Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Re: RG Premium 7-String reviews??
Here is a little review / comparison (RG827 - RG1527) I posted on the sevenstring forum:
I don't have an RG927, the European version is called RG827, PUs being one difference and fretboard radius another.
At first I thought the Premium is absolutely on par with the Prestige RG1527 (well, apart from minor finish flaws, I had a thread about those on here as well).
I have to say the fretwork is amazing, better than on the Prestiges, since the frets are rounded off on the edges. BUT the frets on the Premium seem to be a bit smaller.
Neck feels great and to me it feels very similar to the RG1527, but the smaller fretboard radius in the Premium bothers me a bit. It becomes noticeable when bending on the high e-string as the note dies off at a certain point due to the smaller fretboard radius (fretboard is a little more round). And I don't even have a very low action on the Premium.
I think the RG927 has the same fretboard radius as the RG1527 (unless there is a mistake on the Ibanez website), so for the American Premium RG7 this won't be an issue.
The PU's are good, but I have to admit I also like the stock PU's on my RG1527s. But again, on the RG927 you will have other (better) PUs.
Playability of the Premium is great, but like I mentioned above, due to the fretboard radius on the RG827 very low action will result in problems when bending high e or b string.
Overall, I have to say for the price paid these are GREAT guitars, but not quite on par with the RG1527 IMO.
When I played my RG827 for a week straight and then went back to my RG1527M I felt a difference and the RG1527 did feel a bit nicer and played a bit better.
The Edge zero II is very good. I have the zero point system installed and the trem is more stiff that way, but I still can do dive's. I can abuse the trem heavily and it stays in tune!
One minor tihng about it is the arm holder screw that let's you adjust how tight/loose the arm stays in position. Well, that screw loosens really quick and you have to re-tighten it often. It will loosen already after getting the bar up or using and pushing it back down so it won't get in the way of the picking hand.
I still have to make proper NGD threads with pics, will do that soon-ish.
I asked my dealer about the minor flaws right after I got the guitars and what bothered me most were tiny dents on the back of the neck of the black RG827. The dents are really tiny and most people would not notice them since they are close to the neck-body joint. The dents can't be seen, but you can feel them when running your fingertip over them slowly. They don't affect playability at all, so I guess it's no big deal, but my dealer gave me a discount, so all is well.
About the finish flaws:
It seems that minor finish flaws are not very uncommon on these Premiums. This is another difference between the Premium and Prestige line.
I have seven Prestige guitars, only one of them came with a flaw (RG1527Z-BK had a tiny dent in the finish) and had to be returned/changed.
On the other hand: I have two Premiums, both of which have minor flaws. But like I said these flaws are so minor, only someone with OCD (like myself) will notice them and be bothered about them....
I hope this helps....