New Ibanez semi-custom series incoming

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  1. Vyn

    Vyn Not a Sparkly Vampire

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    I don't know what it's like in the states however over here using the 2027XL as an example, there's nothing else with that feature set and quality even remotely at the street price of a 2027XL. Even new, a barebones Prestige is still awesome value.
     
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    Me neither mate I'm from Scotland :lol:

    Yeah I guess I am comparing it to other guitars I own or have owned. Inflation and brexit have really fucked things here, I have a suhr modern I didnt psy much more for than the 2027.
     
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    I have a feeling they're going to hit their output limit with orders with just people who actually do like the tree of life.

    I've always been pretty indifferent about it but the ToL on my j.custom looks realllly good. It's got a billion colors in it and the rest of the guitar is black so it balances nicely.
     
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    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    Truthfully, I'm not into the ToL either, or the Vine, but if it wasn't popular with folks who actually buy JCs on the regular I don't think we'd see so many dealer runs with it.

    As for output, you're probably right. Sugi is by no means a large operation.
     
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    I feel like I'm the only person who doesn't hate the ToL inlay lol. I don't LOVE it, but I'd have no complaints with being forced to order it.
     
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    ThePIGI King Ibanez Enthusiast

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    I love it. Absolutely love the way it looks. Same with the vine. Every time I'm about to pull the trigger in a JC, my car has issues or whatnot, or else I'd regularly post pics of the tree so you can all bask in its glory.
     
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    Ordacleaphobia Shameless Contrarian

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    Same, save for the vine. Really not a fan.
    After my EQ gets finished up next year a J.Custom is next on my list. I just wish they made a fixed-bridge 6 with a Tight-End bridge. They have a 7, but AFAIK they've never made one in a 6. Oh well. Semi-custom shop, you say? Question mark? S-series maybe?

    Christ this company has such a death grip on my wallet.
     
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    For me, the tree of life inlay started to lose it's luster with inlay stickers.

    Like...just google "tree of life inlay", and the top 5 results are stickers.

    And what really took them down a peg what when I bought a $4 set and put them on my $200 nylon string guitar. :lol:

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    Seabeast2000 lifetime novice Contributor

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    Would a monkey grip be appropriate or am I mixing model lines? If so, please?
     
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    Kind of agree- it's a shame the stickers always come out so poorly too. They're always too thick and blocky looking.
    I got a nicer set for my RGA7 but even with more high-dollar decals they still look super fake :lol:
     
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    Kaura biding his time

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    I think the ToL really compliments the guitars with nice figured tops like J.customs in most cases have but all I want is a solid color finish with a plain fretboard.
     
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    If Ibanez are offering a ‘semi’ custom shop the only question I need answering is “swirls?”.
     
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  13. Albake21

    Albake21 "Just get a used Ibanez Prestige."

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    If you want a swirl you're honestly better off just buying a cheap used prestige and having someone swirl it for you. Way cheaper and maybe even better depending on who's doing it.
     
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    "has to have the tree of life inlays"

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    Doubtful. There's so few guys doing swirls, and even fewer doing good swirls, I can't imagine it being cost effective for Ibanez to offer them, as much as I love swirls.
     
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    Swirls + TOL seems a bit like wearing zebra and leopard print clothing together.

    Or taking a Ferrari and adding a landau roof.

    In short, it seems like...a lot.
     
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    I'm just saying that if Ibanez want my hard earned cash, the're going to have to do more than flame maple tops with a typical stain job. I don't mind the ToL (but I prefer the vine on the JEM) but when it comes to finish, I need something more than Diet-PRS.
     
  18. MaxOfMetal

    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    Not without Steve Vai's blessing.

    Even then, with Herc gone (RIP) and Thorn exclusive to Fender, not to mention Darren J. not being on speaking terms with Hoshino, the likelihood is pretty much nil.
     
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    Did the limited edition black and White RGs swirled in Japan have anything to do with Steve?

    They seemed far removed from the previous Vai series swirls to me and if memory serves were done by the same team that did the original MKRs.

    As I said though, I’m not really insistent on swirls, but I Do want something more than a few PRS-lite see through finishes on maple.
     
  20. MaxOfMetal

    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    He gave his blessing for the RG20051, yes, as it was to be a limited edition. At least that's what I was told awhile back.

    The MKR and supposedly the later RG20051 were done by a small shop/art house in Japan that I don't believe is around anymore.

    Fun fact: the original MKR swirls were so bad that it almost soured Ibanez and Vai's relationship.

    They very well could offer swirls, but I don't think it's likely, for a number of reasons.
     
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