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So I posted a thread about neck s over in tech that some of you may have contributed to. I Had an RG657 MSK that I loved but the Super Wizard HP neck was just too thin for me.
I got my hands on a 1550M and I absolutely love the Wizard Prestige neck on that. Solid Blue doesn't bowl me over though , I'm into nice tops, so this past Sunday Monday just surfing I fell on a guitar for sale that caught my eye. The RG2770QZA. A Japan only model that I had no idea existed.
if it had a maple board it would 've been perfect but I have no 6's with rosewood besides my Les Paul so I figured what the hell. I did some dancing with the sellers on price and got to a price I could live with. There was a little corrosion on the pickups and the trem posts but besides that looked pretty Mint.
Well it arrived today. Overall, pretty happy, the guitar is in mint condition (minus stated above) no chips anywhere on the body, I believe it has the stock TZ/TV/AN
pickups in it which sound freaking amazing through my Splawn 1/2 stack (really good I'm very surprised) but that's not where my surprise is. I basically bought this so I could have a nice Prestige with a figured top that has the thicker wider Wizard Prestige neck on it
Wrong :(
The Wizard HP Prestige feels like it falls somewhere between the the Wizard prestige and the Super Wizard HP.
Not bad by any means but I was hoping for the same feeling neck as on the 1550M this neck actually feels like it may even be a bit narrower. Either the Wiki is wrong
or Fujigen is all over the place when making their necks.
Plays great but it does feel different so now I will set it up with my strings etc and have to go back and forth and decide which one I want to keep (I don't need both).
I'm actually wondering if the neck on the 1550m could drop right in on to this one. that would solve everything :)
anyway porn time
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So I posted a thread about neck s over in tech that some of you may have contributed to. I Had an RG657 MSK that I loved but the Super Wizard HP neck was just too thin for me.
I got my hands on a 1550M and I absolutely love the Wizard Prestige neck on that. Solid Blue doesn't bowl me over though , I'm into nice tops, so this past Sunday Monday just surfing I fell on a guitar for sale that caught my eye. The RG2770QZA. A Japan only model that I had no idea existed.
if it had a maple board it would 've been perfect but I have no 6's with rosewood besides my Les Paul so I figured what the hell. I did some dancing with the sellers on price and got to a price I could live with. There was a little corrosion on the pickups and the trem posts but besides that looked pretty Mint.
Well it arrived today. Overall, pretty happy, the guitar is in mint condition (minus stated above) no chips anywhere on the body, I believe it has the stock TZ/TV/AN
pickups in it which sound freaking amazing through my Splawn 1/2 stack (really good I'm very surprised) but that's not where my surprise is. I basically bought this so I could have a nice Prestige with a figured top that has the thicker wider Wizard Prestige neck on it
Wrong :(
The Wizard HP Prestige feels like it falls somewhere between the the Wizard prestige and the Super Wizard HP.
Not bad by any means but I was hoping for the same feeling neck as on the 1550M this neck actually feels like it may even be a bit narrower. Either the Wiki is wrong
or Fujigen is all over the place when making their necks.
Plays great but it does feel different so now I will set it up with my strings etc and have to go back and forth and decide which one I want to keep (I don't need both).
I'm actually wondering if the neck on the 1550m could drop right in on to this one. that would solve everything :)
anyway porn time

I've cleaned this up since I took these pictures
came with all of the case candy too
Pretty sure you're just experiencing normal neck variances between different years of production. I try to think of "Wizard" and "Ultra" in terms of a range, as they don't have laser-precision when it comes to these neck carves. That being said, both the necks you cite are 43mm/58mm wide necks with a ~17-20mm thickness, so I wouldn't get too worked up over it, I mean they are definitely in the same ballpark for sure (unless you put a caliper on them and find something really wacky going on). Totally understand where you are at though, when I bought my RG2020X 20 years back it had the Ultra profile which was totally jarring to me, coming from playing only Wizard necks. Funny that after a week or so with the Ultra I actually found the Wizard less comfortable, but even as different as those necks are, I still found them easy to switch between. Though psychologically, I just wasn't ready for the Ultra at that time, and during that week or two of getting used to it I was filled with uncertainty and doubt over having bought something with such a different neck, even considered trying to return or sell it. In the end, I'm glad I didn't and that whole experience got my hands, and brain, out of the box of what I think I like vs. what I actually enjoy playing on. Now the AZ neck, that was another jarring moment for me, and while I did get used to that one, I definitely feel like it's a little inhibiting in some ways.
 

