I am thinking about ordering a J-Custom RG 8527 from Ishibashi, but there are some questions I have. Iīd be glad if you guys could help me with those questions:
1.) Where does the 8527 stand qualitywise? Well it is a J-Custom so it is supposed to be of great quality, but how is it compared to some other high-end Ibanez guitars lets say like the RG 3120 which seems to be very well liked? The 8527 is quite a bit cheaper than some "normal" RGs. So whatīs the point?
2.) Iīve read some complaints about the stock pickups. I think I would put in the TZ and AN combo into a 8527. Has anybody made good/bad experiences with a mahagony bodies 7-string Ibanez and the pickups I mentioned?
3.) How can I imagine the neckīs shape? Recently I played a RGT 2020 SOL and this was the best Ibanez neck Iīve ever played! Does the 8527īs neck come close to such a neck? Or is it more like those ultra-thin wizard necks? Or how is it compared to a UV neck?
4.) Whatīs your opinion on the fact that the 8527 comes with a mahagony body? Some people say that mahagony gives you a fatter/warmer sound than other sorts of wood, which is what I want. On the other side, mahagony is said to produce a lees transparent and muddy sound.
5.) I know, it has been discussed quite a lot, but what about the rumors that Ibanez will disontinue all J-Customs? Actually there are only 3 J-Cs available right now. Iīm not into J-Cs for a very long time, but I think there used to be way more, right?
6.) My last question concerns the maple top:
How reliable is Ibanez when it comes to wood patterns? I mean how big is my chance to get a very nice flamed maple top? This issue is propably the one that makes me most scared about ordering the 8527.
Some years ago I ordered a Peavey Wolfgang Standard. At that time (early 1999) the Wolfgang was supposed to have a quilted top, but when I finally got the guitar just had a medium flamed top. As you can imagine, I was not that happy!
I have saved money very hard in the last couple of months and so I donīt want to get a maple top which looks like a window frame, if you know what I mean
Koichi is not very helpful with this issue. Well, I must say there is not much he could do for me, because they donīt have them is stock, Iīd have to wait 2-3 months!
What do you guys suggest that I could do to make it a bit more sure that I will get a nice maple top? Maybe contact Ibanez? I could try this, but would be a one way road I think
Well, as you can see, lots of question. I hope you can find some time to answer them....
Thanks in advance