Ibanez RG Iron Label vs. RG 7321

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    Hows it going, Im wondering what the quality difference is between an Ibanez Iron Label 7-string stock with EMG 707's against my Ibanez RG-7321. My RG 7321 has been upgraded with hipshot locking tuners, graphtech tusq nut, CTS pots and seymour duncan peg/sent set.
     
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    i always doubted but wondered if the same way that premium is an upgrade over standard, and prestige being an upgrade for premiums, is iron label any kind up upgrade in quality over standard regarding craftsmanship?
    Or does the extra value go to name brand pickups and hardware?
     
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    While they're getting better overall in quality, I still don't think there is a big gap between good Standard series stuff and typical Iron Label.

    You're definitely paying for a bump in specs vs. a bump in quality.
     
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    I assumed as much, thanks!
     
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    Thats exactly what I was trying to figure out. If it was worth trading my 7321 for the Iron Label, I definitely prefer the passive Peg/Sen set and have already upgraded the tuners and nut so if the Iron Label isnt a step up in quality/wood then Ill stick with what Ive got!
     
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    Albake21 "Just get a used Ibanez Prestige."

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    The iron labels are definitely a bit higher quality than the standards, but honestly not by much. The problem with iron labels are their consistency. I've played ones that were surprisingly fantastic, but I've also played ones that felt even worse than the standard line. Honestly you're better off waiting for an upgrade to a prestige. Try and look around for some used Prestiges, you can definitely find them for the same price as what the iron labels go for.

    Your best bet would be finding a used RG7620, RG1527, or Japanese made RG7421.
     
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    I've had my RG7620 for 12 or 13 years and it's been a stellar instrument, and you can still find them on Ebay or Reverb most of the time. I only recently replaced the RG body with the Perle FR7 body in my avatar.
     
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    Considering the locking tuners, pots, Graphtech nut and pickups, you should keep the RG 7321.
    Is a solid instrument for the price and, considering the upgrades, i doubt you'll find huge difference with the Iron label.
     
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    Thank you all! Im thinking all it needs at this point is a nice fret level/dress and setup to get it in top notch playing condition
     
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    Given that you can get a used prestige for 600 to 800, then upgrade the pickups to whatever you want (if you even need to), I am not sure why anyone would buy a new iron label. Actually I occasionally wonder why anyone buys anything other than a used prestige ever. Best bargain in guitars.

    To answer my own question though, it would be a little tough to find something decent with fanned fret in this price range. I like what they are trying to do, I just wish the execution was better.
     
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    Albake21 "Just get a used Ibanez Prestige."

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    I mean hell, not to sound like an advertisement, but I have my RG752 with BKP Juggernauts for sale for only $780. They sell for so cheap compared to their new price. I totally agree that with the prices of used Prestiges, it makes zero sense to ever buy a new Iron Label.
     
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    Iron Labels have been nothing but a disappointment in terms of playability but god damn they look good
     
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    Albake21 "Just get a used Ibanez Prestige."

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    This so much. Ibanez, just make Iron Label Prestige models and they will sell like crazy.
     
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    There's a ceiling on the price that people seem to be willing to pay for Prestige 7s. Everytime they've done something with a fancy spec sheet it comes out just above that ceiling.

    The best bet for something like that would be a special dealer run.
     
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    AlexMg Ibanez Maniac

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    Yes, yes and yes again! if they quality was as good as on prestiges but with iron label visuals i never look at any other brand again! im getting an ibby 1527 prestige mij with a custom walnut body and sentient/nazgul set next week for 700$! it blows any new iron label out of the water any day of the week!
     
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    Albake21 "Just get a used Ibanez Prestige."

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    Nice! You'll have to post that.
     
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    Albake21 "Just get a used Ibanez Prestige."

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    I'm not asking for crazy specs, just look at the latest RG752 with the black Ash body. That's very Iron Label like and it's the same price as the other RG752s. They can easily stay in price, they just choose horrible designs.
     
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    Have you seen the current crop of Iron Label RGs and RGAs?

    It's all barf burst with figured tops, with some neck-through construction thrown in. All three of those shoot the prices on MIJ stuff way up.

    Like I said, the key is to go for shop runs. It keeps the price in check.
     
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