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08-26-2008 11:35 AM
jordancoffin
Re: Ibanez vs. other superstrats

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Originally Posted by mi2tom View Post
I love jackson guitars and IMO they are compareable to any prestige.
I *just* got rid of my Jackson Dinky, in favour of an RGPrestige. The guitar that I had was not even close to being as good as my Ibanez. Didn't play as well, didn't sound as good. I'll buy another Ibanez before I buy another Jackson, but its all subjective really. Also, it should be noted that my Ibanez costed much more than the Jackson, so it's not really the most fair comparison. My RG is better than any Jackson I've played before though.
08-11-2008 05:37 PM
DrRGFever
Re: Ibanez vs. other superstrats

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Originally Posted by D.Vial View Post
CLEARLY Ibanez is NOT a bang for the buck, for 1000 US you can buy a custom carvin, that it's probably a better guitar than a Rg1570 or Rg20TH..


... BTW I'm an Ibanez fan too.
I think Ibanez is bang for the buck! But it depends on what your definition of bang is
08-11-2008 01:37 PM
nosi0
Re: Ibanez vs. other superstrats

Those Suhr's definately are boarder line. They could be seen as a original and different superstrat, or there not one at all. I find that the body shape isn't enough like a superstrat, to me a RGA is not quite a superstrat either.
08-11-2008 12:51 PM
Scali
Re: Ibanez vs. other superstrats

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Originally Posted by DrRGFever View Post
As others have noted, I don't consider the Suhr or Tom Anderson guitars to be superstrats. Fine guitars! But not superstrats.
Well, I don't know about Tom Anderson, but Suhr does build some models with a double-locking tremolo, humbuckers, 24 frets and all:
http://www.suhrguitars.com/modern.aspx

I think that one is pretty much equal to an Ibanez RG, and certainly counts as a superstrat in my book.
08-11-2008 11:54 AM
DrRGFever
Re: Ibanez vs. other superstrats

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Originally Posted by Mister CCJ View Post
I really haven't found much backup on this, just here and there. Understanding this forum may be biased towards Ibanez, I would still like all opinions of superstrat type guitars and how they compare sonicaly and as far as quality (and visually if interested). Which guitars I have in my mind are...

Ibanez Prestige
Ibanez J.Custom
Ernie Ball MM
Charvel
Jackson
Suhr
Caparison
Tom Anderson
Carvin, and similar types.

Lets hear from the guys who have had experience with a few different brands and see how they truly compare. And if this is dumb let me know haha.
As others have noted, I don't consider the Suhr or Tom Anderson guitars to be superstrats. Fine guitars! But not superstrats.

Carvin is very nice as is Caparison. Jackson I only like their USA line. But the Japan guitar is very good value. Still, I feel Jackson has fallen behind as of late. I have never been a big fan of the Ernie Ball/MM guitars. I like the necks. The scale is smaller and they are very comfortable, but the guitar as a whole doesn't feel right to me.

Charvels are great and if you can get an original San Dimas I think that is an awesome guitar!!!!

My heart is with the Prestige/J Custom/RG series Ibanez guitars. Unbeatable as far as a hard rock/metal superstrat is concerned!
08-08-2008 02:04 PM
nosi0
Re: Ibanez vs. other superstrats

I'm a JS fan but as for Superstrats i would take a Ibanez with lo-pro anytime over anything else. As for the current line-up i find it lacks finish variety. the only finish i currently like in the RG series is the RGA321 and the RGT's. I have played some nice Jackson's too. Nice thing with Jacksons is that you can get about 10 different finishes on a single model(RR series for example) ESP is awesome but far too expensive and i find that LTD's somehow lack mojo. they seem very well designed and fairly good quality but somehow i find they lack, haven't determined where.
08-07-2008 01:47 PM
Scali
Re: Ibanez vs. other superstrats

Well, as far as superstrats go, I have a Yamaha RGX Standard, Ibanez RG570CT, Ibanez S7320 and Gibson M3.

Ibanez gets points for the nicest tremolo's, in my opinion.
I generally don't like the RG series, but mine has an alder body, giving it a more 'singing' tone with more sustain, which is quite impressive for a bolt-on.
The S7320 sounds huge because it's a 7-string, another thing that Ibanez is good at (although it's starting to get more common with other brands now).

