When I started out, the Ibanez 3XX & 4XX models are bare bones entry level models. They were nothing bad but they were definitely fundamental. Today, the economics of production allows for such lower rung models to sport a decorated top. This RG421PB here sports a poplar burl top.
This RG421G on the other hand, has gold hardware. How times have changed. If it’s a good time to buy affordable guitars with good looks, then the time is now.