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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-27-2015, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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RG1XXV to RG655M

Recently I have a RG1XXV (ordered from rich, thanks BTW). Recently I have been back looking at the newer guitars Ibanez has to offer, and I really like the 655's (not a fan of most of the colors though, would it kill them to make a white body).

So I now have the urge to contact Rich again and order a 655 (or even a 652AHM), but my main concern is, how much better will it be than my current RG? I know this is a subjective question, but I think it is a valid one.

So how much better is it? Is it the difference between a MIM strat and a Eric Johnson Signature strat?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-28-2015, 12:15 PM
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Re: RG1XXV to RG655M

IMO the difference in general between Premium and Prestige for these guitars is the difference between, say, a stock Camaro and a SS version. Same car visually and in some performance aspects but the SS Camaro has a better engine, a better suspension, better interior, better brakes... overall a better machine. Okay, that might be a bit extreme of an example but the Prestige RG655 is on-spec a performance machine with Original Edge, a Super Wizard neck, and the DiMarzio Tone Zone / True Velvet / Air Norton combo. IMO there isn't a better guitar out there at its price point.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-29-2015, 01:27 AM
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Re: RG1XXV to RG655M

I have a Premium Jem77P that I bought from Rich earlier this year for $1600, Silver Package level (IMO, you should not even shop for an Ibanez without considering this service level). Last week I received my new Prestige RG3550MZGK from Rich for $1250, same Silver Level. I play just for fun these days, but I can tell you there is a marked difference between these two guitars. The Prestige is most likely the nicest guitar I have ever owned ($1250, remember). The neck is so much thinner, the knobs, Gotoh tuners, the case....The Jem is no chump, but the Prestige blows it away. Honestly, I would trade my Jem for the Blue RG655M right now! Rich?
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-15-2016, 12:55 AM
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Re: RG1XXV to RG655M

I have a very strong opinion that the Prestige is light years away from the Premium: the craftsmanship, the pickups, the hardware. Yet the price of both series aren't very distant apart, like some Stevies' models even sport higher price tags than Prestiges like 655 and 570.
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