Need help! Is my Ibanez Prestige defective??
Hello everyone. First time poster here, but I have been playing Ibanez guitars since my first RG550 in 1987.
Anyway, I now have an Ibanez Prestige RGA121NTF. It is a "Team J Craft" guitar, which is suppossed to be a good thing I suppose...
It is this guitar here:
*I can't post links yet, but you can easily google it.
Anyway, I brought it today to a local luthier to have new pups installed (Evo 2 and Air Norton). The guy called me and told me that there was a problem. He said the guitar would not intonate properly because the bridge saddles on the Gibraltar Plus bridge would not go back far enough to get the low A and E strings in tune. He said he took the entire bridge apart and everything on the guitar is fine. His only explanation was that Ibanez set the bridge too close to the neck.
Now, I have never even heard of this before and I mean this is a guitar straight from the factory and I am assuming eveything is computer controlled so this would not occur. But this luthier is really good and I trust his judgement (to a degree).
This is all very upsetting and I have no idea what do do. There is no easy solution here. I guess I am just looking for input or advice. I asked him if a new bridge could be installed and he said not really because it is routed into the body. He said my only option would be to reset the neck a bit further from the body, but this would involve redrilling the neck holes and seems a bit risky to me.
On a side note, this guy is a freak about tuning and intonation and uses a Peterson strobe tuner to tune and intonate. I asked if he was just being too fussy with the intonation and he said no, it was pretty off and he was surprised because he was always impressed with Ibanez guitars.
Last edited by stargate; 02-05-2010 at 09:51 PM.