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03-07-2016 06:09 AM
mc_tharow
Re: J-Custom & Prestige confusion - What makes a J-C a J-C?

The guys from Polyphia were probably in middle school when this thread started. They come home from school and started practicing on their Indonesian RG. This went on till they became so good and actually start to create their own music. Few years later, Ibanez then contacted them and agreed for an endorsement. They now can have any Ibanez they want be it J-custom, LA custom, prestiges, premiums or even signatures and yet the guys here are still arguing on which is better, after which, they will take out their precious J custom from the case, plug it in, play the enter sandman riff and call it a day.
11-08-2015 12:59 AM
Redweb
Re: J-Custom & Prestige confusion - What makes a J-C a J-C?

J customs are almost top of the line
06-16-2015 03:47 AM
Funk49
Re: J-Custom & Prestige confusion - What makes a J-C a J-C?

Wow 😂
06-07-2015 01:32 AM
KillerTone
Re: J-Custom & Prestige confusion - What makes a J-C a J-C?

Taken from a question and answer thread with Jim Donahue. (2005)

Hi Jim,

Are the J custom guitars made in the same factory as their sister Prestige and standard model in Fujigen ?

It depends on the year. As of 2002 the Hirooka Custom shop that the J customs where made at merged into the main factory at Sunwood about 1hour from Fujigen, Sunwood is the sister company of Fuji and Fuji purchased a large quantity of the stock and moved the Hirooka Custom shop there.

Hiroka was the Custom shop and they made all the Customs, Jems. JS's and hollow bodies, But that was closed whne Fuji Downsized. Now really everything Fuji makes is High End. All the wood working is Done at the Sunwood facility and then sent out for paint and assembly to Matsumoto at Fuji's main plant.

JD
02-23-2015 09:29 AM
Craig_Shaft
Re: J-Custom & Prestige confusion - What makes a J-C a J-C?

I have 3 Jems, a Universe, and a J-Custom. The J-Custom's playability is significantly better than all of the aforementioned. Of course, this is only my personal experience!
06-21-2013 03:06 AM
Adieu
Re: J-Custom & Prestige confusion - What makes a J-C a J-C?

What about the "CUSTOM MADE" fretboard inlay on early 90s hiend MIJ models? Precursor to J-Custom/Prestige tags?
05-21-2013 11:06 AM
MatiasTolkki
Re: J-Custom & Prestige confusion - What makes a J-C a J-C?

Personally, due to money I cant exactly afford a J custom, but I love prestiges. What some people call "needing a tuneup" I call a bit of personality. On top fo that, I dont like the J-C necks that much, not my thing. A little too thin imo. That's just personal taste though.

I think what it comes down to is:

Are you willing (or able, or both) to put the money into a JC?
Do they feel right to YOU?
Are they what you're looking for in a guitar?

Personally, I think they are great guitars, just not in the price range that I can really afford. Also, I am not a big fan of the designs and colors they have either, I like pretty bland designs (flat colors, maybe 2 tone stuff like blue body with black pickguard i.e. RG1550M PBL) and the JC designs just dont give me what I want.
05-26-2012 07:38 PM
RyansJem
Re: J-Custom & Prestige confusion - What makes a J-C a J-C?

Thanks for the info, this is a good read.
11-08-2011 10:48 PM
Pata5359
Re: J-Custom & Prestige confusion - What makes a J-C a J-C?

J Customs will say it on the headstock. They are written 2 different ways. One is very similar to the old USA Custom logo that was on the USA Customs, the other is like this:
09-09-2011 06:56 PM
IbanezDaemon
Re: J-Custom & Prestige confusion - What makes a J-C a J-C?

Quote:
Originally Posted by tpdoff View Post
Hey all, I haven't been on here in a while and decided to read this sticky being a very proud Prestige owner. I too wanted to know the difference between a J-Custom and a Prestige, not that I want one just was curious so I wrote Ibanez, not expecting a reply, however, I received one today. I will share that with you.

