As the CITES authority tightens its grip, we see more Ibanez models featuring a maple fretboard. This RG421 also features a gorgeous blue-based finish (coupled with those visible ash grains- awesome); personally, I'm rather sick of the sunburst finish. It's as agonizing as buying a black guitar. On that note, many Ibanez fans find a matching body-headstock combo more appealing than a standard black version. It adds a more personal touch I would say. Kudos to Ibanez for making charming, affordable guitars.