for the whole package. After awhile playing the artist gets sick of missing the few frets on the higher octave and starts looking for a "jumbo" model 24 frets (at least if they play the same kind of music I do). This opens up several options. Why do so many people play Ibanez? here's the run down...
Given the components and modern technology guitars run very heavily on brand name and band sponsorships. purchasing a "signature" guitar will promote a guitar company's sales, and give a small kick back to the artists for using and endorsing their products. In return, the customor gets an exact "replica" of what the actual artist uses on stage.
Price-wise, given all the same components in a guitar a Gibson/Fender model is going to run between 3-4 thousand dollars. LTD/ESP doesn't have very high quality (in my opinion) *holds up a garbage can lid as a shield*. This leaves the field open to Ibanez and Schecter. Both are great in my book but ultimately I choose Ibanez as my practice guitar because all the tuning knobs are on one side making it easier to lean up against a table, chair, or lay down. I wish I had a better more technical reason but honestly, that's it.
Yes, I really really want a Schecter for my stage performances, but that's another story.
Well, I play mostly BC Rich...not because I feel "uber metal" with pointy guitars, but because I LOVE their necks. The rest of the electrics consist of three Washburn Dime sigs and a Dean ML Modifier 8-string. I used to play Ibanez acoustics, but fell in love with Ovation last year, so now I have four of those (2 sixes, a baritone and a 12), but I did add another Ibanez to the rack this Christmas because I can't say no to an affordable 7-string acoustic...but then again I'm a guitar whore.
ESP/LTD is hit-and-miss, I've had a few Jeff Hanneman sigs and an RZK sig that I liked, but the Alexi Laiho sig and the Kirk Hammett sig were terrible. But I have a 6-string LTD bass that's absolutely amazing. Never liked Gibson or Fender either, mostly because neither company makes too many models with 24+ fret necks, and for some reason I just can't get into Schecter.There are a lot of other brands out there, too, but aside from Jackson very few put out anything that actually interests me.
Okay, I take you've never played an Ibanez? They are a great value for the price bracket they occupy. Even the AR220, the bottom of the AR line, is a very serviceable piece that will be with you for a long time. The RG line is good and their acoustic lines are a good deal for the price. I have an AEF30EVV and it's a very good piece. I like the Lo-Z output so I can go direct to a mixer or PA with it. My Ibanez Mandolin, an older dicontinued model, has a solid spruce top and it's louder than sin. Plays nicely, too considering it has never been professionally set up. That's later on this year.
Just my 0.02 USD worth, gleaned from some fifty years of playing stringed instruments.
I've played many an Ibanez over the years, the neck profile on most of them just doesn't feel right to me...at least on the electrics, they just feel too thin, that and I'm just not a fan of superstrats, which is the majority of their product line. I still have a Xiphos somewhere, as well as one of their AEL 7-string acoustics, and I'll admit to GASing pretty hard for a Destroyer, but for me,the higher-end neck-through BC Riches are where it's at. The BC Rich neck profile just feels perfect in my hands.
Because Ibanez kicks ass. Thats why.
I have an urban camo RG that my friends obsess over. The mother of pearl inlays are a nice touch too, not to mention the authentic ak47 sling I use for a guitar strap.
But on a side note, if that 9-string RG from last year's NAMM show becomes a thing, I *might* need one, but it would have to be a long enough scale length to tune to a low C# (C#F#BEADGBE), but that would probably require fanned frets, something like a 27"-30", which is just impractical from a mass-production standpoint.
*edit* apparently it IS a thing, but 28" scale length = nope. Barely enough there for an F#, never mind a C# without going up to like a .125 bass string.