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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-29-2012, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
 
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ngd- sexy sabre

Confession time......
I've always been a bit of a guitar snob. I've been very lucky with my purchases and I own some very nice instruments. I'm a player (not a collector) and have always played the instruments before I've handed over the cash so I get a good sounding and playing instrument.
My prestige RG has been downtuned to Eb to suit certain songs in my band so I was looking for another locking trem guitar to keep in standard tuning. I didn't want to pay a lot, but wasn't sure if I would like the feel of a cheaper guitar
Anyway, having trawled the net for guitar shops that may have ibanez in stock within a few hours drive I set off with a pocket full of cash. I tried an S420 along side S970cw an S770fm and a couple of premium Rgs. They were all great guitars and I was very tempted by the s970 and I liked the look of the binding and top on the 770 (although it should have a gloss finish imo) but the 420 was great. I kept going back to it, the finish is beautiful and no pic I've seen does it justice. The neck felt a little thicker than the other guitars, but certainly not chunky like the necks on my Fenders and Gibson guitars (I generally like thick necks). The sound was a little better and had a certain tightness on the premium rgs I tried, but I really liked the sound of this S420. It had a price of 375. I got the guitar, two packs of new strings and a center pocket fender hard case for 400.
I'm a very happy bunny



I've replaced the strings, removed the zero point thingy, lowered the action a bit (now 1.5mm and no fret buzz) could perhaps go lower but I'm happy and I lemon oiled the board as it looked really dry, its come up beautifully and I love the lack of position markers!



This is a guitar icon, why Ibanez don't use this on their higher end stuff, I don't know. I love the prestige RG I've got, but I wish it had the tick logo. Look at the way Fender use their 'spagetti' logo as a selling point, don't know why Ibanez don't do this.


So I'm no longer a guitar snob (hurrah!) at least guitar collecting got a great deal cheaper!
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-29-2012, 04:51 PM
 
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Re: ngd- sexy sabre

nice! do you plan on keeping it stock? In the 1st pick is that a scratch by thin input or just a reflection?
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-29-2012, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: ngd- sexy sabre

At the moment I'll keep it stock, but a pickup swap could be on the cards, got to sort the pickups on my RG first
Its not a scratch, but it does look like it doesn't it, its a reflection of some trim on the case.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-30-2012, 01:25 PM
 
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Re: ngd- sexy sabre

Hey that looks great

What model is it?


edit.... please excuse my stupidity
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-02-2012, 05:00 PM
 
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Re: ngd- sexy sabre

Cool one...congrats!
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