Re: Ibanez Premium vs Prestige necks
I have a bunch of Premiums and loads of Prestige.
I can't really say that I feel any consistent quality difference between them.
Premium are, sort of, a prestige guitar built in a country where labour is much cheaper than in Japan.
The tremolos on premium are, probably, gone wear out faster. But so far has it been perfect, stays in tune very well (actually better than any Ibanez trem without a zero system I have tried). The fine tuners are a bit tuff to turn sometimes, but hey, I am Rambo with fine tuners :-)
The pickups are a step down (and I changed mine) but I have done gigs and studio work with them and no one complained about my bad pickups.
I used a Premium RG for a 4 month playing job, gigs six days a week.
It was my main guitar together with a LACS FR and I can't say that one was behaving any better than the other. They both delivered every day with no problem at all.
Have not noticed that the frets wear out any faster than other frets.
I think they are the most bang for the buck Ibanez ever built.
But with all that said, I would still get a good prestige if I could afford it.
Just because it makes me feel good and that I somewhere deep down inside want to belive that it is better :-)
But I would change pickups in any prestige out there too.