Congratulations! Good choice on the Ibanez. To piggyback the concept: Lots of people use and know Fender, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with them, but just like car manufacturers; there's a lot of different brands and models that can get you from A to B reliably. I build classics and go to car shows often. I love the Chevrolet Camaro, but when there's rows of them all with small blocks, dual stripes, and rally wheels it gets old fast. Same when I see 4 or 5 bands a night and all the bassists have Fenders.