Who cares about the fret ends?
Every Prestige I've played, there have been two things that really set them apart from a lesser Ibanez: connectedness and resonance. By connectedness I mean they feel more solid/tight/stable. I'm guessing this is because there is a higher level of precision used in the build process. The other thing I notice is that Prestiges seem to resonate better, like they are made from better pieces of wood. I think the connectedness also plays a huge part in the resonance. To me, these are the key factors in why a Prestige is 'better'.
Anyway, my point is, everybody raves about Prestige necks, specifically the fret ends, to the point where it seems like that's all anyone cares about. Are you really dragging your hand along the ends of the frets all day? I honestly can't feel that much of a difference between a bottom of the line Ibanez neck, RG neck, Prestige neck, JEM neck, and showcase neck, even though you can clearly see that the fret ends are finished better the higher up you go. As long as the neck is straight, relief is correct, truss rod is adjusted, the back isn't painted, it's reasonably thin, and the frets are level, who cares how perfectly polished and rounded the fret ends are?
Am I missing something here? Is anyone else with me in thinking that the structural integrity of a Prestige is far more noticable than the fret ends?