After more trips to the store I decided to return the 339 mentioned in this thread and go with the ibanez. Overall i'm very happy with this choice as it feels like a more mature instrument overall. it doesn't wail like the 339, but i can always get one of those again later. i just wanted something comfortable for now. A few issues which I need some feedback about: 1. The frets on the guitar by the high E string are in the way. they're not sharp enough to cut me but they're a nuisance for sure. 2. the pickup switch is on a diagonal angle which is odd (on another model, a cherry red as93, it was completely horizontal). and it doesn't have the nice 'twack' that the as93 I had tried in a different store does. I can live without the thwack but I imagine it's possible to make it go vertical? (edit: i think there is no thwack specifically because it's diagonal and therefore has no momentum when you flip it. edit edit: i fixed this issue). 3. the tone pots have a nice vibe to them (they go nice and slow). yet the volume pots whip around really fast. is that something that can be fixed? So I have a few options about this: 1. Keep the guitar in a hardshell case with an Oasis humidifier and see if the neck widens a bit to match the frets (i only have a soft for it at the moment but will get a hardshell very soon). 2. take the guitar back to the store where i got it from and within about a week they can file the frets for me, as well as maybe adjust the electronics to sit properly. 3. the store has another guitar in this model in stock, i can go check that one out and if i like it i have to exchange it within 3 days because this is on a finance program rather than outright purchase which would've given me 30 days to horse around my concern is that i got a guitar that slipped through QC. it does take a few hours roundtrip to get to this store, and I've been in the stores a lot lately to make this decision so ideally i'd like to stop being picky at some point and spend more time playing the instrument.