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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 10-05-2011, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
 
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Premiums Look very familar to Jcustoms - what gives?

I've seen that this part of the forum is now filled with Iby Premium threads. But I just saw the new 7 string premiums and they 'look' exactly like my 2010 JCRG8527z.

Has anyone played both the premiums and the jcustom 7's and had a chance to compare them?

I know the premiums come with a veneer top and basswood body - but the dimesions appear to be the same as the Jcustom ...

If they're close to the quality then damn - they'd be definitely worth getting for under a grande.

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post #2 of 35 (permalink) Old 10-05-2011, 12:28 AM
 
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Re: Premiums Look very familar to Jcustoms - what gives?

Yes, It is a very good value. If I wanted something like the current crop of JCs, |I would start at the Premiums. The exception would be the old more unique JCs, like the egypt
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Have a look at a premium up close. You can tell the difference in the quality of the finish. Not that they are a rubbish guitar at all either by the way. I cannot comment on the sound as I have not physically played one as yet, however you would have to make an assumption that there would / should be an improved quality of sound in the JC through improved attention to detail in the wiring build and pickup quality.

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Re: Premiums Look very familar to Jcustoms - what gives?

great playing guitars, just not into the pickups...
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Re: Premiums Look very familar to Jcustoms - what gives?

They are a poor mans J custom,good value,... but a long long way from being as good as a real J custom.
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Re: Premiums Look very familar to Jcustoms - what gives?

pickups can be swapped out.

My RG has Dimarzio CL/LF combo but my Jcustom rocks Bareknuckles.

But i really need to have a play with them. Suprised by how strikingly similar they are to a jcustom.
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Re: Premiums Look very familar to Jcustoms - what gives?

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great playing guitars, just not into the pickups...
The stock pickups in the 920QM are the best ones I've ever heard from IBZ/USA. Still--I just got a Crunch Lab and Liquifire from Larry just for this guitar. Like previously mentioned--pickups can always be swapped. While some stock pups sound decent--nothing beats a set of DiMarzios. That said, with a pickup swap--these Premiums are some of the best guitars to come from Ibanez in a long time. Sure they're not J Customs, but they don't carry the price tag either. The necks are very sweet. Great finish options. The EZII is much better than expected. I think they are well worth the dough.



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post #8 of 35 (permalink) Old 10-06-2011, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Premiums Look very familar to Jcustoms - what gives?

I just read this from the Sevenstring.org forums. Apparently rich from Ibanezrules posted this on his site:

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Ibanez introduces a new Premium line of guitars that are being built in the Jawa Timur factory in Indonesia. Before you balk at their origins, these guitars have the goods. In a joint venture, Hoshino Gaki and Fujigen have purchased a portion of this factory, sent their finest craftsman to train the employees, and several have stayed behind to oversee operations to maintain the expected high degree of quality. Premium guitars are based on J Custom quality, without the J Custom price. These guitars feature select wood, Japanese trained craftsmanship, close tolerance, neck profile like Prestige Wizard [not Wizard 2!], and Dimarzio pickups. To keep costs down they're using figured wood veneers instead of 4mm tops, so you get the high end look without the huge price tag. The new Edge Zero 2 bridge is less refined in finish than the EZ, but has the right stuff under the hood, individual knife edges pressed in the base, EZ locking studs [that I replace with Lo Pro lockers on Silver and above], the ZR-V1.1 arm holder system, and a cleaner rout behind the trem as they have removed the intonation bolt from the EZ. This trem will perform like an EZ. High end Japanese features for low end Japanese money. I have 5 on order.
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Just all go and buy a Pre 1992 and be done with it..
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Re: Premiums Look very familar to Jcustoms - what gives?

extremely curious, why pre 1992 in particular?
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It's the golden era where standard guitars spec were like today's prestege. The timber and necks were better and they basically came stock with sweet dimarzio pickups. You can pick them up for a third of the price of today's guitars.
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Re: Premiums Look very familar to Jcustoms - what gives?

I bought one Premium and loved the playability. It's well built and the neck plays like butter. I liked it so much, I bought a second Premium and loaded a set of Dimarzio D-Activators in one and a set of Crunch Lab and Liquid Fire in the other one. These are my gigging guitars now. For the money, you can't beat them. I have one Prestige and love it, but these guitars are so good, you just can't go wrong.
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Has anyone played both the premiums and the jcustom 7's and had a chance to compare them? If they're close to the quality then damn - they'd be definitely worth getting for under a grande.
Premiums normally have some issues, buy it from Rich if possible.

The finish on the body is not as thick, but the neck, tremolo and overall tone are the same IMO.

Mine sounds heavier and fuller than most basswood guitars I've tested/played/owned, as if the body was 1/3 mahogany and 2/3 basswood. Go figure.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/leandro...57628141594886
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Re: Premiums Look very familar to Jcustoms - what gives?

I love those guitars!! Your photos gave me major GAS for the Premium RG870QMZ HVV! The best looking, non custom guitar I have seen from Ibanez, EVER!! The only thing holding me back from a purchase is the stock pups they come with in europe and a bad experience from my second guitar which was an ibanez 270dx

If I were to decide, they should perfect the line for 2012 with real Dimarzios, discontinue some of the colors and introduce seethrough white and seethrough green (Like the Eriza Verde from PRS) and they're there!
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I love those guitars!! Your photos gave me major GAS for the Premium RG870QMZ HVV!
It's my main guitar now. I'm really enjoying it. If you need specific pictures, let me know.
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