Re: Has anyone tried the new RG3520Z Prestige?
Hey man! I wanted to tell you about my first endorsement guitar I just got in the mail the other day from Ibanez. I have ideas for my first LA Custom Shop guitar BUT due to price (serious ouch….) it will have to wait just a little. SOoooo I got a RG Prestige 3520ZHBK. I am not a neck through kinda guy otherwise I would have gone for the RGT320ZRS.
This guitar is one of the most incredibly well put together Ibanez guitars that I have ever owned. Have you ever picked up a guitar and it just felt solid? The only other Ibanez I have ever had that was like this is my 1993 JEM7VWH. The attention to detail is amazing. If you have been pondering on this guitar, take my word you will NOT be disappointed!
The only thing I will be doing is changing the fretboard. We are taking the rosewood board off and putting an ebony board on. Then I am using the Evo gold fretwire. It is a copper alloy that has been used for years in the optical industry. It contains no nickel and therefore meets the ”nickel free” European standard. It stands the test of time and will really dress up the guitar. With a Vicker’s hardness of HV5/250, it is harder than nickel/silver wire (HV5/200), but softer than the stainless (HV5/300). This wire is not plated; it is gold all the way through and retains the gold color once the frets are dressed.
On to the inlays..... an “Eye of Ra” symbol will cover the 12th and 13th frets and will be made of gold mirror. Then starting on the 24th fret going to the 1st fret (everywhere there would be a dot) you will see more and more of a scarab that is crawling out from under the fretwire until you reach the 1st fret where you see the entire scarab. The scarab inlays will be made of flamed maple wood that will match the “faux” binding around the body (where they taped the flamed maple off and stained the rest of the body).
So anyhow I just thought I would share. I was pretty excited to get my first guitar from Ibanez in the mail and everything. And HOLY COW has anyone messed with the Edge Zero trem? The thing comes with a pretty intimidating instruction manual but once you realize what it is capable of its just amazing!!! I am still working on figuring out how to set it up. Lol
Anyhow guys keep rockin’!!