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I'll start off by saying i know a lot of people are not huge fans of ibanez and that's fine as its all a matter of personal preference.

I have owned many guitars over the years liked some and disliked others. I have come to realize a couple things,
I love telecasters, not a huge fan of Gibson they play very well, but after the honeymoon phase i tend to sell them as they don't get played. I believe this to be more of a scale issue, my fat little fingers tend to get along with the 25.5" scale more when i get down to doing chord inversions around the 9th to 12th fret, i just don't feel as cramped. I also prefer a wider nut width, 42mm + just feels a bit nicer. For fretboard radius my preference is around 12" however i don't mind any thing really from vintage fender 7.25" to Ibanez 17"

Back about 10 years ago i bought an RG350DX, The guitar was shit and could never set up the bridge properly or get the fret buzz out of the neck with having the action at a decent height, so the guitar rarely ever got played. However always liked the feeling of the neck, mainly the width (43mm) & the string spacing. I would like the neck a tad fatter but can play with the wizard necks with no issue.

So a couple weeks ago an Ibanez prestige 1570 popped up on kijiji at a decent price so i picked it up, hoping the higher end guitar would play better then my piece of crap. After about 3 weeks of having it i still cant put it down, and can say its everything i had hoped for. Set up the edge pro with minimal frustration, which was a huge plus.

Now i play a lot of metal and hardcore music but im not a huge fan of "Metal Guitars" look, which is why when the 1570 popped up i jumped all over it. The shape of an RG is still kinda metal though, not in an unbearable kind of way but its still metal.

Which got me thinking is there another guitar manufacturer that makes a guitar with the neck of an Ibanez (including string spacing and 25.5" scale) but with a body more like a telecaster with a hardtail bridge? Or would my best option be to piece together a partscaster and get a custom neck and take measurements to figure out the actual string spacing i like and then make a custom nut and go that route.

I kind of wanted to avoid the custom route as in my head an Ibanez neck on a Tele would be awesome but in actuality i may very well dislike it and would like to avoid wasting a couple hundred on a neck if i didn't have to.

Anyways let me know your thoughts and possibly any other guitars i should try so that i may finally find my holy grail of guitars. (I know this will never happen)
 

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Back in the late 80's Ibanez actually came out with a tele style guitar. Wizard neck on a tele style body with the 25.5"scale. I saw one for sale in the past month on either Ebay or Reverb. It does however come with a Floyd equipped bridge. Outside of that, Robin guitars had a nice tele but for the life of me I cannot recall the scale of those... I'm sure a quick google search would yield some information. ESP would be another option but only look for MIJ ones.
 

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Im currently have my eye out for an esp tele, but im sure the string spacing would be similar to fenders. Now im not sure how hard it would be to change the nut and adjust the bridge. there is this esp on reverb right now though, right now i don't have the cash hoping for my work bonus soon.

ESP 400 Series Telecaster 80's Japan - Sunburst
 

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The 400 series guitars are good quality, I have played the old strat models and own currently an ESP USA and an ESP Technical House that are fantastic. You can find them cheaper though if you hold out... Elderly Music in Michigan had one a couple months ago for $350 US that I just couldn't pull the trigger on (was saving for something else). If you can find a 48th Street ESP that would be another great option.

The Ibanez tele from the late 80's was known as a 580T or PRO 580T... they are somewhat hard to come by.
 

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Ibanez still makes tele styles. Check out the FR, talisman and roadstar series.
 

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I've played an Ibanez AG-95 Artcore series for 3 years. It was great for jazz. That and an Epiphone Les Paul were my two most played guitars - the Les Paul for rock/pop and the Ibanez for jazz. Going back and forth was always a change. Earlier I had a Gio series Ibanez and the neck was so thin!
 

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Check out the Jim Root tele. Very flat radius neck, mahogany body and jumbo frets. It won't be exactly like the Ibby neck, but it will be closer than most.
 

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i am now officially gassing on that charvel, its seems very close to what im looking for. Only thing i would prefer is more colour options. As for the jim root tele i have looked at it before, however i would like to have a tone knob. thanks guys for all the suggestions
 

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I am a huge Ibanez fanboy; have/had them all. Recently, I decided to branch out but am so used to the Ibanez profile. I picked up an SG. The one, in particular, was a special model from with a "slim neck." It is now my go to as I find the neck rivals my Ibanez guitars. I think it was a 2015 (got it during L&M Gibson month).

Gibson SG
 

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Have a mid 80's MIJ roadstar 2 and when you play it it feels the same as a Fender strat. You got to look down to tell the difference. Totally different than the wizard necks
 

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If you can find a used Ibanez RT, I think it would fit what you're looking for - looks like a fender, feels like an Ibanez
 

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Have a mid 80's MIJ roadstar 2 and when you play it it feels the same as a Fender strat. You got to look down to tell the difference. Totally different than the wizard necks
On my RSII, it's just a flatter radius. Very sweet neck.

I knew a guy that bought a neck off eBay that was a Fender modern C carve, but with very large frets. Amazing neck.
 
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