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Pretty sure you're just experiencing normal neck variances between different years of production. I try to think of "Wizard" and "Ultra" in terms of a range, as they don't have laser-precision when it comes to these neck carves. That being said, both the necks you cite are 43mm/58mm wide necks with a ~17-20mm thickness, so I wouldn't get too worked up over it, I mean they are definitely in the same ballpark for sure (unless you put a caliper on them and find something really wacky going on). Totally understand where you are at though, when I bought my RG2020X 20 years back it had the Ultra profile which was totally jarring to me, coming from playing only Wizard necks. Funny that after a week or so with the Ultra I actually found the Wizard less comfortable, but even as different as those necks are, I still found them easy to switch between. Though psychologically, I just wasn't ready for the Ultra at that time, and during that week or two of getting used to it I was filled with uncertainty and doubt over having bought something with such a different neck, even considered trying to return or sell it. In the end, I'm glad I didn't and that whole experience got my hands, and brain, out of the box of what I think I like vs. what I actually enjoy playing on. Now the AZ neck, that was another jarring moment for me, and while I did get used to that one, I definitely feel like it's a little inhibiting in some ways.
Wizard Prestige and Wizard HP Prestige (on the wiIki ) both state 18-20. the Super Wizard HP is 17-19, by no means
does the Neck on this one feel "bad" it just doesn't have the same back shape as the neck on my 1550M. (which I've really grown to really like).
Actually a neck that falls somewhere in between the super wizard HP the Wizard Prestige may end up being Perfect. As you mentioned above I
need to play it for a while (at rehearsal and a gig) to pass final judgement on it.
One thing is clear though, this thing sounds fantastic, no need to swap out anything here, I was worried the single was going to sound like tin shrill, but not in this guitar. :)
 

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Wizard Prestige and Wizard HP Prestige (on the wiIki ) both state 18-20. the Super Wizard HP is 17-19, by no means
does the Neck on this one feel "bad" it just doesn't have the same back shape as the neck on my 1550M. (which I've really grown to really like).
Actually a neck that falls somewhere in between the super wizard HP the Wizard Prestige may end up being Perfect. As you mentioned above I
need to play it for a while (at rehearsal and a gig) to pass final judgement on it.
One thing is clear though, this thing sounds fantastic, no need to swap out anything here, I was worried the single was going to sound like tin shrill, but not in this guitar. :)
Right on! Yeah, I've played so many neck types that I can't even really tell the difference between all the Wizard subvariants. I can tell a Wizard II from a Wizard, sure, and a Wizard 4 is a TOTALLY different neck, but aside from those Wizard "families" it's really hard to tell. But, the Wizard HP, Nitro Wizard, Super Wizard, Super Wizard HP, Wizard Prestige, and all those regular Wizard variations all feel about the same to me :D To me, there is only the Wizard, Ultra (aka Wizard 4), Jem, JS, and AZ necks. I am sure it will be no problem to get used to, I know the last 3 or 4 J-Custom's I bought were all the Wizard shape and it bummed me out, but again, you're only talking 2mm thinner than the Ultra, on average, it's not a deal breaker for me. As far as getting the right profile, sad to say that Ibanez specs are a little all over the place, and it gets even trickier with one-off's and spot models. You really need to get it in your hands, short of that, cruise the forums and see what other owners of that model have said, or hell PM a question about the neck profile to try to glean more info about it before you buy it. Admittedly that can be nearly impossible, and sometimes literally impossible with a one-off guitar :(
 

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the neck on this RG2770QZA has really grown on me. I still prefer the neck on the 1550m , but not by much anymore, it really is easy to play.
I don't know why I am on an ibanez binge now but I find myself jonesing for an Rg2560MZEX in tri Fade burst :love::love::love::love::love::love::love::love::love::love:
I went on an Ibanez binge last year (10 guitars). I got to try them and play them for awhile. But I sold most of them. I have got an RG550, two Ibanez artist’s, and two mid 80’s Roadstar II’s left.
 

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I went on an Ibanez binge last year (10 guitars). I got to try them and play them for awhile. But I sold most of them. I have got an RG550, two Ibanez artist’s, and two mid 80’s Roadstar II’s left.
I've binged on Ibanez 7's before (back around 2012 or so , I had a few RG7620's a J Custom 8527m and a CT ) Never really got into the 6's as much , I had 3 RG550's (originals from the 80's) and never just bonded with them. I've always been a Jackson/Charvel guy, still am I love my USA soloists , but these 3................... they are killer, I wish the 657MSK I owned had a Wizard Prestige neck on it, I would still have it.
 

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I've binged on Ibanez 7's before (back around 2012 or so , I had a few RG7620's a J Custom 8527m and a CT ) Never really got into the 6's as much , I had 3 RG550's (originals from the 80's) and never just bonded with them. I've always been a Jackson/Charvel guy, still am I love my USA soloists , but these 3................... they are killer, I wish the 657MSK I owned had a Wizard Prestige neck on it, I would still have it.
I have tried some from each of Ibanez’s series except J Custom. I am looking for my first guitar, an RS100. Oh and I forgot mention my 83 AE405TV.
 
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