NGD: My First Premium

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  1. Bloody_Inferno

    Bloody_Inferno Silence is Violence

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    I was set on getting a hardtail 7 from the Melbourne Guitar Show this year. At first I was set on getting an RG752 from Ibanez, but my contact also showed my an RG1027PBF premium. After a quick A/B test yesterday, I took a day to decide. Come today and as the thread title has spoiled, I went with the Premium.

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    Specs and visually speaking, this guitar is a lot more flashier than what I'm used to, perhaps, too flashy (not really fond on burl tops in general). But this was one of those occasions where the Premium was the better guitar than the Prestige. This guitar felt and sounded better, so I went with it. No real biggie for me, as I already have 2 RG1527s.

    The guitar rips and the build quality is excellent. The neck was a little thicker than the Prestige, and admittedly was one of the deal breakers I had before buying. But I'm glad my small hands got used to it pretty quickly. The Tight End R is also a cool bridge too, not just because it looks like a trem. :lol: I'm actually planning of installing chrome BKP Aftermaths on this, but the Dimarzio PAF7s sound pretty good already. I'll spend more time on the guitar stock and keep them a little longer before going ahead with the swap. In fact the only flaw I can find is that my model says S1027PBF behind the neck. :lol:

    Yeah I know both models have the same exact necks but whatever. I'm keeping it.
     
  2. AkiraSpectrum

    AkiraSpectrum SS.org Regular

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    Congrats! That's hilarious that the guitar has the wrong model number on it.

    The top is interesting, its not very 'burled', which is perfect for you since you aren't really into burls. Otherwise the figuring has an interesting pattern to it.

    Post some pics of the back of the neck!
     
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    soldierkahn BAD MAMMA-JAMMA Contributor

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    Do you mean that the Rg752 prestige and Rg1027PBF premium would have the same neck? I know that they are close, but the premium should be 400mm radius and 1mm thicker (19mm x 21mm instead fo 18mm x 20mm) if I remember correctly, whereas the 752 should be the Prestige 430mm and 18mm x 20mm ?
     
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    soldierkahn BAD MAMMA-JAMMA Contributor

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    I absolutely love the tight-end-R bridge though.... i tried it on the new RGD7UC, and it was awesome!
     
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    AkiraSpectrum SS.org Regular

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    Pretty sure TS meant it’s the same neck as the S series premium model.
     
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    soldierkahn BAD MAMMA-JAMMA Contributor

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    ohhhhh, makes sense with the serial number he mentioned lol
     
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    Bloody_Inferno Silence is Violence

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    Cheers gents. :yesway:

    Randy said the same thing at MG, and I should've saw it coming. :lol: I'll post picks once I get home.

    Yeah, because the RG and S Premiums have interchangeable necks, I can see how this happened. They did the same thing with the earlier MIJ RG7420s where some had 7620 necks. I'll consider this my 'lampoon' model.
     
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    Bloody_Inferno Silence is Violence

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    Pics of the back of the neck:

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    congrats! that neck looks amazing!!!!
     
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    Congrats! Love that burl top, it's beautiful!
     
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    Thats one sexy guitar! Congrats :deathm:
     
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    Bloody_Inferno Silence is Violence

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    Finally ended up installing the chrome Aftermath set.

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    The photos make it look white, but they look much better in person.

    The cavity only necessitated the open bobbin coil pickups so installing them was a big job for my tech. The routing was described as akin to microsurgery but he did a great job and painted the inner cavity to match the original just in case I want to change the pickups again or plan to offload the guitar. Either way he did a stellar job. I really should buy him a bottle. :lol:

    As for the Aftermaths, they make this guitar feel like my EMG pointy machines. They pick up harmonics and mistakes whenever you look at them, and when dialed right, they give a massive punch to the gut. As someone who actually likes the Tone Zone 7, and also have an RG7 with an Evo, this is a nice alternative. I'll definitely be using this to track some heavy rhythms in the studio. I did love the PAF 7s though, and should get another 7 to necessitate them. :lol:

    I'll try to do a crappy clip sometime soon, namely when my sched isn't so packed to the rafters.
     
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    cardinal Strat 7 Guy

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    That looks great! I like that top. Glad to hear real world, head to head experience with these and the MIJ stuff.
     
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    Bloody_Inferno Silence is Violence

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    :cheers:

    For me, at the end of the day, guitars are pieces of wood with electronics used as tools to make music. The perks of having quality build, top shelf specs, country of origin are all nice to have, but as long as it plays well, sounds great and inspires you to play music, then that's all that matters. Play whatever sets you free.

    Ok slightly undermined by my changes of pickups on this instrument, but I wanted a specific sound. :lol:
     
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    Looks good!!! Glad you’re still loving it, and glad it sounds good!
     
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