Ibanez Prestige Build Issues
Well, I am finally the owner of an Ibanez RG2570E. I just wanted to share some very disturbing things I noticed during my shopping experience.
The guitar I bought came with a neck that was not proerly aligned. When looking straight at the guitar, the neck angles to the right, so that the thin E string is closer to the edge of the fingerboard than the low-E. Looking at the back of the guitar, the neck screws were already almost all the way over to one side, so it looks like the holes were drilled off by a couple of millimeters. The guitar tech was able to completely straighten the neck, as the screws had a bit of room left to move around, but I was shocked to see this much variance. Eventually, I kept the guitar because it was completely virgin, and because the rest of the Prestiges at the shop had far worse issues.
Another RG2570E also had a mis-aligned neck, and looked like it had been played on. The neck pocket looked like it was not as tight as the one I bought.
I asked to see an RG2550, and the only one they had was made in 2004, so no bound fingerboard. I took a look at the edge of the fingerboard and was horrified. It was rough, bumpy, and looked like someone gnawed it into shape. My $150 Epi had a better looking fingerboard.
Dejected, I asked to see an RG1570. This one was made in mid 2006. The blue finish was awesome, my heart moved. But the fingerboard was of similar poor quality as the RG2550 - edges were rough, bumpy, and not smooth at all.
Both the RG2550 and the RG1570 looked like no one had ever played on them, so these are not damaged instruments. I doubt they are fakes as this was in a large authorized Ibanez dealer.
I am not asking for much here - I know that the 1570/2570/2550 are not the high end prestige guitars. They are meant as utilitarian guitars with not much flash but a lot of performance, offering solid fundamentals. But I think a smoothly finished fingerboard is rather important for playability. These are afterall expensive instruments.