My RG3120 - A big disappointment
A little long but here is my 3120 story
Maybe I brought this on myself by ordering an RG3120 from an internet music store but I really didn't think it would be like this.
I got the 3120 and when I got it out of the box, the setup was terrible. This was expected since it came from a warehouse and I planned to put on 10's instead of the stock 9's so that was no problem. Although I am familair with setting up ibanez guitars with the lo-trs trem, I decided that I better get as much info on this particular guitar and the trem which I didn't know much about. I took in so much info. from this site along with Rich's Ibanez Rules site (thanks guys), that I felt good and excited to take on this guitar. I even went back and took apart a couple of old Ibanez guitars and gave them new strings and a complete setup with success.
I proceeded in my attempts to get this guitar to play like the 3120 I loved in the music store but was unsuccessful. I must have spent countless hours and several different attempts to get this thing right but I just couldn't - frets were buzzing like crazy and it just didn't feel good.
I called upon a highly recommended and regarded luthier to handle this guitar that I just couldn't figure out. After working with the guitar, he brought me in to have a look. He had the same problems as me, the guitar was fretting out everywhere. He pointed out that the frets were not seated properly and raised up from the neck, most notably at the 12th fret. He showed with his level, the difference between some of the frets, how some were really high and others were really low.
Basically, he told me that a good portion of the neck will require fretwork and that would be all we could do to make this guitar play properly. Now I understand that this will be warranty work but the fact that I have to have this done to a brand new guitar is very disappointing! Even worse, this guitar carries the "Prestige" badge which is supposed to mean this is a "top of the line" guitar bringing high quality, especially in the guitar neck.
Did I just get a lemon that will never be right or could this happen to any guitar if it is stuck in a warehouse for an extended period of time? Does anybody have any other ideas or recommendations? I really love Ibanez guitars and love my RG421 but this is crazy.