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Hi All,

I am looking to purchase a new guitar and have been impressed by Ibanez's offerings. Ideally I am looking to spend no more than £600 and have been looking at used prestige models which seem to be really nice guitars for the money.

At first I was looking for fixed bridge but decided I wouldn't pass on a different bridge for the right guitar. I have another guitar I can use for drop tuning and may still purchase a drop pedal at some point.

Can anyone pass on any wisdom on finding a nice used Prestige Ibanez for around my price range? What would you say are the best models to look out for?
 

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As you said used Prestige is the sweet spot for sure where you get good pricing for the good Ibanez stuff that someone else has possibly barely used. My advice is to choose body shape & then make sure the bridge meets your needs - if you only want an Edge/LoPro/Pro trem look for those whereas if you don't mind the EdgeZero that gives more choices. Some Ibanez fanatics obsess over the neck dimensions but to me that is often splitting hairs.

Your location is not shown but £600 is not here so what used availability is in your region is another story. In the USA Prestige Ibanez litter the market (in a good way) it's amazing people have so little regard for them and will pay sometimes 2x for indo Ibanez with grossly inferior tremolo, wet wood, etc. Good luck.
 

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Thanks for the info! I've updated my location and just been browsing the general sites the past couple of days to see what is around.

There is one for around £600 not too far away from me but think I might go looking in shops at the weekend and play similar models to see what I like. In terms of bridge I am not that concerned as I don't plan to change tunings on the guitar once set up and only use for the trem and they all seem to be of a good standard!
 

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Thanks for the info! I've updated my location and just been browsing the general sites the past couple of days to see what is around.

There is one for around £600 not too far away from me but think I might go looking in shops at the weekend and play similar models to see what I like. In terms of bridge I am not that concerned as I don't plan to change tunings on the guitar once set up and only use for the trem and they all seem to be of a good standard!
Yeah if you get an original Edge or Lo-Pro Edge then that's about as good as it gets with locking trems. On the used market then sure you will find a lot of good stuff within that price range.
 

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Basically your looking for 5 series & above before 2002. It'll say made in Japan on the back of the headstock. For example 520, 550, 570 etc. Prestige models of those would be like 1550 etc. If you go to look at one, take your smart phone with you & verify the serial number.
 

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Thanks snaggleyoda I'll see if any pop up near by.

The two I have my eye on are a SV5470A which starts at £450 but has had a mod done and an additional switch put in putting me off slightly! The other is a RG2570E-VSL (2007) which is fixed at £620 and seems to be in good condition!
 

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Can we post links to listings? I've seen a few I quite like the look of and most look in good condition.

Between 1550/1570 and 2550/2570 is there much difference or does it just come to the feel of the guitar at that point?
 

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Great guitar! I have a RG1570 in Mirage Red.
Enjoy!
Thanks man, need to get better at the set up but love it so happy with it!
I have the RG520 qs myself, pre prestige. Setup is not really that difficult, just gotta be patient. If you really want to make things hell of a lot easier, get the edge Intonation tool. They're a bit pricey, but makes intonation so much easier.
 

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I have the RG520 qs myself, pre prestige. Setup is not really that difficult, just gotta be patient. If you really want to make things hell of a lot easier, get the edge Intonation tool. They're a bit pricey, but makes intonation so much easier.
Checking it out now thanks for the tip! Did enjoy setting it up sure I'll get better at it over time...... doubt it will be my last floyd now :)
 

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I have the RG520 qs myself, pre prestige. Setup is not really that difficult, just gotta be patient. If you really want to make things hell of a lot easier, get the edge Intonation tool. They're a bit pricey, but makes intonation so much easier.
Checking it out now thanks for the tip! Did enjoy setting it up sure I'll get better at it over time...... doubt it will be my last floyd now
I modified the intonation tool by filing the prong a little on both sides, so it works for any double locking trem I've come across. Works way better than the "the tool" for Floyd Rose & licensed variants.
 

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I modified the intonation tool by filing the prong a little on both sides, so it works for any double locking trem I've come across. Works way better than the "the tool" for Floyd Rose & licensed variants.
Just seen that tool and seems to cost a lot less but for sure says doesn't work for Ibanez trems. I'll probably see how I get on with a string change and if it's still a pain just stump up the cash!
 
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