Re: 2017 Ibanez premium guitars
I actually love the grainy feel of those neck. I had an RG927WZCZ and I loved the feel of it.
Also, I think that the new Premium guitars make sense. Aside from J Customs, I havent been excited by a Prestige for a while. The fact that they need to keep features to a bare minumium "workhorse like " guitar, makes me loose any potential interest in them. You had the 770RI and now the 3770 (which is the same thing), you had the 2570 in Blue Lagoon and Coral Reef which were cool colours (though the finish in those, just like the vita silver/gold and the cob web in the RG2120Z is very fragile and not durable at all). What else was there?
Sin mid 2000īs they either discontinued the top end Prestige or rebranded as an excuse for massive bump ups in price (RG3120 turned into 3520, turned into 4520). The RG with nice lamed tops dissapeared, the RGT dissapeared.
If you want to buy a guitar like the 3770, the mark up is significant compared to a 1570. The difference was only a couple of houndred bucks back in the day. And... though
The Premiums have some mino finish blemishes. The rounded frets are a nice touch even if the feel of a prestige is just as good (or may be even better). THe maple binding, the edge zero 2 is a great bridge (actually I liked the Edge Zero at least as much as any other ibanez trem, if not more).
Though the quality is nowhere near, you get J custom like "features" in the Premiums. And with a little servicing, you get a guitar that will do and play like any prestige, with a lot more cool features and an interesting look.
I ve had over 250 guitars. Over 100 ibanez guitars (90% japan, mostly signatures or top of the line models).
In the last 10 years, I ve only bought one new MIJ prestige (2 RGT320QRBB). I ve bought plenty of used ones (RG770DX, jems, UVs, RG3120s, RGTs, endless RGs, Artists). But there was nothing new. I also bought a couple of J customs.
I dig the FP2 but I'm not going to shell out 4K. Same for the Jake Bowen model.
The fact that you can get Premium with a flamed top and flamed fretboard, or a burl thick top, both with a cool 11 piece neck, good quality hardware (locking tuners in a double locking guitar is an overkill, but a nice touch nontheless), and stainless steel frets, actually makes mi want at least 2 of the new Premium guitars (may be even 3), and I would definately look into a indo JBM.
THe idea that the people who buy guitars is limited to a "discerning kid" who is struggling to get the maximum quality, even though that means a stripped down bare bones, workhorse guitar, is wrong IMHO.
Most kids in that situation lack the info and awareness to make such a decistion. They want the bell and whistles. People care about looks and features. And for the rest of us, I guess it depends on each person.
I'd rather have a Jem 70 (which I like as much as any 7VWH I had), a JBM, a 1070 and a JBM or a RG6PCMLTD rather than a single FP2. But that's just me.
I definately rather have an RG1070 rather than a 1570, you get the point.
I have over 50 guitars now. I have no need for bare bones workhorses.
There's plenty of people out there who (may be dont have 50, but have 5 o 10) which are in a similar situation.
The Premium line enables Ibanez to make interesting, cool looking, feature rich guitars, at an affordable price. If it werent for the Premiums, I ve would ve completely lost interest in Ibanez guitars a long time ago.