There are some small differences in the layout of knobs and such, eg, USB in the front on the rack vs in back on the toaster, but the guts are the same.
As a home player, I prefer the toaster for its portability and smaller physical footprint.
Someone name a guitar maker that hasn't produced some bad pieces. All makers, even your favorite ultra-exclusive custom builder, have let fuck ups into the wild and will continue to do so. Perfection does not exist anywhere, with anything. Of course, it's the ratio of good to bad that...
Whether it's their studio tone or their live tone, duplicating their sound is going to be impossible, due to the staggering amount of gear they use. For album tone, add studio magic on top of it.
The best you can do is an approximation of the core tone with a subset of their gear. Here's a...
I have a III and a IV. The III is awesome and if I had to get rid of one I'd sell the IV, but I have no doubt that the IV will do the LoG tone better. I haven't played a V, but if it can nail the IV then that would be perfect as well.
I prefer ATDs to MKRs, and reissues to originals if price is not a consideration. Taking mojo out of the equation, the reissues are just better made guitars. Improved specs + more modern technology + Fujigen = better, imho.
That said, the reissues are ridiculously expensive and out of my...
Ha ha, the headstock does seem to pretty polarizing. What can I say, I like it.
The neck joint isn't uncomfortable for me. I have larger than average hands, maybe that's part of it. I have a JEM with a similar neck joint and another Ibanez with an AANJ - they all play the same for me.
Here is my first seven, a Cobra from Strictly 7 Guitars. The spec highlights:
26' 3/16" scale
black limba body
rock maple neck
macassar ebony fretboard
BKP Aftermaths in the neck and bridge
The craftsmanship is excellent; it plays...