Re: Old RG versus RG Prestige
being a local setup guy, i happen to try many old and new RGs. i do own many old-style RGs (i mean old, i.e. 1-pc Wizard, square neck/body joint etc). the main difference i feel everytime i play a new RG is that they are way way sturdier, more solid especially the neck/body joint, they just won't move even under Vai-ish abuse. the fretboard is perfect, i never had to level one. the old RGs are less sturdy and they often need a nice fretboard level, ok they're old but i'd bet that it's not just a matter of age. another huge difference i feel, better, i hear, is the sound. the old RGs sounds twice a new Prestige. i don't think it's just a matter of age of the woods, i think that the 1-pc neck and the square neck/body joint give a huge help for a better sound overall. i'm talking about unplugged sound, of course. i think that these new 3-pc or 5-pc necks just don't let the sound running back & forth to the body, in fact they don't vibrate on your belly. that's important sound-wise, to me. the old RGs just scream and they deliver kicks on your belly when you strum them. also, i agree the new necks aren't as slim as the good ol' Wizards. i love the old Wizard feel, seems like Ibanez made it after my hands measurements. oh and i prefer the Edge trem, they're smoother than the the Edge-Pro, imho, so much that often when you strum hardly it reacts and starts fluttering by itself, oh i love it!
did i say i prefer the old RGs?