Which Baritone? Ibanez RGIB6 or PRS SE Mike Mushok?

Discussion in 'Extended Range Guitars' started by soundbase, Apr 24, 2019.

  1. soundbase

    soundbase SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    23
    Likes Received:
    5
    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2018
    I'm am deciding between two Baritones. I can get a new Ibanez RGIB6 for $485, or I can get a used PRS SE Mike Mushok Baritone for $430? Which model would you go for?

    I have read good things up about both, so hard decision. Guess the one big thing is the RGIB6 with EMG's vs the Stock passives on the PRS. I haven't used Actives yet, so don't even though if I'm a hater or not. Also the guitars are online, so I cant even try them to compare.

    I'm wanting to tune down to Drop G, so the 28inch on the RGIB6, and the 27.7-inch on the PRS will help in getting me there with good tension and hopefully no intonation issues.

    Any feedback would be much appreciated.
     
  2. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire thy fart is murder

    Messages:
    11,854
    Likes Received:
    9,493
    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2015
    Location:
    MN, USA
    Either are good choices but I find that low-mid tier ibbys are very much "try before you buy" guitars, much more so than most SE PRS. I would personally avoid the RGIB6 unless the seller has a good return policy (in case you end up not liking the guitar). The only other quibble would be that if you dislike the EMGs it's a bit more work to swap them out for passives or other brands of actives like fishmans.

    The PRS mushok is a great guitar imo, I love mine. It's got a beefier neck than the ibby, where the mushok feels like a chunky D shape, and the RGIB6 is more of a wizard shape neck.
    The mushok tends to sound a bit darker/growlier with the stock passives. The stock passives are actually pretty good imo, but they're easy to swap out/sell if you don't end up digging them. The hardware is good quality but nothing amazing. The stock bridge is pretty comfy imo though.
    I've got a pretty bare bones demo vid of the stock pickups if you're interested.
     

    Attached Files:

    MerlinTKD likes this.
  3. soundbase

    soundbase SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    23
    Likes Received:
    5
    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2018
    Thanks for the video share. Great to hear a raw demo of the PRS Mushok. Definitely leaning more towards this.
     
  4. The Spanish Inquisition

    The Spanish Inquisition Unexpected

    Messages:
    2,221
    Likes Received:
    427
    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2012
    Location:
    Utrecht
    I'd go with the Mushok, purely because I used to have one and I almost regret selling it. The Mushok has better features, and overall better build quality. The stock passives in the Mushok are fine as well, I used to have a DiMarzio D-Activator the bridge because it lacked a bit of clarity, but that is entirely dependant of your rig. The shoddy QC from the Ibanez Iron Label series put me off massively from that side of the equation.
     
  5. WiseSplinter

    WiseSplinter SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    483
    Likes Received:
    111
    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2011
    Location:
    Cape Town - South Africa
    Low G is absolutely doable, even on shorter scales. You probably don't need the 28 but it would be nice :)

    I've not played a Mushok for longer than a few minutes so I can't really comment on that one, but a friend had a RGIB6 that I spent some time with and it was very nice.
    He had it tuned down to E (to mirror his bandmate who was using an 8 string) and it performed perfectly well. It had been set up by a pro though, for what its worth.

    Good luck!
     
  6. Bearitone

    Bearitone SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    3,769
    Likes Received:
    1,175
    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2013
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    I’d pick the RGIB for that thin neck but, i haven’t tried either.
     
  7. diagrammatiks

    diagrammatiks SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    2,544
    Likes Received:
    2,135
    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2010
    Location:
    china
    How many frets do you need.
     
  8. Chris Bowsman

    Chris Bowsman SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    321
    Likes Received:
    154
    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2010
    Location:
    Springfield, Ohio
    Recently got a SE Custom 24. It’s an absurdly nice guitar, hits way above its price range. If I was shopping for a bari 6, I’d be looking hard at the PRS. Really interested in the newer 7 string.
     
  9. HeHasTheJazzHands

    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

    Messages:
    24,474
    Likes Received:
    6,401
    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2011
    Location:
    Louisiana
    The Ibanez has a higher chance to be a lemon, and the PRS needs some work before it's a great guitar (nut and pickups).

    I'd say get the Mushok. Even though you need to get upgrades, it'll still be a great guitar.
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.