Re: ibanez quality
from 1987-2002, MIJ RG is NOT all prestige model.
There is 'prestige line' from 1997 only for MIJ guitar that the level is slighly better than 'not prestige' or any other MIJ production guitars.
from 2003-now, all the MIJ especially RG is labeled as 'prestige'.
so what wikipedia says that prestige is available in 1987, maybe they trying to say that MIJ RG is available from 1987, which is true.. but not labeled as 'prestige'.
what makes 'prestige' as 'prestige' ?
at first, the prestige is only for guitar that have 'extra steps' in finishing, so they will feel different than stock guitars, such as RG 3120.
I'm not a big fan of this 'prestige' treatment at the beginning, a plain stock RG 550 from 2001 is good enough for me, no need prestige treatment on that too..
so, if from 2003, all MIJ RG labeled as prestige, they can be considered that they have the same treatment as what RG 3120 did.
personally? I don't care.
I love old school MIJ RG with check mark logo, 1 piece maple neck, same old EDGE/ lo pro. and so on...