how are the necks on these? Any similarity to any ibanez necks?
You know? I'm trying hard to NOT be that "OMG, I just bought the greatest guitar in the world" guy. I can say that the fit and finish on this thing is impressive. The attention to detail is pretty eveident. Keep in mind, this is the first year that all "Non-USA" guitar production has been moved to Mexico. It's made right along side the MIM strats which, IMO, is a good thing.
The fretwork is pro-level without a single high wire or end sprout. The polish is good and very easily playable. The finish on the neck is an oil/wax finish that can only be described as "slippery". There's no resistance when moving up and down the neck. It's, IMO, identical in touch to a new Prestige with the "velvet touch"
The maple board looks and feels to be the same finish, but logic says it has to be something else. I truly don't know what it is, but again, there's no resistance when bending. The white binding is a little too square on the edge, but has a decent feel none-the-less. When I tear it down for a setup, I'll roll the edges over a little more.
The neck profile is somewhat "D" shaped and thin for a Jackson. I haven't measured it yet but I suspect it will come somewhere in the "Wizard II" range.
The big thing about the neck (for me) is exactly what I mentioned in elcid's thread about compound radius necks (http://www.jemsite.com/forums/f21/fr...us-135417.html
). While I can't "feel" the compound radius, it becomes pretty evident in my playing. Transitioning from the lower register to anything higher is easier and quicker to do. It's hard to describe, but I have a better "flow" on a compound radius than I do any of my other maple "flat"-boarded guitars.
Overall, my impression is that this is a VERY well made guitar that, apples-to-oranges, is as good as a new Prestige 6xx. It needs a good setup and is in desperate need of a neck shim. When I get into the guts of it, I'll get a much better look at how well it's actually put together. I'm really looking forward to that part.