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post #31 of 44 (permalink) Old 03-09-2007, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Help me decide between these two guitars.

Well, I bought the S1520. It ships on Monday!

I'll let you know how it plays when I get it.
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post #32 of 44 (permalink) Old 03-10-2007, 02:14 PM
 
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Re: Help me decide between these two guitars.

Good buy, man! Between the two you mentioned, I definitely think you made the right choice, although I was going to suggest the S1625 so you could have a Prestige Wizard neck AND a ZR trem - Best of both worlds, IMO:



I had to look long and hard for mine. I'm glad I picked it up when I did.
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Re: Help me decide between these two guitars.

1520... big suprise.

Says alot about Ibanez's recent/current S offerings.
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post #34 of 44 (permalink) Old 03-10-2007, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Help me decide between these two guitars.

Eh, the S1520 will do. I'm just not a big fan of the figured bubinga thing - I'd much rather have a plain dark brown wood top, like that S1625 or the S1220.

I might even refinish it. Though that'd be silly.
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Good buy, man! Between the two you mentioned, I definitely think you made the right choice, although I was going to suggest the S1625 so you could have a Prestige Wizard neck AND a ZR trem - Best of both worlds, IMO:



I had to look long and hard for mine. I'm glad I picked it up when I did.
ZR Trem? *ohhhh* I haven't seen that before. I'll have to check that out.
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post #36 of 44 (permalink) Old 03-16-2007, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Help me decide between these two guitars.

Finally arrived.















This thing is just plain awesome.
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post #37 of 44 (permalink) Old 03-16-2007, 06:39 PM
 
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Re: Help me decide between these two guitars.

Congratz

So, are you happy with the choice then??
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post #38 of 44 (permalink) Old 03-16-2007, 06:44 PM
 
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Re: Help me decide between these two guitars.

S1520...Hands Down! Throw some new pickups in it, and a a setup, you got an amazing player!
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post #39 of 44 (permalink) Old 03-16-2007, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
 
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Congratz

So, are you happy with the choice then??
Very happy. I was initially kind of skeptical (before it arrived) and was tempted to try and swap it for something else, but when it arrived. Damn.

I'm contemplating refitting it with stuff - for one, replacing all the worn cosmo hardware with chrome or nickel stuff. Also, new pickups.

Has anyone tried the Rio Grande Crunchbox or Punchbox? I like the look of them, and from what I've heard they sound really good, too.
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post #40 of 44 (permalink) Old 03-18-2007, 02:48 AM
 
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Re: Help me decide between these two guitars.

Damn, dude. You lucked out on the figuring on that top. Beautiful..
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post #41 of 44 (permalink) Old 03-26-2007, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Help me decide between these two guitars.

Well, right now I'm kind of arguing with myself whether I should keep the S1520 (in which case I'll be doing a lot of mods to it) or sell it to get another guitar. I've been eyeing more simple, low-maintenance stuff without trems, like Gibson LP Studios and such.

If I do keep it, I plan to kit it out, though. Get it refinished in vintage/tobacco burst (the orangey plain top and gloss finish just isn't doing it for me), fit new chrome hardware, and put in new pups since I'm not particularly inspired by the present ones - they're good, but not great. I was thinking a PAF Joe for the neck and Breed Neck for the bridge.

Any opinions?
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post #42 of 44 (permalink) Old 03-26-2007, 06:10 PM
 
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That's a nice guitar with crappy pups. IMHO.

The trem thing is no big deal once you get the hang of it. Appearance is subjective. Still a darn nice guitar. I think you will be sorry if you let it go.
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Well, right now I'm kind of arguing with myself whether I should keep the S1520 (in which case I'll be doing a lot of mods to it) or sell it to get another guitar. I've been eyeing more simple, low-maintenance stuff without trems, like Gibson LP Studios and such.

If I do keep it, I plan to kit it out, though. Get it refinished in vintage/tobacco burst (the orangey plain top and gloss finish just isn't doing it for me), fit new chrome hardware, and put in new pups since I'm not particularly inspired by the present ones - they're good, but not great. I was thinking a PAF Joe for the neck and Breed Neck for the bridge.

Any opinions?
Quite frankly, I think you don't like that guitar at all. It all seems like. You had it back for sale two days after you purchased it since you'd gotten a PRS (?) and now you're looking to strip it down to the bone to rebuild it in a completely different fashion.

Don't know my friend, do yourself a favor and evaluate well all the options before you embark on something for which you'll be cashing out a lot of time and money, may be even regretting it in the end.

One last question: Do you really like the feel and sound of the guitar? If you do, then it may be worth it, if not quite convinced it is something great, then you're probably better off thinking about getting something you may like better right off the gate.

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post #44 of 44 (permalink) Old 03-27-2007, 01:43 AM Thread Starter
 
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Quite frankly, I think you don't like that guitar at all. It all seems like. You had it back for sale two days after you purchased it since you'd gotten a PRS (?) and now you're looking to strip it down to the bone to rebuild it in a completely different fashion.

Don't know my friend, do yourself a favor and evaluate well all the options before you embark on something for which you'll be cashing out a lot of time and money, may be even regretting it in the end.

One last question: Do you really like the feel and sound of the guitar? If you do, then it may be worth it, if not quite convinced it is something great, then you're probably better off thinking about getting something you may like better right of the gate.
I know it's expensive to mod things, and lowers their resale value, which is why I asked. I eventually decided out of the PRS, since it wasn't my style (even if the price was pretty good).

I'm just not used to the trem and neck - I keep bending the low E string all the way off the neck while playing, even though it's the best feeling neck I've ever had. And the trem is great, but it just makes it hard for alternate tunings, and I don't have the budget for two guitars. I'd get a SA or RGA, but I don't like the look of the SA headstock - I might consider an RGA, though. Or just get a tremol-no, if they're all that they can do.

I'm just worried that if I keep this 'if it's not inspiring, sell it' attitude I'll never find a guitar I can like enough to keep and mod. The feel is great, but if I could sell it for what I'm asking I could get a Gibson LP Studio Lite which looks real neat and I've been eyeing for a while - my only concern with that is how heavy it'd be compared to the S, and the brokerage costs (god damn canadian customs).

Does anyone have any experience with tremol-nos? If they really do work well, and if the guys who enquired don't get back to me, I might just keep the thing and fit one in so it can serve as a fixed bridge guitar when I want to play drop D or stuff.
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