Re: Prestige Quality means leveled frets/no fret buzz?
Maybe I'm not asking the right questions?
But I really thank you guys for coming in to answer
People keep telling me to sell my brand new guitar,
but it seems you guys all agree that no matter what guitar I buy, it's gonna need some work.
So it seems to me, that whatever guitar I buy, I should expect some work.
I have an LTD Jh600, MIK (Retail $999) in which I bought new mint from a guitar shop owner . $425, and I expected that it would need work. Although he said there was no problems.
But it does
1. Fretwork, it seems no fret is level, probably half of them are off (But the eye says it looks perfectly crowned)
2. No sustain on G string , half of the other strings.
3. No tuning stability (Can play 2 songs before I need to retune it)
A month later, I had a setup with an at home luthier , who made it worse by putting in a paper shim (his own business card) I couldn't even play a single 4 string barre chord, so I ripped it out. I had to reintonate the guitar, the strings were not intonating etc. But those things I already fixed on my own.
He just ate up my money and said go get it done somewhere else and he'd pay half the difference.
Likely the other luthier I talked to who actually built the prototype JEM (Soest) can fix all the problems for roughly $200, but a little less confident on tuning stability since he's not fond of Kahlers.
If it costs the same no matter what ($200 for any kind of fret level/polish from minor to major) in my area, then what makes a guitar a prestige?
I'm trying to justify buying a over $1000 retail guitar vs a midrange one .
Where is the threshold that a guitar only needs a basic setup to play with decently low action and without repairs? Does it start at USA made customs? Or does it start at RG550s?
I think Frets are the king of all the guitars quality on checklist. If you can't get your frets leveled, crowned then u can't get low action and have to settle for subpar playability or deal with bad sustain and fret buzz.
Next, its the neck and heel. Then the weight balance.
Fortunately, I know Ibanez takes great effort in it's neck and heel. My guitar is weighing in at 9lbs! So getting an Ibanez would really relieve me.