Ibanez 2018 models announced(teased) :O

Discussion in 'Standard Guitars' started by lewis, Oct 26, 2017.

  1. Petar Bogdanov

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    Even frets aside, I prefer the 24 fret Saber. The bridge is in a better place and takes full advantage of the arch top to provide support for your arm.
     
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    the og rg550s are hard to find in the colors that people want...road flare, desert yellow, the purps.

    and they aren't that cheap 500-600 for a good condition...more from sellers that are straight up stupid.

    but i'd rather get a new one. the 87-89s are 30 years old now...even the best one is going to need a some fretwork. and i've seen some gunky maple boards.
     
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    Not feeling the wannabe-Suhr. The RG521 ticks the boxes I’d want from an Ibanez.
     
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    Between the risks/prevalence of things like those neck cracks and ovaled/cracked bridge studs in soft basswood bodies, a quality RG550 reissue at the right price seems like a good buy to me.

    But they should think outside the box too. And by that I mean they should make an RG7-550 or whatever number they’d give to an 7-string RG550. If people are clamoring for the RG550, why not try to expand its magic/nostalgia to other offerings too?
     
  5. MaxOfMetal

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    Not to mention, with no MIJ Universe there's certainly a spot for an HSH, pickguard 7-string. :agreed:
     
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    Or maybe just bring back the XL series, that would be awesome
     
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    ya i feel like the xl were ahead of their time. but the rgd is out now...probably not going to see 2 different extended scale lengths that close together.
     
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    Please elaborate... why 2003?...
     
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    Is 2003 when production of the MIJ S Series models moved to Korea? Might have been after that but that's all I can think of.
     
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    couverdure No Gear Day

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    The Prestige S series went back to Japan when the S5470 and EGEN18 (both the first production S guitars with 24 frets) were introduced in 2008.
     
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    I knew it was back in Japan just wasn't sure how long it was in Korea. My 01 S1520fb is MIJ so I figured it was around that time though. So it seems 2003 to 2008 was MIK then back to MIJ since then. Makes sense.
     
  12. diagrammatiks

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    According to ibanez rules the first korean prestige was the S2075 in 2005 followed by the S2170 in 2006.

    Returned to japan in 2008.

    So it seems they have been trying to sell tarted up non-japanese guitars for 1500+ for a while now. all part of the plan.
     
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    I would buy an RG7-550s in RFR/DY so fast you have no idea. I want this a thing already.
     
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    They went from multiple MIJ models, sold in just about all markets to a single model in just USA and Europe. The writing was on the wall.
     
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    7-string 550's would be awesome indeed.
     
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    @couverdure & @MaxOfMetal thanks both. I'm following Ibanez since 1995, by the time I bought my S540, but I don't keep track of these dates...
     
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    It's been the plan for a long time, especially now.

    Make guitars as cheap as possible while padding the spec sheet with as much pop-specs as you can.

    I'm convinced that guitar companies now don't even have to make good guitars, they just need to make good spec sheets.
     
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    ... please don't forget that machining tech has evolved substantially in the last 15 to 20 years. At this moment, IMO that good quality guitars depend more on the QC than on their specs.
     
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    Guitars are better built than they've ever been. Even the low end stuff.

    But the market is still spec over quality driven in the sub-$2k space.
     
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    Hence the dependence on QC for them to be good, average or lemons...
     

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