PRS Vs Ibanez?

Discussion in 'Standard Guitars' started by sevenstringgod, Dec 29, 2009.

Ibanez or PRS?

  1. Ibanez

    47 vote(s)
    46.5%
  2. PRS

    54 vote(s)
    53.5%
  1. sevenstringgod

    sevenstringgod SS.org Regular

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    Just wondering which brand is superior in terms of build quality, and building a better instrument overall Ibanez or PRS? Think CE, Standards and Customs, both 22 and 24's Vs S, SV and RG prestige models. :idea:
     
  2. MaxOfMetal

    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    As far as build quality goes, a Custom 24 or 22 will be better than a Prestige RG, S, or SV, though you certainly pay for it.

    Though, you do realize those guitars are vastly different, on just about every single level possible?

    I will say that a J-Custom Ibanez is on par with PRS, easily.
     
  3. sevenstringgod

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    Yeah, it's like comparing apples to oranges really, but my question really is about which are better built, and feel more like an instrument as a whole. I'd go with Ibanez all the way, the vibe is completely different to that of a PRS, but in a good way.
     
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    I'd say it pretty much depends on what you are planning to play with it. While PRS makes great sounding guitars with great playability and I truly love my Custom 24, I would highly recommend to go Ibanez or other brands, if you are planning to play stuff that involves a lot of whammy use, as the PRS tremolos aren't really designed for huge divebombs and will be out of tune rather quick.
     
  5. MaxOfMetal

    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    As far as build quality (fit/finish, woodworking, fret work, quality of woods used, quality of components, etc.) PRS, on average, are of a higher standard, concerning their genuine USA built instruments such as the Custom, Standard, and Eagle series guitars. While the Japanese made Ibanez Prestige series, simply can't match the American PRS'. It's not about vibe or preference. It's pretty much fact.

    As far as "feel more like an instrument as a whole", that's about preference. I've never played a PRS that really offered me much of what I want in a guitar, regardless of amazing quality. On that level, I'm an Ibanez guy all the way.

    In essence, your poll is flawed. Why? Because half of it is fact, and the other is simply down to personal preference.
     
  6. sevenstringgod

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    Well I guess now the question should be which do you prefer Ibanez or PRS? lol.

    And looking at the poll, I'm guessing people are voting by preference. That's good keep the votes coming.
     
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    In the high end PRS vs. Ibby Prestige lines? PRS. This really doesn't require a poll. Private Stock vs. J-Customs might be another thing entirely, and probably would prove a wash... but so far as regular quality lines go: Mr. Smith.

    Thing is, if you want fast feel, double-locking trems, seven & eight string options, etc. on your models... well... there's a reason Ibanez is so popular here.
     
  8. I_infect

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    Different beasts, but I voted PRS.
     
  9. TemjinStrife

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    Totally different guitars; but I've played Ibanez high-end, and PRS SEs through higher-end stuff, and there's no comparison. PRS provides a higher quality product, with better woods, attention to detail, finishing, and electronics.

    I also prefer the wide-fat neck to the Wizard, but that's a personal preference.
     
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    I vote for PRS on quality standpoints. Whether or not that works for you is your choice. Both are fantastic in that range - do what you can to try out both.
     
  11. JeffFromMtl

    JeffFromMtl Уродливый, но честны

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    I've never played an Ibanez that compared to any of the PRS's I've played. But I've also never been able to afford any of the PRS's I've played.
     
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    As far as fit and finish goes, I couldn't honestly vote PRS, whatever the price. Some of the stuff I've seen on guitars they charge upwards of £2300 for is shocking.
     
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    i voted Ibanez! i love their high end RGs =) and i've played a Custom 24 from the 20th anniversary and it felt like nothing special...
     
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    Probably because you've been playing ibby's for a while, and prefer everything about ibby's ;)

    "which one feels more like an instrument" - what? That's ludicrous dude, both brands products will feel like instruments... :scratch:

    I'd probably go PRS. I don't plan on voting, because this is one of our million "which do you prefer? let's make a preference vote to prove which is "better"!"

    They both make good guitars. They're both overpriced. They both appeal to various players. End of story.
     
