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 #34170  by mkaufman
 Thu Jan 03, 2008 8:19 am

The problem is that Ibanez has lots of great vintage guitars which you most likely won't find in a retail store. There are some good new Ibanez guitars, like the Prestige line, however, they typically cost more than $1,000. For that money, I prefer to go with vintage Ibanez.


 #34175  by b weird
 Thu Jan 03, 2008 9:04 am
So is the bidding over?

 #34181  by st. stephen
 Thu Jan 03, 2008 10:13 am
yeah.....I didn't get it, it was sold for 618 Euro. But apart from the financial thing my main problem was that you have to get the guitar from the seller and he's living in the last bit of Austria, fuckin now-where land. It's so far in the east it's almost Russia =), so I couldn't get it really anyway...
I hope some day I'll get another opportunity to get such a guitar

 #35065  by pappypgh
 Thu Jan 17, 2008 8:28 am
Mick wrote:When I was looking at guitars last year, several people recommended Ibanez as a brand. As I recall, I played every model I could find for less than about $700 and didn't like any of them. Further discussions with local players revealed that you have to be willing to spend over $1000 to get a good Ibanez guitar, and that at that price level they are worth the money. For what it is worth, I didn't like any of the Fenders that were under $1000 either.
FWIW, I have a 1991 US Fender Stratocaster (prob cost ~$1200 new) and, as nices of a guitar as it is, there is hardly a comparison btwn it - made from ashe - and a beauty made from top quality wood. Of COURSE you gotta have great electronics, but I can't imagine a fine piece from great wood and a quality luthier would put subpar electronics in it. That guitar looked pretty cool. Ibanez is up & down - just like can find some REALLY nice ones and some clunkers.

I'm currently about a month away from having a CUSTOM GUITAR being finished...I simply cannot wait. I sold my Gibson ES335 for $2k and put it towards this beauty. You can see the up-to-date pictures of it at at the BOTTOM OF THE PAGE under "PAPPY'S NEW GUITAR". The Luthier is master builder of stringed instruments, SB MacDonald - - and he is the MAN. We decided on a PRS/LP design, whereby using a top piece of tiger maple (that I've had for 10 years hoping to have a guitar built from) and a mahogany back. BUT, because SB & I both knew that this piece of maple was too sweet to only use the typical 1/8" face, we went with a full 3/4" top piece...the tiger stripes cascade down the sides...hard to tell, as it hasn't been sprayed w/ the clearcoat yet...but MAN...when it's done!!!

I will be putting more photos up as I get 'em.

If you ever consider a custom - this guy is where it's at.

 #35087  by alcorelectric
 Thu Jan 17, 2008 3:37 pm
Take a look at the ibanez studio for sale on ebay well worth the current price


 #35091  by pappypgh
 Thu Jan 17, 2008 3:58 pm
Pretty sweet - bidding ends in an hour! Too bad the volume pot doesn't work....too bad I don't have the money, as I'd buy it! BUT....I'll have my day soon!!!

 #35917  by alcorelectric
 Mon Jan 28, 2008 7:14 am
Thought someone might be interested

ebay auction