The godin freeway classic or the redline didnt work for me, the maple and poplar was a weird combination and anyway poplar isnt a good tonewood.
I know i sound like a PRS salesman or something but the thing is you are comparing a completely different guitar to a completely different one it is like you say i played an ibanez acoustic and didnt like its tone so i'm not going to consider any ibanez electric either. It is just that i want you to consider some alternative to that locking bridge. I bought an ibanez s570b last month and i already know i'm going to buy a hardtail guitar sooner or later as a backup, not that it isnt great it is awesome and i dont regret a bit but then trying out altered tunings, tuning half step down are a big hassle. Then again i found that even joe satriani and steve vai and others rely on whammy pedals to get that sound. It is just that sometimes we get clouded when we see some new thing and we feel like we ought to have it but it isnt really necessary. Do you know about non locking tremolo's? Have you tried some guitars with non locking trems?
Not to sound rude but did you actually play a paul allender signature or was some other? PRS Guitars | SE Paul Allender Specs cause the specs here are completely different, it has active pickups. You cannot get more metal than active pickups. Plus it has 24 frets.