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    I can't even vote on this unfortunately. I've had both and depending on what I'm playing each is great. I've had great Ibbys and bad ones, though even the bad ones weren't THAT bad. My SE Santana was a great guitar, thought it had some sharp fret ends.
     
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    I'm one of the biggest Ibby fans around and I'm still going to vote for PRS, haha.. I just get Ibanez guitars more often because of the price, but as long as a PRS is set up properly, everything about it is amazing. The tone is just... its got it going on.
     
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    TBH i dont like either hahaha. none of the above option ?
     
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    well I'll attempt to use logic and my knowledge to give a scorecard or sorts with reasons as to who wins what argument, starting with the headstock and working my way down to the other end. for comparison purposes I'm using each respective brand's best known instrument (the PRS custom 24 and the Ibanez RG)

    headstock/tuners: ibanez has a straight string path over the nut, but has a larger headstock (resonance killer IMO) and if you want locking tuners you'll need to purchase aftermarket ones. but an ibanez headstock is a three/five piece laminate while the prs is single piece (warping resistance due to the laminate construction is better due to this).

    prs has a better design and locking tuners, but the ibanez has a totally straight string path with a better construction method. this one's a draw

    necks: prs has options on what neck carve, ibanez does not (any RG neck profile is based off of one shape and doesn't have distinct differences). however, ibanez necks have multi ply construction making them superior (warp resistance/stability . .etc). ibanez also has some form of AANJ leading to superior upper register access while the block heel on the prs is cumbersome and hinders it.

    while prs has more than one neck profile available, ibanez has multi ply neck construction and better access to all registers (not here to debate if it's used or not, it's something tangible that can be objectively scored) so one point for ibanez

    bodies: if the two being compared were to have identical necks, then the prs has more total frets completely clear of the body.

    while the neck heel would normally hinder the fret access as I stated for the necks, if I eliminate that from the comparision and give the guitars the same neck then the frets being clear of the body is an advantage to the prs. point for them

    hardware (pickups, switches, trems, bridges. . that sort of thing): both have proprietary hardware but ibanez hardware is more familiar and is closer to what normally goes on guitars (edge trem can be worked on like an OFR, and can be used like an OFR without having to learn anything new). prs takes a hit because they introduced something proprietary that didn't catch on (their rotary pickup selector) and requires a second thought on how to use (even if it's not a very big second thought)

    in regards to pickups the ibanez HSH setup is better as it gives you more options but the V series pickups aren't well matched to the guitar's bodywood. prs may have fewer options but their pickups are much better suited to the guitar that they're in. this one's even

    in regards to trems (or hardtails as the case may be) ibanez wins big here. in the trem department, a double locking trem will always win out over something more vintage in design as it can stay in tune better and allow a far greater useful range. in addition, you can't get the custom 24 with a hardtail brige (to the best of my knowledge).

    ibanez offers a superior trem as well as the option of a hardtail so they get the point here

    in the end, ibanez scored more points ergo they're the better guitar. I did put personal preferences aside and tried to be as objective as possible so if there's anything that might see a hint of personal bias then let me know so I can adjust this
     
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    This has to be a joke thread, given Ibanez' horrible QA issues and incredibly flawed design compromises.

    PRS is orders of magnitude superior to any of Ibanez' regular lines. J-Custom and LACS are probably equivalent, but nothing else that Ibanez offers will come close in terms of build quality, attention to detail, wood quality, etc. It's like comparing a Dodge to a Rolls Royce.

    If you're looking for something that's at the PRS level, but still offers a ton of player options, I suggest Carvin. In this case, the comparison becomes Rolls Royce vs Maybach, which is at least in the same ballpark.
     
  20. stuz719

    stuz719 Stoic. With a small "s".

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    :scratch:

    PRS are also orders of magnitude more expensive, generally speaking, so I guess your argument holds some water - but perhaps we should compare the lower-end Ibanez to the SE series, and the Prestige to the Customs? We'll leave Private Stock aside...

    Not sure about this... the whole nature of the Carvin "player options" is that until it's delivered you can't know if you've bought a pig in a poke.

    I think you could have put your post more succinctly by saying "I like Carvin guitars".
     

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