Prestige, or Indonesian with better pups?

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  1. Magnus Langslet

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    Serious dilemma I have here.
    I'm shopping for a new Ibanez, and I've pretty much narrowed it down to 2 guitars:
    1: An RGR Prestige, with DiMarzio Fusion Edge's and a hardcase (300 dollars more)
    2: An RGA Axion Label, with Bareknuckle Aftermath', no hardcase

    I also mentioned the hardcase, because it would be nice to have one. So, my question to you is; would you pick the less expensive guitar, without the quality benefits of a Prestige but with much better pickups? Or would you take the Prestige model, with a good hardcase and epic quality but with "meh" pickups? I'm asking here because I don't have anywhere to try these guitars before I order, I would really appreciate your feedback. :)
     
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    Go for the prestige. You can upgrade pickups later
     
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    I have thought about that, I'm not sure I will do it though. It's just that I've never done it before, and I don't have any experience with modding. Would you still go Prestige even without a pickup swap?
     
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    The prestige.
    Although I really like the new rga shape.
     
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    Prestige, easy
     
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    I don’t consider those pickups better, so easy choice for me. I’d never pick something solely on the pickups (even though I rarely change them). I’ve never played an Axion though personally, so I can’t comment on the quality there. I just know I don’t like BKPs at all and wouldn’t pay extra for them.
     
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    Interesting, most people say that the Bareknuckles are incredible. Do you have any experience with the Fusions? I've heard very mixed reviews on them.
     
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    Hmm, hard to say. I have/had Prestiges an Indo made Ibbies. The difference in quality isn't that big imo. Sure there are complaints about Indo Ibbies but so are there on Prestiges, albeit to a lot lesser extent.

    Personally I'd take the Prestige. Hardcase is a plus and the Axion are too tacky (or whatever) for my taste. But that is just personal opinion.
     
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    I wish I could just go to a store and feel the difference. Some people say it's big quality difference, some people don't. Might just "safe" it and go with the Prestige. And yes, the Prestige definitely does look more classy and sleek.
     
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    Prestige always. You can upgrade the pickups in the future if you don’t like the Fusion Edges (which are pretty solid actually), but you can’t upgrade the guitar itself if you don’t like the Axion quality. Prestige guitars also hold their value way better if you decide to sell it down the line.
     
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    Prestige.
     
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    Asking this question here is like asking should I have a cold nice drink or shoot myself in the foot?

    Can you play and test both? If yes take the one you like better.

    Cheers,
    Captain Obvious
     
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    Lol. Unfortunately I can't try any of them. Severe lack of music stores where I live, and the ones I've been in had a very little inventory. That's kinda why I'm asking on forums. I have a sneaking suspicion that I would prefer the feel of the Prestige though, because it's the most similar to my beloved Jem.
     
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    What does your gut say? Get that one.
     
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    Definitely leaning towards the Prestige.
     
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    Prestige
     
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    Prestige. period.
     
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    I guess we'll get a new Prestige NGD thread here.. :D
     
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    I hate the prestige hardcase, and I am one of the rare guys who will tell you that some Indos (especially the higher end Premiums) can be better than some Prestiges, especially some questionable recent Prestiges. The RGA shape is also very nice. And yet, in this particular case and buying sight unseen, go for the prestige if you can afford it.
     
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    You have your answer.
     

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