#1
Hi all,

I need your experience and suggestions for this... I have 2005 Ibanez RG320FM AM... It is a standard RG.

I made some upgrades to the guitar as I have put Dimarzio Crunch Lab/Liquifire set in it and have upgraded tone cap to Orange Drop. From tone perspective, I can feel the value of this upgrade and the guitar sounds very nice. From playability perspective, the guitar is OK but I keep hearing that playability of RG Prestige is totally different and way much better than my RG.

I haven't played a Prestige before... I need some feedback from those who owned both guitars; RG Standard and RG Prestige. Is the difference that huge? How about Prestige stock pickups comparing to my Dimarzio? Can other upgrades be made to my RG to feel more like a Prestige?

If I will go to RG Prestige, what is the best choice considering that:
1. I usually buy used
2. I need a guitar with basswood body
3. Tremolo is a must

This is my current guitar:
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#2
I think Prestige will add a very amazing neck or something I've heard about that before too.
Anyway wait for this guy to come ----> (trashedlostfdup) (god of guitar forums) He got 4 Prestige I think
#3
I'm not expert on Ibanez, but I've had a few roll through for setups.

The Lo-Pro Edge is super comfortable. I'm not sure if it's a completely different type of Edge from other Ibanez guitars, but their design fits in a recess very comfortably. The S bodies are especially ergonomic. Tuning stability was rock solid. I came to prefer Ibanez style floating trems over the LFR/OFR options after a while.

To me, the Prestiges seemed like they had a bit more of a D shape on the back, so the thumb-against proper style for the shreddy shreddy stuff was a bit more comfortable.

The pickups were fine. I would probably prefer your Dimarzios, myself.

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#4
Quote by joseph24
I think Prestige will add a very amazing neck or something I've heard about that before too.
Anyway wait for this guy to come ----> (trashedlostfdup) (god of guitar forums) He got 4 Prestige I think


Ippon has me out ranked. lol.

I do have four, a 1570, 2550, 2570 and a 3550. However i have no experience with the non-prestige models.

All i can say about them is that when you pick one up, it feels like a solid guitar. The trems are excellent, i can take any of mine and dive to beyond floppy or pull up all the way and it stays perfectly in tune. The non dimarzio stock pickups leave some to be desired. But as with any guitar they are easily swapped. Nice ones can be found under $600 used all day. I will surely acquire a fifth in the future.
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#5
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Ippon has me out ranked. lol.

I do have four, a 1570, 2550, 2570 and a 3550. However i have no experience with the non-prestige models.

All i can say about them is that when you pick one up, it feels like a solid guitar. The trems are excellent, i can take any of mine and dive to beyond floppy or pull up all the way and it stays perfectly in tune. The non dimarzio stock pickups leave some to be desired. But as with any guitar they are easily swapped. Nice ones can be found under $600 used all day. I will surely acquire a fifth in the future.


Thank you boss... your input for sure pushes me a bit more towards getting a Prestige but to pull the trigger, I still need some comparative view between standard with upgrades versus prestige with stock parts.

Additionally, which model you recommend? (Basswood body)
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#6
Any particular reason you're so keen on a basswood body?
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#7
I love my RGD Prestige. Basswood body, Maple/Wenge Wizard 7 prestige neck. 26.5" scale if you like tuning down. Comes with a black Tusq nut, a high quality comfortable bridge, and the stock ibanez V77/V87 actually really surprised me. I was kinda bummed a high end guitar came with stock brand made pickups, but these are very usable. I haven't changed mine yet after owning it for 2 years or so.

It comes down to every part being quality from the hardware down to the wood. The fretwork on mine is smooth as butter and there isn't a single thing i can complain about.
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#8
What you're getting in a Prestige is a better trem and hardware, a better neck and much better overall build quality. I have a RGR1570 and love it.
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Any particular reason you're so keen on a basswood body?


I have 2 other mahogany body guitars...
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#10
Prestiges are just better in pretty much every way (though I would keep the pickup upgrade you have put into your current guitar). They are built better, the hardware is better, they FEEL better...

I have personally never owned a Prestige (not an Ibanez guy) but I have played a LOT of Ibanezes (all my friends ARE Ibanez guys). The Prestige models are definitely a pretty big step up in terms of all-round quality.
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#11
Quote by mockbel
Thank you boss... your input for sure pushes me a bit more towards getting a Prestige but to pull the trigger, I still need some comparative view between standard with upgrades versus prestige with stock parts.

