Last week a kid I work with called me asking my advice on a new guitar purchase. He was on Musicians Friend looking for something different. He's been playing an SG copy and an Epi Les Paul for a few years.
He was looking at guitars in the $1000 range. He's really been drawn toward playing the blues lately and wanted a guitar that would accommodate that.The ones he was asking me about were the Fender American Standard Strat ($1250), the Schecter C1 FR Extreme ($1099), and the RG920M ($999). Since he's only ever played my older Ibanez guitars, he went out to try some newer ones at the local GC. Of course, our local GC only carries standard Indo's but it gave him a good chance to get the general feel of a modern Ibanez.
You KNOW I had to push him toward the 920.....LOL. I also let him on to the secret we call Ibanez Rules. Rich was able to provide a beautiful '13 920MQM in Cobalt blue. The best part is that, even with Rich's bronze package, the guitar came in at $985........... $14 less that MF and completely straightened out, intonated, cleaned, and set-up. How could you possibly ask for more???
Derek (my buddy), requested a rather high set-up because of the guitars he's use to. He likes how mine play, but he still has a hard time with a super-low setup. Regardless, this guitar play's quite smoothly. The neck has a dual finish on it. The back of the head has a gloss finish while the playing area has a super smooth satin finish. I really wish I knew the process Ibanez uses to get that satin finish....... It really does make a huge difference over even the lightest gloss finish.
I'm not going to get too into detail about the guitar because I'm hoping Derek will join Jemsite to do an NGD himself. I will say this, to those of you that have tried the Premiums and didn't like them.............I don't get it. Maybe your a lot more picky about guitars than I am?? Maybe Rich's bronze package turned a turd into a gem?....... I don't know. What I do know is that I can't think of a single reason not to want one of these. Other than the electronics (not the pups- they're just fine) this guitar is as well put together and comfortable as some of my "better" guitars and even better than some of my others. This guitar is FAR more comfortable to play than my '98 RG550. The fretwork is far better than any (factory) Wiz or Super Wiz that I've spent any time on. I don't know if Rich did any fretwork on this guitar...... If he did, he didn't leave any traces of his work. In hindsite, that wouldn't be very surprising to find out........LOL
Anyway- here are a couple of obligatory pics. If Derek joins the site, I'm sure he'll add some much better shots.