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  • Indonesian Ibanez guitars.

    Hey everyone, new to the guitar forum here. I am looking at 3 guitars right now. They are the Ibanez RG1XXV, RG3570Z, and an LTD Snakebyte. I'm going to pull the trigger on the 28th.

    I'm extra curious about the RG1XXV but I'm not sure about the quality on newer Ibanez guitars. Since they've moved from Korea I'm a bit leery on consistency. I know what to expect out of Korean LTD guitars. I am also fairly confident in the Ibanez Prestige line. The Prestige line has it's price tag, though. The Snakebyte isn't much more expensive than the RG1XXV and has an ebony board plus ships in a case.

    So what does everyone think? Any input on any of the models is greatly appreciated.
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    They have been making guitars in Indonesia for quite some time. Ibanez is known for good quality in the $300 and up range.
    Besides being a guitar player,
    I'm a big fan of the guitar.
    I love that damn instrument.
    -Steve Vai

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    • #3
      i just bought a used RG2EX1 and it's alright. it does it's job for a $150 instrument.
      There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge." - Isaac Asimov, Newsweek (21 January 1980)

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      • #4
        The ones I tried were their 'Premium' models, and I thought they were pretty much 'meh' and ridiculously overpriced ($900+) for what they were. YMMV.

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        • #5
          My current #1 is a Korean RGT42. I remember when those got slammed because they weren't from Japan. If they've been manufacturing reliable guitars for more than 5 years I won't even blink about it. I just want an obnoxious neon guitar to shred on.
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          • #6
            I don't know about the current Ibanez models (my experience with them is all MIJ and it's all good) but Yamaha makes some very fine guitars in Indonesia - especially when you factor in the reasonable prices.

            I would be confident that Ibanez will not disappoint.
            the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes

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            • #7
              I have 2 newer Indonesian Ibbys. An S420 and an RG350M. Both are solid guitars with no quality issues at all. The pickups are not as bad as people claim either.
              "You won't like me when I'm angry because I back up my rage with facts and documented sources" ~ The Credible Hulk

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              • #8
                I have an LTD bass made in Indonesia and it's exceptional, but it weighs a freaking ton! Great tone and excellent attention to detail though. 4 piece ash body, one piece maple neck:




                My son has an LTD KH602 made in Korea. I would say that the two are pretty much equal in terms of build quality and component quality.

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                • #9
                  Buy cheap, invest in a setup.

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                  • #10
                    I have an Ibanez Prestige RGA 121 that I am thinking about selling on here for $475 shipped. Great guitar,
                    great trades with: dixie789456, downer01,norton666 and over 200 positive feedbacks on Ebay.

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                    • #11
                      Buy cheap, invest in a setup.


                      Kinda wondering about the RG3XXV then. There doesn't seem to be a $500 difference to me on paper plus I don't really care for the shark tooth inlays.
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                      • #12
                        Buy cheap, invest in a setup.


                        This is good advice especially if you can do your own. Since I recently learned how to do fretwork I can make most any guitar a good to great player.
                        "You won't like me when I'm angry because I back up my rage with facts and documented sources" ~ The Credible Hulk

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                        • #13
                          I have an Ibanez Prestige RGA 121 that I am thinking about selling on here for $475 shipped. Great guitar,


                          Not very obnoxious but a great deal. If you still have it on my buy date I'd give it some consideration.
                          Good deals: desceneisvals, pfindeis (x2), jes89, timbow27, uOpt, DirtyBird, durs836, thelorddread, baja85, rohr28, yem (x2), rockapede, 02-fatboy, Shamdog, NixerX, jimmyjameb0, ryanougrad, dschofielld, sgboy, fxloop, julianstoked, dmc69, ameede

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                          • #14
                            Bought a real nice Ibanez Prestige RG for $1,300 some years ago. Played it for a year and thoroughly enjoyed it. I had a friend with a simple Indo RG 3EX1 that he installed dimarzio's in. I played it a few times and was amazed how nice it played and how it sounded. The guitar sustained really well. I kept trying to convince myself that the Prestige RG I had bought was better, but in the end I just knew that I liked the RG3EX1 more. Finally I offered to buy the RG from him and eventually I just stopped playing my Prestige. I then later sold the guitar and now that Indo RG is still my #1 and I have been through a LOT of guitars.

                            Maybe I just got REALLY lucky with the wood they used or something, but it definitely opened my eyes.
                            Guitars: Godin Session CB, Larrivee D-05, Ibanez RG, Hagstrom Swede
                            Amps/Cabs: Fargen Miniplex MKII, Egnater Tweaker, Fender Mustang III, Mills Afterburner 4x12

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                            "Hi, I'm Yesterday...and today I am looking for Tomorrow"- Maina

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                            • #15
                              I rescently got turned on to the G&L Tributes and they were fantastic Indonesian made guitars right out of the box. But after setting them up to my taiste, they are my go to guitars now.
                              I like Z Cars
                              and Guitars

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