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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 08-01-2007, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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Prestige S's from Japan?

The one thing I'd really like to see from Ibanez is some new made in Japan Prestige S guitars.

The current crop of Korean Prestige S guitars just don't seem to be as awesome as the ones made in Japan around 2000 to 2004.

I would like to see a neck thru Prestige S with a lower profile version of the ZR tremolo, and a generally sleeker body.

Other appointments such as body and/or neck binding, maple or ebony fretboards, unusual fretboard inlays, exotic woods or even a more uncommon pickup choice would also make such a guitar more desirable.

I am absolutely certain that there are many Ibanez fans out there that would love to get their hands on a new MIJ Prestige S.

I understand that many of the features I have mentioned do appear on J-Custom models, but I would love to see some of them trickle down to the Prestige models, which are much more widely available to those of us outside Japan.

Thankyou Ibanez for making great guitars, and...

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post #2 of 43 (permalink) Old 08-01-2007, 07:01 PM
 
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Re: Prestige S's from Japan?

NEVER gonna happen
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post #3 of 43 (permalink) Old 08-02-2007, 03:00 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Prestige S's from Japan?

I know, but i'm in denial
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post #4 of 43 (permalink) Old 08-02-2007, 04:43 AM
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NEVER gonna happen
Arent people yapping about the 24 fret S that may or may not be released at Namm being MIJ?

Just a thought.
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post #5 of 43 (permalink) Old 08-02-2007, 12:04 PM
 
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Re: Prestige S's from Japan?

I dont' even think there will be a 24 fret S.
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post #6 of 43 (permalink) Old 08-02-2007, 03:55 PM
 
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Re: Prestige S's from Japan?

Well, this guy from Dragonforce has got one. He chimes in from time to time here, and I think I read his last comment where it was implied that Ibanez may be about to release that 24th fret model. May be it was my own interpretation of it, may be it'll just be the formal announcement of his own endorsee 24-fret S custom guitar. But I don't see it as a totally negated possibility. On the contrary. Ibanez needs to "innovate" (ahammmm... I know, too big of a word) a bit on the S-line to keep it alive.

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post #7 of 43 (permalink) Old 08-03-2007, 08:43 AM
 
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Re: Prestige S's from Japan?

They already have a neck-through S. It's called the S4170AB, and unfortunately you can't get it outside of Europe. It's a shame, because it's absolutely beautiful.

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Re: Prestige S's from Japan?

Yeah, I know about the "Europe only" S4170AB, and I think it looks beautiful too, but as far as I know, it's still made in Korea like the other Prestige S's.

It probably plays like a dream, but I wonder if it feels like the super sleek, ultra low profile MIJ S's from back in the day?

None of the modern S's i've played fell like the old MIJ ones.

I played a MIJ S540LTD with purple burst many years ago, and have never forgotten how great it felt. Unfortunately, I was too stupid to buy it when I had the chance.

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They already have a neck-through S. It's called the S4170AB, and unfortunately you can't get it outside of Europe. It's a shame, because it's absolutely beautiful.

it aint a shame when you live in europe.. i like the look of that myself.. but i too want a MIJ 'S'
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post #10 of 43 (permalink) Old 08-05-2007, 05:48 AM
 
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i think Ibanez wont make japanese S anymore, that'll instantly kill the growing high-end-RG market, the S are definitely better than the RG.. thinner& more comfortable body shape, cooler look (for me..), mahogany body, give me superwizard neck&24fret ebony board, and I wont play anything else..
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post #11 of 43 (permalink) Old 08-26-2007, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Prestige S's from Japan?

I know I'm probably wasting my time, but if enough people post here asking for Japanese made S guitars, Ibanez might get the message.

So, everyone who would purchase a new Japanese made S series guitar that is made to the old specs, please post in this thread. If we generate enough interest, maybe Ibanez will do something about it.

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the S are definitely better than the RG
Yeah, I guess that's why the S outsells the RG so much!* Your preference for the S doesn't apply to all of us. I like both, but to be honest I doubt the popularity of the S is anywhere near the RG.

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So, everyone who would purchase a new Japanese made S series guitar that is made to the old specs, please post in this thread.
I'd buy one if it wasn't over-priced, otherwise why not just buy a used older one? There are plenty of them floating around on the used market.
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post #13 of 43 (permalink) Old 08-26-2007, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Prestige S's from Japan?

I'd love to buy a second hand Japanese S, but I'm a bit apprehensive about buying a guitar I can't inspect from an unknown source.

If I had a reliable source I would definately concider it, but living in Australia, I don't see many (if any) for sale locally.

I've thought about Rich, as his reputation is impeccable, but I have no experience with importing a guitar, and have read lots of horror stories about "accidents" during shipping.

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Re: Prestige S's from Japan?

I've had lots of guitars from overseas and they've been fine, don't be overly fussy about small dings and marks and you'll be happy with what you get i think. As for damage during transit - i guess that's a risk you take but i've not had it and don't know anyone who has.

The guitars available between 2000-2004 as you point out were the best ones i think. Just go for it!
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post #15 of 43 (permalink) Old 08-28-2007, 03:33 PM
 
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it aint a shame when you live in europe.. i like the look of that myself.. but i too want a MIJ 'S'
Not crazy about the "over the top" binding. And, It still has that crappy (IMO) neck profile and radius.

At least the Korean neck through S guitars don't have a fretboard that sits way high.

Time will tell...
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