Additionally, which model you recommend? (Basswood body)


my favorite of the group are the 2570 and 2550. no real reason, i just tend to find those in my hands most often.

as far as pickups go, i have the CL/LQ combo in the 2570 and i love them (kept the original SC in), one has the TZ/AN, another the stock DImarzio/IBZ in the guitar, and the fourth has and another has d-activators ready to be installed when i get to it.

if you are going to sell your RG to fund the prestige, i would put it bac kto stock and sell it, and throw the CL/LQ in the prestige.

i would not bother upgrading your RG any further. a huge difference is the bridge, and they are stupid expensive to purchase.

the fretwork on my prestiges are fantastic, absolute first class. the trems are really nice too, everything is stellar IMO.

go for it!
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What you're getting in a Prestige is a better trem and hardware, a better neck and much better overall build quality.


pretty much, yeah.
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#13
Today I went jamming with a friend... I played his PRS S2 Custom 24... It plays very nice by the way... I know it is mahogany body

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#14
i haven't had much experience with the S-2's, but knowing PRS they are likely very nice. CU24's are very nice, but they are at a way different price target. also most don't have floyds, totally different necks. different everything. it wouldn't be anything like a prestige.

i will put it this way: from my experience, if you can find a nice prestige for $600-$700, you will get more mileage out of that than the $1000 or so PRS S2.
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#16
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I think target is identified... Prestige...
As I have just purchased my Gibson R8.. I think next guitar purchase will not be before few months... and it will be a Prestige... May be PRS CU24 could come next...

I can live with my RG for time being without thinking of any further mods

Thank you all... you are great
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#17
R8 is very cool. Are you sure you wouldn't want to consider an Ibanez USRG to properly fit near the Gibson?
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R8 is very cool. Are you sure you wouldn't want to consider an Ibanez USRG to properly fit near the Gibson?


What is that

First time to know that there is USA made Ibanez

Any experience with these things guys? I did a quick search on ebay and found few for sale but all are 90's made... is it a discontinued series or what? I can't find anything about it on Ibanez website as well.

How do they compare to Prestige? I noted alder body thing.. any other differences? Which is better built?
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#20
Quote by dmchannelitaly
Prestige is essentially better build quality, hard-case and the special fret treatment.


FWIW the hard-cases are extremely nice. molded perfectly and solid as fuck.
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#21
Well I prefer to continue on same threat rather than starting a new one...
I have a 2006 MIJ Jackson DK2 offered locally... how would you compare it to a Prestige ??

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#22
not just as good. not as good of a trem, the guitar overall is probably not just as good (thought still a good instrument), and i'm not sure it's a 2006-2007 model because I thought (though i could just be misremembering) that 2006 was when they started using real duncans.
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not just as good. not as good of a trem, the guitar overall is probably not just as good (thought still a good instrument), and i'm not sure it's a 2006-2007 model because I thought (though i could just be misremembering) that 2006 was when they started using real duncans.


Oh... this makes me feel that my current Korean Ibanez (with upgraded Dimarzios) is better than this Jackson
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#24
i dunno about that, but maybe not enough of a step-up to really be worth it. i mean, i really like the MIJ jacksons too, but i think the prestiges are slightly better (especially the ones with better trems).
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#25
I'm a Jackson guy but the Prestige will have likely had more attention to detail during the manufacturing process!

That said I'd love to have that Dinky it would match my Eerie Dess RR3
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#26
i have owned three MIJ jacksons (DKMG, DKMGT, and a DXMG), while nice instruments and a good value, they aren't comparable to my prestiges. the fretwork is not nearly as good, the trem (as dave said) is much inferior, and it doesn't have the same feel.

saying that, it still is a nice guitar, but not up to the level of the ibanez prestige.
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#27
Thanks folks... I will pass on it... although I love the look of this DK2 !!!!
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#28
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Thanks folks... I will pass on it... although I love the look of this DK2 !!!!


I plan to aquire a Prestige for myself, most go for $800 to $900 used in my area and occasionally $600 or $700, I just have not had the right amount of cash at the right time yet, I usually buy sub $500 MIJ Jacksons then upgrade to an OFR later when I have the money.

Yes the Eerie Dess Swirl is a rather striking finish, pictures just do not do them justice, in person they are quite impressive! Here is a shot of my 2010 RR3

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#29
I went from an RG120 to an S420 to an RG2550Z recently.

- Amazing neck. Not just the dimensions, but the edge of the fretboard is super smooth. It's like there's a permanent coating of talcum powder on it - same for the neck.

- Better build quality. Feels solid.

- Mine has Dimarzio pickups

- Came set-up

- Case included and it fits the guitar perfectly.
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#30
I think with some mods, you can get the MIJ Jacksons to be comparable to a Prestige, but you would need to put more money into them to upgrade the trem.

Having played 20 different MIJ Pro Jacksons, I think the fretwork on the MIJ Jacksons is generally pretty damn good and consistent.
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#31
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I think with some mods, you can get the MIJ Jacksons to be comparable to a Prestige, but you would need to put more money into them to upgrade the trem.

Having played 20 different MIJ Pro Jacksons, I think the fretwork on the MIJ Jacksons is generally pretty damn good and consistent.


I have to agree I have 5 MIJ Jackson's and a MIJ Charvel the fretwork is great on all of them.
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