not a true classic, but i've been happy with the head microgel radical MP, and i'm playing the china versions. got into 4 of them for a little over 2 bills. old school feel and cheap (maybe abit light, but that's easy to fix).
switched from the Prince Speedport Black LB's which were killing my elbow and shoulder.
played in the late 80s, quit for about 20 or so years and started again about 3.5-4 years ago, so the MG rad is actually quite "similar" to the sticks i played as a wee lad. ben using them about a year.
some friends play those pure controls you speak of (zylon or somesuch, not the swirly paint job, if that's even correct. they are kinda darkish red and grey/white). i like those too.