I'd get the S1XXV over the RG1XXV any day..
Straight Indo over Premium? I sure wouldn't, not unless I just had to have an S.
The finish is perfect on this S1XXV, no black dots like the RG1XXVs I saw at GC..
10 RG1's, 've seen 1 tine 1/2mm black dot on the back of one. If there's a batch out there that 2 of you have claimed to see, it's not the norm.
The neck is 3pc maple, not 5pc with the walnut sticking up, like the RG1XXVs I saw at GC.
Only some of the RG1XXVs will have that neck problem, I bet.
If you can play an RG1XXV before buying it, then you would know what quality the neck is or not...
We already went through this, it was walnut grain. There are no "protruding" walnut strips and if you can prove to me there was I'll eat my hat [chocolate preferred]
The RG1XXVs seem to be hit and miss from what I've seen and read online...
Rejection rate on the S's, 16%, rejection rate on the RG's, 10%. And how much neck shim did yours need to get even playable action? The only one I did so far needed a MONSTER shim to get the action right with free trem range.
The access to the 24th fret is much better on the S1XXV vs the RG1XXV.
I don't even have to change my grip on the neck at all to hit the 24trh fret on the S1XXV.
The S guitars with an AANJ and 24 frets have the best access ever to that 24th fret out of all the Ibanez guitars I've played...
I'll give you the easier access but ask if anybody really has trouble hitting 24 on any AANJ RG?
The hardware is cooler, in my opinion. The S1XXV is cosmo and what I would call, aged silver on some of the parts. The neck bolt holes look good, paint wise.
I'm really happy with this guitar. ..
The ZR is completely different than the EZ2 or any other knife edge trem, other than that the hardware on both is exactly the same.
I got it for $595 shipped at MF from their Leap Year Sale.
[Rant On] I'm amazed how the majority will suckle the corporate teat of these warehouses where nobody gives a rats back side about what is actually in the boxes they just shuffle around, AND think they got such a great deal, when what they got was much less.
If everybody keeps sucking these corporate schlongs THERE WILL BE NO INDEPENDENT LOCAL STORES LEFT. Then where will you go to try out the gear you just end up ordering from the monopoly instead of supporting that store, that you probably could have gotten JUST AS GOOD A DEAL AT!
$580 + shipping, Every Day price, no sale, no hoops. Inspected, maintained, debugged, adjusted, tested, and packed right with bubble wrap and double boxes. And I'll bet you most dealers would do the same, but no, everybody thinks they're getting such a great deal at these warehouse sales they don't even ask. Well you got, less.
And please don't think I'm trying to say "buy from me", 'I'm buried in work, I have 1 of each S left, I really couldn't care. What I care about is the mentality that feeds the corporate asshats at the cost of every independent dealer in your area that would actually love the opportunity to serve you much better than some box shuffling label slappers who couldn't even tell you the difference between an S or an RG, and the suit wearing execs with their fat salaries you're all supporting.
Find and develop a relationship with your local dealer, and screw the warehouses. [Rant Off]