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But the close-up of the rosewood fretboard looks nasty. :(
Agreed -- that ain't the finest chunk of rosewood I've ever seen.

I've played a Premium RG920 at a local music shop and lemme tell you, I was not impressed with the playability. Granted, the thing looked unbelievably awesome, but man it was a mess. It was probably the fact that it had been hanging there for going on a year, needed new strings and wasn't set up at all. The neck was horribly bowed, practically unplayable. The trem was whacked out too. Frets felt a little rough, but I'm sure the setup played a part in that perception.

I've gotta admit that it sure is an AWESOME looking axe, and really killer for the price point. I'd love to get my hands on one of these Universes and be proven wrong about Ibanez' Premium quality.
 

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I'm not impressed by the finishing quality of the fretboard/frets if you take a closer look at the close-up pics.
It's a huge difference in quality compared to the finishing of my UV MC.
 

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You get what you pay for with Premium Ibanez guitars.
In my opinion, its like they made nice parts and don't know how to finish the guitar or care.
The amount of finishing work that goes in to them is about the same as or less than the 3XX series guitars.
It's too bad that a $900 - $1400 guitar is nice to look and and not to play.
 

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You get what you pay for with Premium Ibanez guitars.
In my opinion, its like they made nice parts and don't know how to finish the guitar or care.
The amount of finishing work that goes in to them is about the same as or less than the 3XX series guitars.
It's too bad that a $900 - $1400 guitar is nice to look and and not to play.
Yeah those are my thoughts exactly...they really seem like good guitars with potential, but the price point is a little skewed. I mean, you can easily pick up a used, lower-end Prestige with case for around $400-$500 and have an axe that was built with quite a bit more attention to detail. That's what I ended up doing.
 

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Fact: none of you know any of this to be true. All heresay at this point.

Wait until after you play it to judge. Or, at least until one of us plays one lol
 

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If i get a 7-string i will get that one. :)

But the close-up of the rosewood fretboard looks nasty. :(
Yeah it looks cool. Was thinking about that rosewood to,but i have seen JEM BMR with about the same cuts in the fretboard. It was used to, and i guss close ups exposes every little thing more. I am not sure it looks that bad to the eye when having the guitar in front of you. Remains to be seen tho.
 

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You get what you pay for with Premium Ibanez guitars.
In my opinion, its like they made nice parts and don't know how to finish the guitar or care.
The amount of finishing work that goes in to them is about the same as or less than the 3XX series guitars.
It's too bad that a $900 - $1400 guitar is nice to look and and not to play.
That is true-you get what you pay for. Do you mean they don't give the Premium line more attention then the 3xx series?? If that's the case then it's bad. Is this a fact or your own opinion? I would imagine that a setup from Rich would make one of these a nice player.
 

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I got a JEM70V from the first batches when it came out. It was horrible from factory and wasn't comfortable to play at all. Good thing i ordered it from my local shop so the tech guy there fixed it up for me. The things that had to be done was. Lowering of the nut, correcting neck/neck pocket allignment, correcting neck angel and leveling frets.
Now it plays like a dream. :)

Maybe the Premiums are better now than they were a year ago, but i'm not going to take any chances if i'm getting another Premium. I will get it from my local shop that i know do good work and not from some giant online retailer that doesn't care about how the instrument plays.
 

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That is true-you get what you pay for. Do you mean they don't give the Premium line more attention then the 3xx series?? If that's the case then it's bad. Is this a fact or your own opinion? I would imagine that a setup from Rich would make one of these a nice player.
I own a RG350MYE, RG1XXV and a JEM70V.
The RG350 is the best p[layer of the three.

I've also played several Indo guitars from Ibanez at GC over the last two years.

I wish there was a difference from low to high-end models in attention to detail with the setups, nope.
 

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I own a RG350MYE, RG1XXV and a JEM70V.
The RG350 is the best p[layer of the three.
That is surprising, and sad to hear.

But, perhaps you should consider buying your next guitar from Rich. He could probably reduce or eliminate the problems you've been experiencing with Premium/Indos. ;)
 

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I own a RG350MYE, RG1XXV and a JEM70V.
The RG350 is the best p[layer of the three.

I've also played several Indo guitars from Ibanez at GC over the last two years.

I wish there was a difference from low to high-end models in attention to detail with the setups, nope.
Ok i see. RG350 is quite nice as you say.
 

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I bought a 2012 RG350MZYE and hated it, I much preferred the finish of my 1998 RG270DX and my RGT42DXFM and both were Korean. I did not like the necks of the MIKs in the last couple of years, too square but at least the finish was ok.

My two favorite "Ibanez" players are my 1989 RG750 by a long shot and my 1991 UV77MC. Older MIJ axes are very hard to beat, I choose my RG750 over my Gibson Les Paul most times...

The 2012 RG350MZ YE was very nice but needed more time in finish that what I wanted to invest. Fret edges were terrible, neck needed to be shimmed and adjusted.

I did dig the maple neck! It could have been a killer guitar.
 
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