Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: California, USA
Re: Need help to choose a S5470
Well, they're close but definitely not the same. The Premium model will not only be produced by different workers (i.e., not quite as skilled on average), but it will also come with the "Premium Wizard" neck which, as you can see, sports a rounder radius and a thicker neck profile. In theory, a thinner neck and a flatter radius should facilitate faster playing and wider bends, while the rounder radius should make rhythm playing a bit easier.
How important are these differences? That's up to you to decide. Some might say that, with a blindfold on, no one would know the difference between a 17mm thick neck and an 18mm thick one, or a 400mm radius and a 430mm radius. Those who've owned both probably think a bit differently.