Re: Tonewood, Finishes, and the RG5000's
So to my amazement, my local GC just got an RG5120M so I went down to check it out this past weekend. Only Prestige I've ever seen there. I decided to stick with my Uppercut, but the guitar was awesome. Here's some things that stuck out to me.
Neck Profile seemed different, maybe slightly fatter in the shoulder area or just overall. I liked it better than mine.
Really like the side markers on the neck. Were very easy to see, at least double the size of the ones on my Uppercut. The black ring on the white binding really stood out.
Finish on the neck was not as smooth as my Uppercut, but maybe it just needed to playtime. Finish is somewhere between a flat and satin, but closer to flat. Finish on the Birdseye maple fretboard was so smooth and perfect it almost looked fake.
Liked the different voicings of the Fishman pickups, wish they could do three, low, mid, and high output. These seemed like high output and even higher output, but I was playing through an EVH El34 50watt head so it's hard to say about the output. The cleans were still nice, so its fairly versatile.
Finish was cool, but not what I had pictured by looking at pics online. The color seemed a bit darker and the "ice" didn't have the depth I had imagined. This finish looks like it could vary quite a bit from guitar to guitar.
The sound unplugged was snappier and slightly louder as one might expect from a maple fretboard and ash top. Had a little mahogany depth and mid range emphasis. Highs were a bit thin, but the e and b strings looked rough so couldn't get a good take on that. In comparison, the basswood on mine has a softer, smoother, even tone, but with slightly less dynamics and punch as per the typical characteristics of basswood.
I think it's a better guitar than my Uppercut. I think it does things the Uppercut won't. But, the differences are subtle and it would cost me at least $500 to switch so I decided it was a no.