The M3 is my overall favourite, because it's a vicious beast. The pickups are incredibly powerful, and it is the only set-neck of the bunch, and the only guitar that doesn't die out on the upper frets. It sings and sustains right up to the 24th fret, like a Les Paul would.

The Yamaha has the coolest looks, and is a nice overall player, but doesn't really excel in anything.

I've also tried some Jacksons over the years, and found that they play very well, but generally they sounded too dark, too 'metal' to me. They didn't have good classic rock or clean sounds.

So for me the best superstrat is a Gibson, as ironic as that may sound
07-28-2008 10:12 PM
D.Vial
Re: Ibanez vs. other superstrats

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Originally Posted by AlkyHauler View Post
thats a wide range of prices too, I consider that heavily when looking at bang for buck, ie, the 20th rg is hard to beat IMO in terms of bang for the buck...
CLEARLY Ibanez is NOT a bang for the buck, for 1000 US you can buy a custom carvin, that it's probably a better guitar than a Rg1570 or Rg20TH..


... BTW I'm an Ibanez fan too.
07-28-2008 09:14 PM
cosmitron
Re: Ibanez vs. other superstrats

It's only me and my 2 cents.
But every time I'm looking at other brands "superstrats" I feel like they are 20 years late. Some might look very cool though.
(I'm not talking about reissues. Looking 20 years late may be really cool)
To sum up, the RG is a reference among Superstrats. At least, my personnal reference.
So I won't spend more than 1000$ in something that's not Ibanez anyhow. (we're talking about superstrats I love my Gibsons)
07-28-2008 03:40 PM
HeavyMetal4Ever
Re: Ibanez vs. other superstrats

My view is that brand names can give you an idea of what to expect in a guitar, but really, the only way you can tell if it will suit you is to play it, preferably through your own rig.

Try and play as many different guitars as you can, over as wide a range of brands and prices as possible, then form your own ideas. Other peoples reviews can be helpful, but remember that they might have very different tastes than you, let alone a different setup, gear, or style.

All that being said, from my experience I agree with the idea that over a certain price point the differences between brands are more about personal preference than quality levels.

Good luck finding your ideal guitar.

Rock on!
07-28-2008 02:25 AM
Shredder87
Re: Ibanez vs. other superstrats

Each to his own. One man's meat is another man's poison. However to me Ibanez RGs are *the*guitar. That's to ME, however; I'm talking from a view of personal taste here.

I have tried many others, but for my liking nothing comes close to an RG. Before I bought my RG2550 I tried a few others, including ESPs, a Jackson DK which I was seriously interested in, even some humbuker-equipped Fender Strat models, all sorts of guitars - however, whenever I tried an RG everything seemed so much better. To my ears the sound was better, the neck was much nicer, quality better etc. Like I say this is from my own point of view.

Probably the main appealing feature on the Ibanez is the neck. For me it's ideal. Jackson necks I always felt were a little too chunky for my liking. The RG neck on the other hand is perfect for me.

I would love to try an old Kramer! Especially a knackered red and white sriped one as played by a certain guitarist

'87
07-27-2008 04:40 PM
keitho
Re: Ibanez vs. other superstrats

best i ever had was a Larrivee ls4,the same as Kee marcello,it was a Beast.
07-27-2008 12:46 PM
TMatt142
Re: Ibanez vs. other superstrats

I'll add to the Kramer bandwagoneers here. I used to have a Kramer KnightSwan and I'll have to say that that guitar really was a monster! Probably the best guitar I've had. Not sure why I ever sold it.....It had great sustain, tone, and a low end that would give satan goose bumps...! Now, I'm a huge Ibby fan (7620 and a 7320 owner) but if I could find another Kramer...perferably a Swan,Pacer, or Baretta, I'd definitely look into it. As far as other "superstrats" I'll take a Washburn N4 as well...
07-23-2008 07:00 PM
stingx
Re: Ibanez vs. other superstrats

Well as much as I LOVE my Ibby 1570 it still comes in 2nd to my original '83 Kramer Pacer Imperial. No guitar that I have owned or presently own can take it's place. Now, having said that, I am totally freaked out by the new limited re-makes of the Kramer Pacer that are due out soon...

http://kramerforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=25710
07-07-2008 12:31 PM
OliOli
Re: Ibanez vs. other superstrats

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Originally Posted by Veno View Post
RG770
1099 for a new RG770??? What are they on?

You can pick 2 or 3 very nice used RGs for this price, or even a J-Custom and have some change to go down the pub...
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