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Old 01-20-2016, 10:25 PM   #1
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Teach me about Ibanez

I have been looking at several used Ibanez Prestige guitars, and frankly I have no idea what I should be looking at. There are so many models and numbers that I am completely lost. There is a local shop 45 minutes away that has a used RGA121h I found on reverb for $700, but I could probably knock it down a little bit since I've bought a guitar/setups from him before. Really nice guy.

Is that a lower end model? What other ones should I look at? Not for sure buying anything but a good deal would get me thinking!
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Old 01-20-2016, 10:32 PM   #2
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I should add, comes with the J-Craft case and a Tone Zone bridge and a Fred(?) in the neck. No idea what the Fred is outside of just being a pickup lol.
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Old 01-20-2016, 11:41 PM   #3
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i have four ibanez prestiges. 1570, 2550, 2570, and a 3550. all are very nice.

if any ibanez prestige comes without a case, don't look at it. cases are issued with every one, i would feel a little suspicious if it didn't have one. that is just me though

i believe that the tone zone and air norton are stock. i have never tried a fred. but i am not familiar with that model.

price isn't bad. but i would try to knock down a few.
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Old 01-20-2016, 11:43 PM   #4
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i have four ibanez prestiges. 1570, 2550, 2570, and a 3550. all are very nice.

if any ibanez prestige comes without a case, don't look at it. cases are issued with every one, i would feel a little suspicious if it didn't have one. that is just me though

i believe that the tone zone and air norton are stock. i have never tried a fred. but i am not familiar with that model.

price isn't bad. but i would try to knock down a few.


How does the RGA121h compare to those that you have? Their number system completely messes with me!
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Old 01-20-2016, 11:51 PM   #5
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IIRC the RGA121H came with V7/V8 pickups were the pups from factory.

Anyways the Fred is nice although it's mids are wah like tone wise.
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Old 01-21-2016, 03:32 PM   #6
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^ yeah. the pickups have been swapped. assuming it was done half-competently, that's an improvement.

i really liked the rga121. yeah, it's a lower-end prestige, but that doesn't really make a ton of difference- the big differences in the prestiges is wood choice (often basswood on the cheaper ones, though the 121 is mahogany with a plain maple top; the 321, the higher-end model, had a figured maple top and dimarzio/ibz pickups) and pickups (the cheaper ones have middling ibanez pickups but they're easily swapped).
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