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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-25-2016, 04:40 AM Thread Starter
 
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New vs old Ibanez guitar

I have to get in a few days an Ibanez RG. I keep my eyes on different RG: some old (91-95) and some new (after 2010).
I generally prefer "new" guitars, and I have tried a new 652 in a store and is really a awesome guitar.

Are the old '90 guitar really better of new prestige?

Thanks for your help
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Re: New vs old Ibanez guitar

I've been playing Ibanez since 1991 and IMO some years are better than others - like wine. Lots of people will swear the early RG's are best but I think they did have some quality issues back then. The necks were sometimes prone to warp from being so thin, especially if they were maintenanced poorly over the years. I didn't like the plastic pickup rings on the early RG570's. Finish wise I think early RG's (late 80's to early 90's) were best. Late 90's had the Super Wizard with the bubinga stripe, one of the best necks IMO, but the paint finish/adhesion late 90's to very early 00's was crap. The Prestige line seems best to me overall. Non-locking studs on the Edge Pro guitars were a point of contention but everything Prestige now has the Original Edge (or LoPro on 7's) so it's all good now.
I would say the 652 you tried is best. And IMO fixed bridge RG's can't be beat.
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Re: New vs old Ibanez guitar

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I've been playing Ibanez since 1991 and IMO some years are better than others - like wine. Lots of people will swear the early RG's are best but I think they did have some quality issues back then. The necks were sometimes prone to warp from being so thin, especially if they were maintenanced poorly over the years. I didn't like the plastic pickup rings on the early RG570's. Finish wise I think early RG's (late 80's to early 90's) were best. Late 90's had the Super Wizard with the bubinga stripe, one of the best necks IMO, but the paint finish/adhesion late 90's to very early 00's was crap. The Prestige line seems best to me overall. Non-locking studs on the Edge Pro guitars were a point of contention but everything Prestige now has the Original Edge (or LoPro on 7's) so it's all good now.
I would say the 652 you tried is best. And IMO fixed bridge RG's can't be beat.
Thanks my friend!! I appreciate a lot your help!
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