#1
I've been looking more and more at guitars in the £500-700 range, and i stumbled across this....

http://www.thomann.de/gb/ibanez_rgt6exfx_bk.htm


It matches all my criteria and is a good price (i can get it lower than that). Is this as good as the prestige guitars in terms of playability? I just really need to know if its going to be a lot better, or only marginly better than my 350.

Thanks a lot, and sorry for keep on posting threads on this subject!
#2
It's not much better than a 350. The reason for the high price are the name brand pickups and neck through construction. The increase in sound quality does not justify the 700€ you'd have to pay for it. I'd rather install new pickups in the 350 for 200€ and save 500 bucks.

EDIT: If you want a new guitar, saving up for an RG1570 is probably better in the long run, since it's not that much more:
http://www.thomann.de/gb/ibanez_rg1570sdb.htm
Last edited by TheQuailman at Sep 26, 2008,
#3
Quote by TheQuailman
It's not much better than a 350. The reason for the high price are the name brand pickups and neck through construction. The increase in sound quality does not justify the 700€ you'd have to pay for it. I'd rather install new pickups in the 350 for 200€ and save 500 bucks.

EDIT: If you want a new guitar, saving up for an RG1570 is probably better in the long run, since it's not that much more:
http://www.thomann.de/gb/ibanez_rg1570sdb.htm


Sorry, the main reason im ditching my old 350 is becus i dont want a trem, so that wouldnt really work for me. Unfortunate becus it looks great..
#4
In my experience, and that of my guitar teacher (a long-time Ibanez fanatic), a Prestige guitar is definitely worth the increase in price, as you'll see a difference in quality of a lot of the components - on non-prestige guitars, you'll see a lot thinner / cheaper metals, plastic screws, things like that, which is how they reduce the price (along with the cheaper labor) - you see this most when you regularly look for used guitars, as you'll see lower-end Ibanez's, Squires, etc., start to rust along the bridge and saddles a lot sooner, the nuts wear out a lot faster because of the cheaper plastic, etc. Obviously this isn't always the case, just if you looked at 100 or 1000 guitars over 5 years, you can see a trend.

This doesn't always matter, of course... I went through my share of really crappy guitars before I realized I wanted to collect a few that I could keep forever, but it was ok because I didn't keep those crappy ones very long, so I never suffered any of the long-term differences.

The other thing to keep in mind is that Prestige Ibanez's hold up better on resale value - correct me if I'm mistaken, but I believe the going eBay price on an RG1570 or an RG2550 series guitar is somewhere around 20-25% off of a new one, assuming good condition, whereas a lower-end Ibanez might be selling used for 30-40% off - I think this sort of reflects my theory on the long-term build and component quality of each guitar.
#5
Quote by vitchb
Sorry, the main reason im ditching my old 350 is becus i dont want a trem, so that wouldnt really work for me. Unfortunate becus it looks great..

Than I'd look into an Ibanez RGA, but those are more expensive:
http://www.thomann.de/gb/ibanez_rga121hcdr.htm

I admit it's not the prettiest guitar out there, but I think it was also available in green.
But sound and handling are good, so despite the colour it's a nice guitar.
If you want a guitar with a fixed bridge, maybe look into other brands, it's tough spotting an Ibanez without a double locking trem.