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. Obligatory David Lynch-esque Red Curtain NGD shot: 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. 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. Yeah I know both models have the same exact necks but whatever. I'm keeping it.