Re: RG655 or RG652AHM?
Prestiges are really good for their money. Of the brands/guitars you mentioned, Suhr will have the best fit/finish/build, no doubt. Price reflects that though, as they cost much more than Prestige. At least here in Canada. Followed by the others.. I don't really have experience with USA Jackson so I can't comment, but I don't really have much interest. I would guess they're above Prestige, but I'd love to learn more about the issues that Stealth and Rich are referring to.
I'd say today's EBMM JPs are little above today's Prestige in build quality / quality control. There's so many JP models though. I find the JP6/7 are quite similar to Prestige in specs and finishing. They're quite bare. Biggest difference is they have SS frets and piezo though. SS frets are a deal breaker for many. I think I'd have a Prestige over a JP6 though because I like how they play and look more.
There's also so many BFR / anniversary JP models, which are the one's I'd put above today's Prestige in terms of quality. Feel and playability is subjective so I would recommend comparing if you can. I own a JP15, and it's great.. Feels more boutique-ish compared to Prestige. I'd say more comparable to my J Customs rather than Prestige. Which would be understandable given the massive price difference between a JP15 and Prestige here in Canada. Aside from the JP15, my other guitars are RGs... I like the JP15 bc it's different - SS frets, roasted maple neck, piezo, non double-locking trem. I should note, although I got the JP15 used, it has a tool mark on the fretboard and some tiny pimples in the finish (a few on body and 1 or 2 on headstock). Not a big deal bc of the deal I got, but unacceptable if buying brand new.. They're quite expensive. I've never really seen tool marks on any Prestige or JC.
The 655 and 652 will be identical in quality. Preference will likely be the deciding factor here... in aesthetics and pickup configuration for the most part.
Last edited by Steveche; 04-14-2017 at 03:15 PM.