I agree with what RGTFanatic (Ryc) said.
This is exactly what worries me. I saw the thread on here by panix, is a real worry they could let guitars go from QC like that. I have had 4 premiums and 2 iron labels, only have 1 of each now because of just really "meh" feeling guitars.
I haven't played a 70P for more then 2 seconds so will obviously have to go look at one first.
I was hoping the issues with panix's one was a one of but maybe there is more underlying issues with all the premiums? I haven't had issue like he had, more just dead feeling guitars or fret/binding and overall QC issues.
I fully understand your worries.
Even in my darkest hours of despair, which was in the beginning when I was still angry and worried and still "learning" the Ibanez tricks/setup/configuration, which is different than anything I had, the wood on mine sounded too good to have let it go. Even when I was determined about asking a replacement (which might very well have the same problems), I didn't shoot for a prestige but rather for the same guitar. Having HSH pup configuration is hard to find in other 7-string models. Not to mention supreme fretwork, great tone, great harmonics and great sustain all over (except the last 2 frets on high strings which fall to 3.5 -> 3 seconds).
If this guitar didn't have the neck mounting issues and the slanted neck pup as a consequence ... (still not sure if those two were connected), it would be a guitar I would never mod. The only mods I did were (difficulty 1->5) :
- fixing the neck body joint, by replacing also the neck screws (easily but took me a lot of research to get there) ( 3.5 )
- fixing the slanted neck pickup (3)
- replaced locking nut bolts and saddle screws with steel ones (1)
- did the medical rubber tubing trem springs mod (1)
- added a little weight onto the trem block to enhance sustain on last frets (which I dont know if it made any difference) (1)
If I had a tech that would trust (but there is no such thing where I live) and could pay e.g. 100 EUR for all this, without needing to know the details I would do it in a heartbeat.
I still believe my problems were *in the price*. I bought this new for 890 EUR, which was far lower than the average euro price : 1200 EUR. Maybe it was returned by some seller and the smart asses in Ibanez Germany sold it to Thomann.de where I bought from, I will never know. Needless to say, Thomann.de was absent from my whole adventure, I sent them the guitar only to return it to me in the same condition. I did the heavier fixing myself, with the help of RGTfanatic, Take a Ride (thanx Jesse), Apollo, and Shalipur with whom I exchanged a lot of messages and guided me very carefully.
So even in the worst case scenario, this can easily be transformed to a fantastic instrument.
If you are close to buying one, I would gladly give you a full listing of things to check, measurements, clearances, and everything that would guarantee it is a flawless guitar. Or at least assess the amount of setting up it will need afterwards.