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post #1 of 60 (permalink) Old 05-10-2010, 04:03 AM Thread Starter
 
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Many people in this forum say that ibanez are going down in quality,cheap out etc.I was wondering if there is a difference between a 2008 prestige and 2010 prestige (except for removal of TJC stamps..i just hate that they looked good)
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From the guitars I have seen so far in my pals shop I have to say, that I think the worst is over and quality is getting better again.
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From the guitars I have seen so far in my pals shop I have to say, that I think the worst is over and quality is getting better again.
how about early 2008 quality?I bought a RG1570(which is ****ing awesome!)and it is made in 2008..and from most of the posts I read "what I hate about Ibanez" thread the quality is going down???
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Re: Ibanez 2008 vs 2010 quality? Is there a difference

I have an RGA321F made in 2008 and it has the best quality I've seen on any guitar.

No difference in between the new 2010 models, all of the Prestige models come from the same factory (Fujigen) and made by the same staff.

EDIT : To the OP, I don't think you have to worry about the quality too much. Fujigen is a reputable factory, and I'm willing to bet the quality is way better than Fenders or Gibsons or even Japanese Schecters made by a different Japanese factory (I own one). They're precision instruments! Just play your guitar and don't worry about the small details

I think most of the hate comes from the new Edge Zero bridge (do a search on it). I used to be skeptical but after trying a few at stores, they're perfectly well made, serves it's purpose well and has plenty of innovations to reduce the weaknesses of a locking trem, and I'm looking forward to buying an RG2770Z with the EZ.

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<pops open a soda and awaits Rich to chime in on the annual declining quality issues of Prestige Ibanez guitars>
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I know this; Ibanez fans around here have a higher standard about what they consider acceptable quality. I have a 2008 Ibanez I bought as-is from a big name music store. If that guitar is an example of slipping quality, you should see some of the Gibsons and Fenders hanging on the wall.
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I have a 2008 Ibanez I bought as-is from a big name music store. If that guitar is an example of slipping quality, you should see some of the Gibsons and Fenders hanging on the wall.
Touche'!!!!
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I have an 06 Universe, 2 x 08 J-Customs and an 09 J-Custom. They are all great. No issues.
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Touche'!!!!
They're not bad, but they have little flaws that would probably make a guy like Rich send them back to the factory. Really, in all honesty, the Fenders I've see are fine. The Gibsons are the ones you have to look at.

Say you had $1000 to spend. I have a feeling that Ibanez views the $1000 price point differently than Gibson. You could get an RG1550 and probably have a guitar that is just as good at an RG2xxx or RG3xxx. You essentially have the SAME guitar. The price difference and trim levels are not drastically different. This is not how Gibson does things.
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Quality may be better in 10 than it was in 08', when I get a fresh made 1550 in I'll know. Quality took a big dive when the maple board Prestige came out, they had very little fret end and board edge finishing, and I'm sorry, those were the main selling points of what made a guitar "Prestige". Those quality points had been dropping since the high in 2003 or so but had reached a bottom in 08' with the 1550's I received that year having zero fret end or board edge work. I won't consider those guitars Prestige at all. Rosewood board guitars I've gotten in are right about the same as 08', which is ironically back to the level where it started, 98'/99'.
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Quality may be better in 10 than it was in 08', when I get a fresh made 1550 in I'll know. Quality took a big dive when the maple board Prestige came out, they had very little fret end and board edge finishing, and I'm sorry, those were the main selling points of what made a guitar "Prestige". Those quality points had been dropping since the high in 2003 or so but had reached a bottom in 08' with the 1550's I received that year having zero fret end or board edge work. I won't consider those guitars Prestige at all. Rosewood board guitars I've gotten in are right about the same as 08', which is ironically back to the level where it started, 98'/99'.

**** ...my guitar is made in 2008!!is it that bad...I bought it just a week ago I can return it I think....oh man now I feel horrible
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**** ...my guitar is made in 2008!!is it that bad...I bought it just a week ago I can return it I think....oh man now I feel horrible
Why don't you tell us?
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Why don't you tell us?
mmm...tell what??? ya I know I am retardedsad:
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Rosewood board guitars I've gotten in are right about the same as 08', which is ironically back to the level where it started, 98'/99'.
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So if, I'm reading that right, you're saying that the Rosewood fretboards are top quality?
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