My original question: Hi, my name is Brian Mooney. I have a question that has been debated on the forums but no definite answer. What is the real difference between a J-Custom and a Prestige Guitar? Are J-Custom's worth the extra money over a Prestige? Thanks


Hi Brian,
With any guitar line, as you get higher and higher in a lineup of guitar the quality standard gets tighter and the craftsmanship is higher. Listed below are all the features that are found on the J. Customs.

:Selected African mahogany center 2pcs back & selected flamed maple top :Flamed maple neck binding :Gotoh Free-lok locking strap pin :Velvet touch neck back finish (more smooth finish compare with prestige) :J.custom round fret edge treatment (for smooth fingering, we can see same treatment as high end boutique bass) :Switchcraft barrel jack

Best Regards,
-Ibanez
Jeez, they don't waste their words do they??? That doesn't even come close to answering your question. If you need a proper answer I'd ask Rich, failing that try the guys on here who actually own J Customs AND prestiges.
08-31-2011 01:43 PM
tpdoff
Re: J-Custom & Prestige confusion - What makes a J-C a J-C?

Hey all, I haven't been on here in a while and decided to read this sticky being a very proud Prestige owner. I too wanted to know the difference between a J-Custom and a Prestige, not that I want one just was curious so I wrote Ibanez, not expecting a reply, however, I received one today. I will share that with you.

My original question: Hi, my name is Brian Mooney. I have a question that has been debated on the forums but no definite answer. What is the real difference between a J-Custom and a Prestige Guitar? Are J-Custom's worth the extra money over a Prestige? Thanks


Hi Brian,
With any guitar line, as you get higher and higher in a lineup of guitar the quality standard gets tighter and the craftsmanship is higher. Listed below are all the features that are found on the J. Customs.

:Selected African mahogany center 2pcs back & selected flamed maple top :Flamed maple neck binding :Gotoh Free-lok locking strap pin :Velvet touch neck back finish (more smooth finish compare with prestige) :J.custom round fret edge treatment (for smooth fingering, we can see same treatment as high end boutique bass) :Switchcraft barrel jack

Best Regards,
-Ibanez
08-23-2011 05:32 PM
py36
Re: J-Custom & Prestige confusion - What makes a J-C a J-C?

I bought my first Prestige in 2001, 3120tw. Best Ibanez (or any guitar) I have ever owned. Sold it years later, regretted it, cried in the fetal position.......After my youngest (now 6) got out of diapers and other daily costs I decided to buy another prestige. I went with the RG1421 in blue. Big mistake, g string would not intonate no matter what I did (peterson strobed at the 12th, again at the 24rth, diff string gauges and brands etc...)
Took it back and bought an RG1550pp. Nicer but tons of QC issues. Slip a piece of paper in the neck joint, The finish on the back was gritty in places and the playbility was no where near what I remembered, took it back...lol
Took it back and bought a rg1420 in red. Same g string intonation issues, what???? Tried a few more higher priced prestiges like an SV and a 2550 but all of them were not what I remembered.
Bought a 7620, no prestige markings, 99 from Japan. WOW, thats what I remembered. Great shape for its age but it played better than any thing else I was trying out. Waiting on my rg3120f dam any day now.....
I guess my point is no matter what the differences are in a JC or PR, its all about who is handling them. PR these days (in my opinion) are being handled very differently then they once were.....JC's are vastly different then a PR. The wood is different, the necks are different and treated different. Just the thought behind them are different. That doesnt mean one is better than the other.
Its all in what you like. Thats why some guys love alder over basswood over mahagony etc....if you hate mahagony you may not want a specific JC and might buy a basswood PR. Doesnt mean one is lesser than the other.
I know I might be missing the point of this thread but at the end of the day beauty is in the eye of the beholder. JC and Prestiges are different, end of story. But find the right one, made on the right day, by the right crafstman and you may find a PR of your dreams instead of a JC....
07-26-2011 12:22 PM
bobbydevito
Re: J-Custom & Prestige confusion - What makes a J-C a J-C?

wow, this is an EPIC thread.

i was kind of confused about the whole Prestige vs J-Custom thing myself.

when i was at NAMM in anaheim earlier this year, i spent about an hour on the first day (which is usually slower than fri/sat/sun) playing at the Ibanez booth.

