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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-30-2010, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
 
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2010 Prestige Sabers

Hi Guys, hope some of you can help!

I'm about to buy my first Ibanez and like the look of the new 2010 S prestige, but having spent some time researching as many posts on the S Prestige as I could find, there seems to be hardly any recent reviews or first hand reports on the 2010 models. Unfortunately I'm nowhere near any shop that stocks these in the UK, and I suspect most shops that do have stock will have pre 2010 models at the moment, so I'm relying a lot on what I can read about them online.

Has anyone here had a chance to play these new models and if so, can you report on how you are finding them, and if possible how they compare to the same models from previous years? As you will prob know, Ibanez has changed the neck and the middle pickups on the 2010 models and I am particularly interested to know how these changes have affected their sustain 'issues', balance and 'feel' if at all.

On a slightly separate note, does anyone have any knowledge/experience with the characteristics of the EGEN18 custom pups (unavailable by retail I believe?) and if any of the commercially available Dimarzios are similar or even much the same?

Please feel free to chime in with any thoughts or reports.

Cheers for now
Mama
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-30-2010, 09:53 PM
 
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Re: 2010 Prestige Sabers

2010 models now have the 'super wizard' neck which is the thinnest Ibanez neck available.
This is the same skinny neck measurements found on the original 80's versions,17mm @ 1st fret/19mm @ the 12th.
Though the new necks are more refined and slightly wider than the old ones,this is all good though.
To own a S with out the skinny neck is defeating the purpose IMO,so make sure you do get the 2010 version.

The Egen pick ups are modified EVO's,modified to suit Mahogany a little better as EVO's were originally eq'd for Vai's Alder JEM's.
I can't comment on the Egen p'ups sound as I've not tried them,though i expect them to be perhaps too hot as i do have an EVO equipped guitar.

I personally would stick in something like the new Dimarzio Crunch lab/liquifier set or stick too the classic Tonezone bridge and either norton or Breed at the neck.

I will be getting one of these bad boys myself eventually but i intend to install a NOS set of the 80's F series Dimarzios the original S's came with,my favorite p'ups.

Just for the record i have not heard anything terrible about the Hot grinder p'ups the S's currently come with,they may suit you fine.

Hope this helps,Corey.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-30-2010, 09:58 PM
 
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Re: 2010 Prestige Sabers

Oh yeah,the sustain issue seems to be perhaps user error/setup.
I've heard from pro players and techs there really is no issue.....????

I believe even Rich (pro dealer on this site) said there was nothing out of order with it,he's the guy to ask though because again i don't own one yet.
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