GASsing for 'S' Prestige... New Korean or old Jap?
Okay, so the title pretty much sums it up. I'm dead set on getting an S Prestige. I am only inches away from pulling the trigger on a brand-new S2170FB. I have played this guitar, and aside from the pickups (which I think are decent), I fell in love with this guitar. It seemed well-built - selector switch was quiet, tuning keys were smooth, and the ZR trem was awesome!
A brand-new guitar appeals to me mainly from two standpoints: I will be the one and only owner, and I can take advantage of the warranty. Both points make me feel very comfortable in spending $1200, which I don't mind spending at all.
HOWEVER... I keep hearing that the new S Prestige guitars are complete junk compared to their older Japanese counterparts. I have never played a Jap Prestige, so I have no basis for comparison. I have seen several of these guitars up for auction, but I almost don't have the patience to endure a bid war. Plus, I don't really know where the guitar has been, and of course, no warranty.
So what would be your advice on this? Are the Korean guitars simply not as nice as the Japanese? I have an RGT42 that is every bit as nice as any Japanese RG that I have played, especially since I changed the trem, tuning keys, and pickups. So is it a hardware issue?
It's not just a matter of saving money... It's a matter of being confident and comfortable with a purchase. Anyone who has owned or has had experience with both guitars, please comment!