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Hi all,

My first post was in the jem forum and as I cannot afford a new jem and dont want a second hand guitar I think im better off with a new rg. I intend buying the guitar from http://www.machinehead.co.uk/ibanez_guitar.php and was just wondering what you guys thought of the models they have in stock ?

I want the best edge trem I can afford (no more than £500) and am prepared to forget my choice of ebony fingerboard and also prepared to refret if I still cannot get on with jumbo frets. I play very agressively against the frets and fingerboard and when I tried a jem 555 I can honestly say it felt like my fingers were playing on railway tracks, were they super jumbos ?

Everyone tells me that jumbos are the way to go for shredding and im prepared to try and get used to them once more, if not its a refret to 6105 gauge.

Any suggestions ?
 

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Your right and im wrong. doh

http://www.warmoth.com/supplies/supplies.cfm?fuseaction=fretwire

I meant 6130's, but I know im not going to find an ibanez in stock with those frets. This is why I dont want to spend too much money in case I need a refret but as so many shredders use jumbos I really should give them another go.

I like the cheaper rg's but they have budget trems and after years of suffering problems with cheap licensed floyds I know I want a really good trem that stays in tune and is easy to service / replace parts etc.
 

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Well, how large are the frets on normal RG's say RG1550?

The frets on my RG1550 are just perfect size for me. I hate the feel of jumbo frets as it's too hard to slide for me.
 

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I thought the 1550 had jumbos ? Did your buy your guitar from new or second hand, if second hand it may have been refretted. Youve just reminded me I couldnt slide with jumbos either. The js series have smaller frets but its a vintage radius neck and I prefer flatter necks.
 

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twiddleuk said:
I thought the 1550 had jumbos ? Did your buy your guitar from new or second hand, if second hand it may have been refretted. Youve just reminded me I couldnt slide with jumbos either. The js series have smaller frets but its a vintage radius neck and I prefer flatter necks.
Nope, my 1550 was brand new.

That's a bit weird though :p
I tried an ESP not too long ago which had jumbo frets on it, and that was seriously like playing on a railway track. I couldn't slide for **** on it. It seemed like it was only built for playing chords in drop-D :p

I love the frets on my 1550, so if they're 6105's, then i guess i'm stuck with them for life!
 

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I like jumbo frets that are wide. Some seem to also be tall. If you buy a new RG and you think the frets feel too tall maybe you could just get a fret level and that would take them down a bit.
 

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Well it does seem that most guitar shops are only selling rock / metal guitars with jumbo frets so I dont really have a choice. Looks like my best bet is to buy as cheap as possible, without buying crap, and then sort the frets later if needed.

Which of the budget Ibanez rg's gets the best ratings these days ?
 

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Just get the cheapest "made in Japan" model that you like. They're all good. If you need to save more money, and can live without a trem look at the RG321MH model. (made in Korea but still prety nice).
 

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Just get the cheapest "made in Japan" model that you like. They're all good. If you need to save more money, and can live without a trem look at the RG321MH model. (made in Korea but still prety nice).
Actually, the RG321MH is made in Indonesia. It's still one of the best bang-for-your-buck guitars around, though. I love mine to death with the except that it doesn't stay in tune very well when I put it in the case, but it could be the fault of the case. I plan on installing some locking tuners and changing the nut and the pickups but even just stock the guitar is very nice.
 

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Yeah i own an RG321MH and it's a brilliant guitar but since i got my RG1550 back with new pickups (and obviously the RG1550 has a trem and thinner neck) i've been neglecting it :(

Nevertheless, brilliant guitar. I'd highly recommend getting one if you're looking for a hardtail
 

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Thanks again for all the replies.

I really would prefer a new guitar as ive had bad luck with second hand in the past. Its clear that im not going to find a new metal / rock guitar with ebony fingerboard and smaller frets so im really looking at the best Ibanez I can afford. Am I correct in saying the following :

The new prestige rg series guitars are fitted with the lowest profile (and best ?) edge trems, have 17" (430mm) radius fingerboards and all fitted with jumbos ?

Sorry to keep asking, there are so many options and models !!
 

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Looks like im pretty much set on an rg 2550e gk.
I want the wide flat neck, dimarzio / ibz's, edge pro but not the jumbo frets but looks like I will just have to get used to them, does anyone know the exact gauge of the fretwire on this model ? Im really hoping its not the same as the railway tracks fitted to the jem 555 that I tried, felt horrible and it went back in the case after 3 minutes.

Also, im assuming the edge pro trem is the newer version with removable knife edges and string ball end fitting ?

I have spent ages looking at guitar specs and for the price I cant find anything better equipped.
 

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Any new RG, no matter model or where it's made, is going to have jumbo frets. Why not just find a clean, used RG that needs a fret job, and have it re done with the fret size and fingerboard material you want? Not only would you have a better quality guitar than anything new, you'd have it just the way you want it. --Jason
 

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Thats what everyone keeps saying but I dont want to have to change pickups and swap out the trem for an edge pro. The edge pro is one of the main reasons why I want an rg2550e along with dimarzio ibz's and wizard neck.

The reason I keep mentioning frets is because I tried a new jem 555 and it had extra jumbos not jumbos. Im still trying to find out what guage jumbos are actually used by ibanez.

Im using the following link for reference :

http://www.warmoth.com/guitar/necks/necks.cfm?fuseaction=fretsize

The jem 555 had 6100's according to the diagram above.

I would actually like to try and get used to jumbos because every shred guitar has them and there must be a good reason for all manufacturers to keep fitting them.
 

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Thats what everyone keeps saying but I dont want to have to change pickups and swap out the trem for an edge pro. The edge pro is one of the main reasons why I want an rg2550e along with dimarzio ibz's and wizard neck.

The reason I keep mentioning frets is because I tried a new jem 555 and it had extra jumbos not jumbos. Im still trying to find out what guage jumbos are actually used by ibanez.

Im using the following link for reference :

http://www.warmoth.com/guitar/necks/necks.cfm?fuseaction=fretsize

The jem 555 had 6100's according to the diagram above.

I would actually like to try and get used to jumbos because every shred guitar has them and there must be a good reason for all manufacturers to keep fitting them.
What's wrong with the old lo pro and edge? I would simply get a used RG550/570 and you have yourself a great guitar. The stock pickups are ok but not great.

Regards

André
 
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