I have also played quite a few Prestige models at GC and Sam Ash when I have seen them.

to be honest, i have never played a Prestige series guitar that made me want to buy it. they seem to be nice guitars, but none of them really made me fall in love with them, and i noticed a lot of minor setup issues, rough fret ends, the usual stuff i see with most guitars in that price bracket these days -- i always counsel people that if they are buying a new guitar in the $1200 range, almost ALL of them need to be "fluffed and buffed" to play well, feel great, and be in tune.

This is why Rich offers his setup services with new guitars. I am sure some people might look at his page and think "damn man, this guy is just trying to make some extra CASH off me for doing nothing"

But that could not be further from the truth -- and most working pros KNOW this. buy a new guitar, and take it straight to your tech for final setup, fret polish, intonation, check the wiring, etc.

Now, on nicer boutique guitars, like Tylers, Suhrs, Andersons, etc -- most of those come from the builders fully tweaked and playing wonderfully.

the J-Customs I played at NAMM felt like a real boutique level guitar -- nice fret ends, nicer woods and finishes, and just felt like the best modern guitars I have ever seen from Ibanez. they were $3999 and more list price......which I thought was a bit excessive.....but part of that is due to the exchange rate between the yen & the dollar.

The J-Customs I have played are all NEW ones, so I have not tried the earlier ones from before.

My friends that own J-Customs have all loved them, I am sure I would love them too -- but personally, i like LIGHT guitars with paint finishes, like the JEM 777 maple neck guitars -- I can really appreciate the beautiful woods and trans finishes and pearl tree of life inlays, etc -- it's almost a little too "PRS" for me, you know?

For me -- the guitars I have the most experience with are the 85-95 Ibanez guitars. every one of my early JEMs from 87/88/89 were FANTASTIC guitars. the 93 77BFP looked cool, but had a different feeling neck and didn't play or sound as good as my 777s or my 77FPs......and even my 77PMC, which looked cool as hell, didn't play as good as my 88 777SK. it needed some fluffing and buffing, and I ended up flipping it, as I was on my way to my Fernandes endorsement, and the end of my Ibanez & Jackson/Charvel era of my career.

But I have always kept an eye on Ibanez, because I still love them, although I can't afford the old JEM's I love. I always pick up interesting Prestiges, as well as the Korean and Indonesian guitars.....but haven't played a single one I wanted to buy.

the only Ibanez that has excited me in a few years is this 1990 RG550WH, and the J-Customs I played at NAMM...and drooling over the pics of the early JEMs in the gallery here.


now, back to your regularly scheduled arguing.....
11-25-2010 11:06 PM
Arterial
Re: J-Custom & Prestige confusion - What makes a J-C a J-C?

Well since the RG1570 is a 6 string and the RG8527 is a 7 string, maybe try the RG1527 Prestige.

I would definitely say j customs are better than prestiges.

1) They sound fancy
2) they look purrty
3) fretwork is a bit better
4) attention to detail on the guitars are better in general
5) rarer
11-24-2010 10:58 AM
Trickae
Re: J-Custom & Prestige confusion - What makes a J-C a J-C?

Hey Guys,

Instead of posting a new thread I thought I'd ask here first.

By a rough consensus from this thread it seems that the ibanez savy few either agree that

1) J-customs are almost equivalent to prestige's
2) J-custom surpasses a prestige in every way (except in price)

So would you consider an RG8527z better than an RG1570?

I haven't played an RG1570 but I'm absoultely loving the RG8527z. The action is rediculously low and the feel is great. What other guitar could I compare the RG8527z to form a reasonable opinion?
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