In the market for a new guitar, looking for advice/opinions

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  1. Legion

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    I JUST realized what I dislike about PRS SE's and S2's....the damn bevel. If it were a regular carved/arched top like a full PRS I'd jump on it but that bevel just completely kills it for me
     
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    I just noticed that these have the old style neck joint. How much of a hindrance is it to upper fret access?
     
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    teqnick The only person that liked the new Faceless album

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    used rga121 and never look back
     
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    There is a bit, but it's easy to get used to if you're used to the Ibanez AANJ or neck thru guitars. I doubt you're gonna play 6th string 24th fret so it's not all that bad. Go try an Ibanez, even used one, with that old square heel and decide for yourself.
     
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    Sorry, but for me, the original neck joint is a deal-breaker. Unless you have big hands/long fingers, it's a hindrance. AANJ only for me. Personally, I bought a Desert Yellow RG20th back in 2007 and sold it after 1 month. IMO, the V7/V8 pups suck (but that can be changed), and I didn't care for the Edge trem (prefer low-profile), but the biggest issue for me was the neck joint.

    OP - too bad you don't like SEs, I was going to suggest the Holcomb model. $899 with one of the best shredding necks I've ever played, his sig. Duncan Alpha/Omega pups (with coil tap), hardtail, etc.
     
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    In your price range, I'd consider Schecter's stuff. Some of their older models can be found for good prices too, and they're solid.
     
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    How is the Ibanez Prestige RG652FX? I can pick one up used for ~900 bucks. Seems like a pretty solid instrument. Should I?
     
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    I thought that for awhile, but now the ibanez i use most is my 550 and that has the old neck joint. I only have 1 with the AANJ and That's my RGR580.
     
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    Bump: Ibanez RG652FX Prestige worth it? seems like a LOT of people selling it for really good prices
     
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    If you dont like the 521 colors the 652s are good guitars with a few different colors.
     
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    What I worry is the block heel on the 521. Aside from that, the 521 and 652 seem to be nearly identical guitars. 652 also comes with two fantastic DiMarzios stock (and the Air Norton, which comes stock in the neck position of the 652, is a personal favourite of mine).
     
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    Yeah, they're great. The workhorse of the Prestige line, and a great modding platform.

    But, I'm one of those dudes who would buy multiples of the RGA121, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a hardtail, carved-top superstrat. The VLF and NTF colors are the ones that have a ~.5" maple cap on mahogany, and those are KILLER. If I ever find the natural one it'd be my third!
     
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    RGA121's seem nice, but I'm not a fan of the natural wood look really. The 652 is really checking all the boxes right now so there's a good chance I'll click "buy" in the next 24 hour haha. Thank you for your input, you guys have all be wonderfully helpful!
     
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    Damn, that would be amazing if not for the archtop. I wish Schecter would use their other body style, like the Merrow MII more. I wonder if the Hipshot would make the edge of the body dig into your arm less than a TOM bridge....
     
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    Man, that is the MAIN reason to get those guitars, lol. That is a feature, not a hindrance. I dont like archtop guitars. Flat top + bevel is MUCH more comfortable. The edge of the body on every archtop always digs into my forearm, which is annoying, but also causes my hand to go numb after awhile.
     
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    You know, I recently tried some of these because I thought I would love them, but they just didn't click. I think the neck is a little too thick on them for me, which is weird, because I have been going for thicker, rounder necks lately.

    However, I did LOVE the newer CE24's. They play very smooth, and still have the beveled top. I can see one in my future one day. I picked up a SE Floyd though instead... because I wanted one. :) And it was cheaper...
     
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    To be fair though, I am digging the V7-V8s in my 550. I dont know what Ibanez did but they are useful pickups now. I think it's also my settings though as I really push the mids hard so I think that might soften some of the shrillness in them, not sure.
     
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    I just picked one up and am very impressed! It is a quality instrument :)
     
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    What's the fretwork like? rough fret ends?
     
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    Fretwork is great, plays very smooth. I will say the pickups are pretty chill to what I'm used to. They sound great for everything, but need a little boost for death metal for example
     

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