Re: Prestige vs. Normal Ibanez guitars
I've been playing guitar for 17+ years now. I've played and owned several guitars, ranging from the bottom of the barrel Mako, to a Custom Shop Fender Strat. A couple of years ago, I bought an Ibanez S (can't remember which model) from Musicians Friend. When I first got it, I didn't have the time to really pick it up and play it, I just took it out of the case and gave it a look over and everything seemed fine. A couple of weeks later, I decided to play it, and lo and behold, the neck was warped to hell and back.
Needless to say, I was rather ticked off, so I called MF and asked for them to replace it. They gave me the run around, and wouldn't honor their return policy, and told me I'd have to take it to an "Authorised Dealer" to have it replaced. Well, that didn't make any sense at all, but I contacted the local dealer anyway, and they told me that they couldn't do anything with it, since I didn't buy it there, but they hooked me up with the number to Hoshino USA.
The fine folks at Hoshino went completely out of thier way to help me out. They even went as far as letting me exchange the defective "S" for a 1570 Prestige. Ever since then I have been a born again Prestige junkie. I have never, I repeat NEVER played a more finely crafted instrument. The neck feels and plays like warm butter in my hand. And the tone was more than acceptable for stock pickups.
Comapring the Prestige models with cheaper models is a lot like comapring a Volkeswagon with a Porche. You can keep the VW. I'll stick with the Porche, thank you.