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I've decided to get a new Ibanez guitar within the $600-$1000 range. The Prestige costs $930 approx. in my country, whereas the Premium costs $1086 approx. All I could find out was that everyone prefers the prestige series over the premium and the prices confuse me.(I'm a noob in understanding hardware configurations). Also, I have an Ibanez RG870rwz costing $802, available at a local shop. From what I found on the net, it has been discontinued. Is it any good compared to the previously mentioned guitars? Just wanted to know which of these guitars should I invest into. I play mainly metal with occasional classic rock/hard rock stuff. The specs are as follows-

Ibanez RG1450(Prestige) Specifications:

Neck type: Wizard HP 5pc Maple/Walnut neck
Body: Basswood body
Fretboard: Rosewood fretboard w/Pearl dot inlay
Fret: Jumbo frets
Bridge: Edge-Pro bridge
Neck pu: V6F (H) neck pu
Middle pu: RTS (S) mid pu
Bridge pu: V6F2 (H) bridge pu
Hardware color: Cosmo Black
Scale: 648mm/25.5"
Width at Nut: 43mm
Width at Last Fret: 58mm
Thickness at 1st: 18mm
Thickness at 12th: 20mm
Radius: 430mmR
Finishes: White Plaster.

Ibanez RG970WQMZ(Premium) Features:

Premium Fret Edge Treatment
DiMarzio ibz pickups
Edge-Zero II w/ZPS3Fe Bridge
ZPS (Zero Point System)
Switchable To Floating Trem
Manually Adjustable Spring System


Ibanez RG970WQMZ(Premium) Specifications:

Neck type: Wizard 5pc Wenge/Bubinga neck
Body: Quilted Maple top/American Basswood body
Fretboard: Bound Rosewood fretboard w/Mother of Pearl off-set dot inlay
Fret: Jumbo frets w/Premium fret edge treatment
Bridge: Edge-Zero II tremolo bridgew/ZPS3Fe
Neck pickup: DiMarzio IBZ (H) neck pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
Middle pickup: DiMarzio IBZ (S) middle pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
Bridge pickup: DiMarzio® IBZ (H) bridge pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
Hardware color: Cosmo black

Ibanez RG870RWZ(Premium) Specifications:

Neck Type: Wizard 5pc Maple/Walnut Neck
Body: Rosewood Top/American Basswood Body
Fretboard: Bound Rosewood Fretboard W/Off-Set White Dot Inlay
Fret: Jumbo Frets W/Premium Fret Edge Treatment
Bridge: Edge-Zero II Tremolo Bridgew/Zps3fe
Neck Pickup: Dimarzio® Ibz (H) Neck Pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
Middle Pickup: Dimarzio® Ibz (S) Mid Pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
Bridge Pickup: Dimarzio® Ibz (H) Bridge Pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
Hardware Color: Cosmo Black.

I'd be grateful if someone who is experienced in playing Ibanez guitars could guide me. Thanks in advance.
Last edited by Sddhrthmall40 at Feb 7, 2017,