Originally Posted by yearn_for_change
Funny how Premium is not always premium when it comes to finishing.
On my local shop there was S970CW...and just above the neck there was actually a small green paint drop present. But still so big you could easily spot that on the otherwise stunning surface.
In Japan I doubt they would have never let that guitar go out of factory like that. Even all Korean made S series I've seen were perfect finished when it comes to body paint and surface.
A Premium RG827Z-BK costs £600.
The Prestige RG2627ZE, costs £1200.
A Premium RG870Z costs £550.
The Prestige RG1570 costs £800.
If you're going to complain about finish blemishes on guitars costing practically half as much, which have all-but identical playability to the higher end models, (In fact, every premium I've ever played has been more smooth and buttery than my Prestige S2170FW), then I think you're just going to find something to complain about regardless.
They're much cheaper, and most everything important about them is as good as the higher end models. They have hardened knife edge bridges, they have rounded fret ends (Which prestige instruments have never had, this used to be a J Custom feature), they have wood binding and quilt maple tops available (Which the Prestige RG line still does not), and they play and sound damned good.
Something has to give to hit the pricepoints, and those things are:
Finishing (Which is still ****ing good, just not absolutely perfect on 100% of guitars)
Pickups (But those can be changed. In fact, the Chapman M1 originally came with the worst pickups possible, to promote player customisation)
No intonation tool on the bridge
No gotoh tuners. (But they're mostly locking bridges, so this is inconsequential).
Fact is, the Premiums are everything people have been asking for from Ibanez since basically forever, and there's nothing to bitch about from what I can see.