Ibanez Guitars - J Custom And Prestige (the Top Of The Line), Are They Worth it?
Todd Simpson
Feb 21 2020, 02:59 AM
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As many of you know, I’m a BIG fan of Ibanez guitars. I’ve been playing them for years and they remain my fave. This is not to say that everything that they make is great. The fact is, they make a LOT of sub $500 guitars that are honestly not very good. Also, the nomenclature of their naming convention on various guitar models throws some people off. In addition, they continue to blur the line between their higher end Japanese guitar and their slightly cheaper guitars made outside of Japan. As a big fan of Ibanez I get asked a lot about which one would be a good choice. The good news is there are several that are worth owning and many that are very affordable. At the top end of the range, they run towards pricey. The top of the range are generally the J-Custom and Prestige line. (This does not include the Ibanez custom shop guitars which are considered prototypes built for artists in order to be able to make the artist happy and to serve as templates for “Signature” guitars)



THE TOP OF THE LINE - The J CUSTOM

The “J-Custom” series is considered the very top of the pile. These instruments a built only in Japan and are typically the work of a single luthier. They use the highest quality materials (exotic wood and inlays) that Ibanez has to offer. These guitars are usually expensive and are not easy to find and try out. The Jcustom line features very thin necks, many of which are the 17mm at the nut variety. This is the thinnest production neck Ibanez. Makes. It’s these wafer thin necks that make these guitars so easy to play. You can get a better price used than new of course. Many players honestly don’t think the Jcustom is worth the extra money compared to the next step in the line. The “PRESTIGE” series.





NEAR THE TOP OF THE LINE - THE PRESTIGE SERIES

The “PRESTIGE” line is thought of, by many, as the sweet spot. Where top quality wood and hand finished necks make the price of the instrument worth it. Buying a used prestige in good condition is a great investment. That is, if the guitar speaks to you. Otherwise, do not buy it. The Prestige line are also built in Japan. As many “Ibby snobs” can tell you, the best Ibanez guitars built in Japan. Others say, it’s just that the most expensive guitars are built in Japan. There is some truth in both statements. Prestige guitars tend to hold their value quite well and are always in demand. If you buy one, you will probably be able to get your money back out of it if you decide to sell it.


*These guitars are from a few years ago and they have managed to keep their value pretty well. A prestige in good shape can bring a great price upon resell.






QUESTION: Who owns or has ever owned a PRESTIGE or JCUSTOM? What was your experience? Was it worth what you paid?


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Kristofer Dahl
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Very nice axes, the orange:ish one looks incredible Cael!

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Feb 21 2020, 09:57 PM
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QUOTE (Kristofer Dahl @ Feb 21 2020, 09:51 PM) *
Very nice axes, the orange:ish one looks incredible Cael!


It's a limited edition run smile.gif Only 39 made.

"The RG752MFS is a spot model which was configured on behalf of some users of the Facebook group "Ibanez RG Series Fans" in conjunction with Killerburst Guitars which is the exclusive North American dealer for this model. It is believed that a total of 39 examples of the model were produced, with 12 being sold through Killerburst and the rest offered by select retailers primarily in Europe."

https://ibanez.fandom.com/wiki/RG752MFS

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Todd Simpson
Feb 22 2020, 04:36 AM
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Some Killer Ibby's on this page!! Very envious of BENS spot model! Only a few made it to Europe and he's got one of them! Spot builds are rare and precious things. Then again, just about any Prestige is a rare and precious thing IMHO smile.gif The necks are all still finished by hand by some of the best luthiers in the world and it's the neck that makes or breaks a guitar for me. I can tell in five seconds whether I'm going to like an axe or not just by playing a few bits.
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It's a limited edition run smile.gif Only 39 made.
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