In fairness to a line of axes I loathe, you didn't post enough data or facts to really support your claims. You buy the Premium if you have a strict budget, possibly don't want to buy used and don't mind the limitations of the Premiums. Clearly there is a market (now if the execution of Premiums and the models/designs chosen actually maximize said market that is another debate)...
Hello fellows, it was a long time since I wrote in this forum, but today I want to share my experience with the Ibanez "Premium".
This was the first low budget Ibanez I ever bought, I've always been afraid of them. And my fear was just what I was afraid of.
After unboxing, the guitar was totally unplayable, the bridge was way off and the intonation was the worst I had seen. All saddles was in exact same place so the guitar was not set up at all, just mounted from the factory! I spent a couple of ours to make it to a playable.
No surprise here. This falls on Ibanez, the distributor and dealer. What a horrible user experience upon unboxing the axe & plugging in but this can and will happen to any MIJ Ibanez too.
Other things that I felt was wrong is the pyramid inlays on the neck, they are way to big compared to the original, that's strange. I own an UV777P and I know what it should look like.
Not a reason in and of itself to avoid the Premiums though is it? You knew it wasn't the real UV7PWH before purchase.
I really dislike the Edge Zero 2 bridge, mostly the trem arm, but I modified it to have an original Edge trem arm instead, thanks from a tip from this forum, can't find the thread right now.
But any way I handover the bridge to a machine shop to slightly drill the hole a little bigger to fit the original edge trem arm holder. Important is to just drill 3mm down it the hole then everything fit like a glove.
OK the trem is certainly a reason to buy or not buy an axe but you knew the trem before purchase.
Conclusion: Do not EVER buy a Premium model, period!
To be helpful you should really review the drawbacks and post them coherently after more review. To me most annoying things about this axe to me is the trem, the white hue, the word premium on the headstock the cheap looking pickguard with black screws, the trussrod cover, the nut not matching the fb radius, etc. YMMV.