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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-02-2017, 01:01 AM Thread Starter
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(Prestige)RG652KFX Feedback/Info/Tips/Advice/QC

"short" backstory: I recently discovered a lefty specialist dealer with a stock (5) of these guitars in left-handed version. As I'm obviously not familiar at all with the inner workings of Ibanez on a dealer level, I had always basically assumed that if I wanted a lefty ibanez, my options were limited to what was listed on their website. Apparently it's not "quite" the case, and the guitar I want DOES exist! Read on

I'm soliciting any and all first (or second-, or third- ) -hand knowledge/experience anyone has with RG652KFX. Construction, wood types plus/deltas, neck, body, neck pocket issues (? read some vague references to some cracking or something there on this model), etc.

This is mainly just curiosity and placebo effect, as I know QC is basically a total gamble and unless someone like "that famous Rich guy" who may have potentially had dozens or more of these guitars pass through their hands, noticed any pattern, hearing online testimonials isn't going to impact how well these 5 guitars (that this dealer evidently ordered as a special run) may or may not have been built and finished.

"why not just buy that nebula green RG, rich has some right now?", ehhh, not into it. Tempted, especially knowing I could confidently get a solid guitar out of it, but I just don't want that one (and if it's that or another manufacturer, I'm really not an "ibanez guy" so I don't care enough).

In the name of brevity, I won't delve deeply into what I don't want or why, but the list includes:
--not the mikro
--no monkey grip
--not that PS120L, meh

As you can see, that basically eliminates the normal production-run leftys.

So, when I stumbled on the possibility of a lefty RG652KFX, I was very intrigued.

I'm not in a position to personally check any of these guitars (in a strange twist of fate of course, the shop in question is about 30 minutes from where I used to live, years ago).

My question for you Ibanez pros is: What experience does anyone have with this guitar? I'm interested in QC and such, not tone/sound/etc. I'm wondering if I should take the plunge and hope for the best--on the one hand, if he has a stock of 5, maybe I have a decent chance at a solid guitar and if not, try return for a swap?

On the other hand, it's probably likely (guaranteed even, amirite ) that all 5 are flawed in *some* way, just a matter of getting one with the best/most manageable flaws, and without a pro on the other end to do an ibanezrules!!-type treatment, it'd be pure luck at getting the rejection-worthy one vs. the "not perfect but passable" ones vs. the "wow this one is almost perfect" one.

That said, I have some faith of course that this guy knows his ****, and he's really into providing leftys with access to guitars (and obviously has a lot of motivation to sell great guitars), but at the same time, if he talked Ibanez into a special order of lefty guitars and they delivered, was he really into a position to reject any?

Maybe the answer is easy, but I'm really clueless on this sort of thing. This I'd love to hear some feedback on as well from some vendor--is it likely that they maybe put a little extra effort into finishing these guitars? Or the opposite even? (maybe ibanez was like sure, give us your money, but we couldn't care less about your stupid lefty dreams) If some were rejection-worthy would he refuse just 1 or 3 or send all back?

I know, I know! These are questions I need to ask this dealer and this dealer alone, but before I get there maybe someone here has some input . Cuz if the "ibanez guys" here have some negative stuff on this guitar, it's really not worth pursuing any more--I don't have the time during business hours to actually talk on the phone with the dealer and emailing isn't my ideal format to ask "hey, can you pick the best one of those 5 guitars to sell me? thx! btw, if i dont like it can i send it back and you give me another one that's better"

Any recommendations? I'm not in a "huge" dilemma (despite what the huge textwall would have you believe--I just talk/type alot ) because I'm not really like OMG I NEED AN IBANEZ AND THIS IS THE ONLY OPTION WHAT DO I DO!!! (plan A was always get a more boutique-custom lefty that 100% checks my boxes anyway)

At the same time, the more I look at this thing, the more I want it , and it almost seems "too good to pass up"--the option to get basically exactly what I want (checking ALMOST all my boxes) from an ibanez after I previously thought it was a lost cause. Meant to be?! Or "meh it's not even that pretty or that great of a guitar, screw it"

Sorry for the length and thanks for reading if you managed to stick through it.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-02-2017, 01:17 AM
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Re: (Prestige)RG652KFX Feedback/Info/Tips/Advice/QC

xtreme lefty?

They would have had to order 12 minimum. I don't think anybody has ever posted here about dealing with them. I can see that they do not show pictures of every guitar so most likely it's the next box on the stack, so while there's 5 left it probably hasn't been picked over, but also means tech is probably a crapshoot. The model in right is also on the chopping block as they start to transition away from problematic rosewood, and he has them on sale because he's had them a few years, and still has 5 left. Actually I'm jealous because that means he actually sold 7 of them, but when you have a nice specialty niche you can attract the right clients, and while I thought the KKB was going to be the hit when introduced, it was actually the AHM which I've sold 4 for every KKB. 29-8, old number from the old folder before I started putting images on an htm pages.

He's got the KFX though which is a hardtail, I thought that was on your no list?
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-02-2017, 02:46 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, sorry that "no-list" was worded a bit poorly. I meant I *do* want hardtail.

(otherwise the AHML was *almost* tempting enough to contact you over--but in the end..do I? I don't? need another maple neck trem guitar--worlds apart from a strat, of course, in all the ways that matter--but blah, I really want(ed) my next purchase to be hardtail.

Why? Honestly, prolly lingering crappy feeling dating back to early strat days about annoyance/hassle for something I really don't use or care for...eh, maybe the ibanez would change my mind...but it's a tough sell to convince myself to go for it. Maybe/probably I just need to get over it and stop being a baby)

Aside from the trem, it's not a color that really makes me salivate (If it was just one thing or the other I'd be a lot more into it--hardtail of that color, or locking of diff color--my brain made a little thing about both I guess).

To be fair, a few weeks ago after more youtubing, I decided that pics don't really do the either the color itself, or the color scheme "feel" in general, any justice...in videos I watched it looks way better and I'm sure in person it would be somewhere on the spectrum of "hmm, not bad actually" <--> "heh that's actually hawtt"
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All the Koa topped RG652's I've seen in person have looked excellent - bar one that was terribly pale, as do the AHM's. The only thing I have noticed with the RG652's is that the neck pockets gaps seem generally larger than on any RG655's I've come across. I think I've seen around 9 RG652's now and only 1 had a snug neck fit, the others all had very visible gaps. Purely cosmetic of course and I believe within the expected tolerances of 0.5mm per side. I wonder if its because the body isn't painted.
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