Morning. So, I've spent the past couple of months browsing around here and have learned an awful lot about an awful lot. Clearly I have a long way to go, and I'd just like to see a little discussion on my next purchase. Note: I'm aware that the only answer to this is to play lots of instruments and decide what I like. What I'm really interested in is what am I not thinking of/where might I make a choice that I regret. I've been playing for about a year, and I currently play a Jackson that a buddy gave to me. When I got it the neck pickup didn't work and the action was high enough that playing anything above the 5th fret not only made me feel like I was going to get carpal tunnel in about 2 weeks but actually detuned the note. I got it set up, fixed the pickup and dialed in the intonation, and now have a decent playing instrument, but its just not "mine.". I've been playing long enough that I'm sure I'm going to stick with it, and have improved my skill to the point that its starting to be fun rather than frustrating to play. In short, time to make an investment. The lengthy discussion on the SUB Ray's got me into my local GC about 2 months ago to check them out. Ended up disliking it, really not 100% sure why but my reaction was "get this thing out of my hands.". There goes my dream of a cheap upgrade So I played my way through just about every other thing they had there. SBMM, EBMM, lots of fenders, a schechter or 2, some Ibanezes. Since then, I've been back there 2 more times, basically doing the same thing. I've also gone to the independent place a couple of times and played a couple of Warwicks, more fenders, and some more EBMMs. I've come to a couple of conclusions: 1.) I will own more than one. Foregone conclusion probably, but for now I need a solid all-around. 2.). I really like the Ray34 I played at GC. I don't know they are all like this, but the thing that makes me hesitate about this one is the finished neck. Much preferring the unfinished neck of the Ibanez and the EBMM I played. 3.) Didn't feel like the extra cost of the EBMM was worth it to my, from fit and finish or sound. Am I missing something here? 4.) Liked the Warwick I played. It was an older fortress 5 I want to say. I could see going that way. 5.) Could go 5 or 4 at this point. 6.) Can't get on board with the fenders doe some reason. I kept playing them thinking I just hadn't picked up the right one yet. Oh, and I play everything music wise. No metal, although I do like the occasional Rage song. I'm working on slap, but I don't see that being my main MO. SO, I know its very subjective, but any thoughts?