Different quality guitars in different countries (RG Prestige) is this possible?
My brother has an Ibanez RG 2550z Prestige bought in Romania, this guitar has been barely played, let's say in a year and a half it gets played one hour a month, and it's already showing signs of fret wear.
It never left the house, it's probably only the 3rd set of strings that's on it, including the one that came from the factory, and it's always been 9-42 Ernie Balls, so nothing heavy and nothing abrasive.
I had an Ibanez RG 270 bought from the UK, which I played a lot for 7 years and had no major fret wear...
My brother's main guitar is an SZ 520, which has been bought in Australia and is also 7 years old, again, no major fret wear...
He uses 9's on the SZ, but that guitar used to be mine so I used 10's and 11's for probably 4 years or so... without any noticeable fret wear
So is this possible that lower quality guitars are sold as premium guitars in different countries?
Acoustically and build wise the 2550 is pretty much awesome, but how come the frets wear off so quick?
You can't say it's a dud because the wood is awesome, and frets are frets, you don't have dud frets unless you make them out of a lesser alloy....
What is your opinion on this?