Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Central Coast California
Re: Am I foolish to want to get an Ibanez Prestige!?
I just bought a new S570. I do not own any other Ibanez guitars, but I do own several $3000+ guitars. This Ibanez is damn good and compares to these higher priced guitars from a fit and finish standpoint. The action is pretty low from the factory and I can get it very, very low with a little work (very little). The frets are nice and only ned a little (again very little) work to make them perfect. You can alway take it to a "good" luthier and have them spend a little time and a couple hundred buck to make it a "prestige". Both will probalby need new pickups, if you are picky about that.
I think you have three best options given the fact that this is only your second guitar, you have little money, and assuming that you are sold on the general feel of an Ibanez.
1. Buy an indo model, play it for a while, make sure you like it and it is hear to stay for the long haul, then upgrade the pickup and/or have it cleaned up by a luthier (not a tech).
2. Buy a Premuim from Ibenez Rules with the best level of setup that you can afford.
3. Go to Musicians Friend and search RG2550E, a Prestige for $699, if they ever come back in stock.