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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 08-11-2011, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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Prestige fret ends and maple necks

Ok I got a question for anyone experienced (or Rich if you see this) with old and new RG's prestige necks. Even though I have owned my guitar since 91 I would describe myself as a newbie.

In another thread on here I think it was Rich talking about fret ends and the edge of the maple neck and not being smooth like the older models.

My question is how do the new Super wizard necks (which I believe is what was being referenced in the other thread) in maple or rosewood compare to the original wizard neck on the 89 RG560 I have.

Rich if you can answer this maybe... Are we saying these are not as smooth as they used to be and to get them closer to days of old they have to be filed slightly inward towards the center of the neck?

I couldn't tell looking at the pictures in the other thread so I think I'll take a few pictures of mine to compare against.

Here is the link to the other thread: or not... haven't made 10 posts yet.. argghh... maybe later...
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Re: Prestige fret ends and maple necks

If I am not wrong, the prestige of the old days have their fret ends rounded up, kinda like bullet and the frets are really well polished up. The normal RG5XX series just have theirs filed in a slope manner. The prestiges no longer has that rounded fret ends treatment. Only the J custom does. From my memory of the reissues, they just have their fret ends like the old RG5XX series. No rounding of frets and such. In terms of smoothness, they are passable. But don't expect J custom treatment.
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I don't expect J-custom treatment. I just want to have an idea of what I would be getting with a current RG prestige series compared to what I have. I thought mine were rounded, I'll have to look later tonight. I would think that any current prestige series neck would at least equal what the late 80's 500 series wizard neck had. But since I cannot lay my hands on one to feel for myself... I was at least trying to get some sorta of idea.
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If I am not wrong, the prestige of the old days have their fret ends rounded up, kinda like bullet and the frets are really well polished up. The normal RG5XX series just have theirs filed in a slope manner. The prestiges no longer has that rounded fret ends treatment. Only the J custom does. From my memory of the reissues, they just have their fret ends like the old RG5XX series. No rounding of frets and such. In terms of smoothness, they are passable. But don't expect J custom treatment.
The new Premiums have the ball-ended frets, too..........



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Re: Prestige fret ends and maple necks

Depends on what you mean about "days of old". "Prestige" didn't even begin until 1997, reaching a peak around 2002. Are those the days of old or are you referring to the early 90's where nothing got any fret end finishing to speak of?
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Depends on what you mean about "days of old". "Prestige" didn't even begin until 1997, reaching a peak around 2002. Are those the days of old or are you referring to the early 90's where nothing got any fret end finishing to speak of?
Actually I was referring to a reference you made in another thread about a RG3550MZ where you posted some pics.. To quote you exactly "If your happy then you never experienced "real" Prestige levels from the not so recent past."

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ht tp://ww w.jemsite.com/forums/f16/new-member-just-bought-a-prestige-rg3550mz-113355-2.html?highlight=rg3550MZ

I had to put a couple of spaces in the link because I don't have 10 posts yet..(I hope that is ok)

I'm just trying to figure out how a new prestige super wizard neck compares with a late 80's wizard neck in terms of the frets. Sorry it was kind of a poor reference on my part..

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Re: Prestige fret ends and maple necks

Current maple, about the same as old school maple. It's just not getting anything from the factory, so sadly I have to give it some love even on mini deals ;/
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Re: Prestige fret ends and maple necks

the fretboard edge and fret treatments will be every bit as good as what your 560 was when it was new, if not better. Just remember that you 560 has 20 years worth of "hand smoothing" (yes, I just made that up....lol) from you playing it.
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Exactly, they didn't get any love then, they don't get any now
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Exactly, they didn't get any love then, they don't get any now
LOL.... they let us do all the "Lovin'" ourselves!!!!
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the fretboard edge and fret treatments will be every bit as good as what your 560 was when it was new, if not better. Just remember that you 560 has 20 years worth of "hand smoothing" (yes, I just made that up....lol) from you playing it.
20 years of hand smoothing looks like this:



Actually it sat in a case for a lot of those 20. It's had daily play for the last 18 months or so.
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That's a typical board from the early days....

here is a pic I stole from Rich's site showing the 3550 fretboard/frets. You'll notice that the fret bevel is no where near as extreme on the 3550

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Re: Prestige fret ends and maple necks

You should also know that the prestige necks are 2mm wider than your wizard neck....A very nice upgrade in my opinion
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You should also know that the prestige necks are 2mm wider than your wizard neck....A very nice upgrade in my opinion
Yeah I am aware thanks.
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The new Premiums have the ball-ended frets, too..........
Is this what you are refering to? Though this is actually a J-custom pic.
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