Ibanez NAMM 2020

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    I remember a time when you could buy a Prestige for around 1400€ and I'm not even that old.

    Edit: I get the feeling these are the norm. BkP's, special hardware, a cool, artsy finish,.. they all add up.
     
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    The last prestige I bought brand new cost me $849USD hard currency.
     
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    Hey, if they're as bulletproof as the Fujigen stuff more power to them- that definitely looks like an $1800 guitar. It'd be nice if they actually used the tight-end R, but you know, whatever.
    I've been hearing that the Premium line has been getting tighter and tighter these last couple years. If they're on parity with Fujigen these days or at least close to it I have no issue with them charging that kind of dosh, it's just a question of if.
     
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    It's the norm, I remember when you could by a top of the range Japanese JEM for that much, I think the first FP I saw advertised in a magazine was £1099! ... but I AM that old.
     
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    The cheapest Presitge (RGR652AHBF) I purchased new last year was around $1200USD. Last time I saw prices less than $1k USD new was over ten years ago
     
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    yeah that's insane pricing for a premium. You can still get prestiges under 1800 usd allllllllll day, either used or new
     
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    RG550 $999 and call it a day
     
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    Not to mention a used USA Jackson in any shape you want with money left over for pickups of your choice, lots of new E-IIs, pre-Prestige MIJ Ibanez for a quarter of the price—the list of better ways to spend $1,800 on a guitar is very long when it comes to this one.
     
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    Ya people buy a lot of these. In the facebook groups premiums and iron labels and axions ngd all the time. hardly ever see prestige ngds anymore.
     
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    The trend has been off buying for specs vs. quality for a long time now.
     
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    Although the Prestige Uppercut with around the same specs was 2500. Is this price really that far off from where it should be.
     
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    I don't think the price on any of these pricier Indo builds is that egregious in itself.

    I just think there are better options, from a quality standpoint, in the lineup, which makes these seem pretty bad to some.

    Personally, I'd rather grab an understated Prestige than a blinged out Premium/Iron Label/Axion Label whatever.

    Want quality? Grab a lower spec Prestige.
    Want specs? Grab a fancier Indo.
    Want both? The Prestige 5k models or JCs.

    Something for everyone. Folks just tend to get worked up just because something they don't like exists. It becomes a target where the attitude is "they don't make exactly what I want because they make that".
     
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    Exactly. They don't make a grey metallic satin prestige rga7 with a lo pro and dimarzios. They instead waste everybody's time with all this premium iron axxxion label crap.
     
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    Eh. Folks have no problem buying lower quality LTDs or Schecters or whatever fly-by-night Chinese rip off of the above.

    But they seem to be plenty happy.

    Besides, for most guitar is a hobby, not a lifestyle. Not everyone wants to spend $3k+ on a guitar. If they even have that kind of disposable income.
     
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    Yes, exactly!
    Get rid of the DiMarzios and I'm on board! :D
     

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