Good day boys and girls of the SevenString forum, I hope you're all well
I was sitting around today, looking misty-eyed at all the wonderful guitars one can purchase on the webz, when I realised that of the two electric guitars I have, I only really ever play one of them.
The guitar I've come to neglect was my first, an Ibanez SA220 that cost me £279. Here's a pic.
It was a fantastic first guitar, but I got it about 6 years ago and since then the only major upgrade to it was when I swapped in some EMGs for the stock pups. The fact is that I guess I don't really like playing it that much anymore. The tuners are terrible and the bridge is a horrible excuse for a floating trem. I love the feel of the neck, but the frets seem to be totally worn out. I'm too nervous to fiddle around with the truss rod, but even when I get it set up at my local store the notes seem to choke out quickly higher up the fretboard. The sound is actually pretty good, but I'm past my 16-year old metalcore-is-the-only-thing-that's-worth-playing phase and more often than not I want something that, sure, can play all the good metal stuff, but has some dynamics and doesn't go all compressed when I want to be bluesy.
So, my question to you guys is: What would you recommend as quality upgrades to the guitar that I have? Is it worth spending that money, or would I be better off just buying a new guitar altogether?
To give you an indication of what I'm looking for:
a) locking tuners
b) a quality, non-locking trem (or a fixed bridge, not really fussed)
c) quality frets
I'd be inclined to put in a pair of BKPs, possibly a couple of Nailbombs of Aftermaths.
I know this is a very subjective question, but any help or advice would be much appreciated!