Just picked this up off the 'bay. I have only had it for a couple days, here are a few first impressions:
Prestige Wizard neck is butter. I have a couple different MIJ RGs from 90s and 2000s and this neck is very close to those. Smooth and fast. You can tell there is a lot of work put into the neck.
This is the first non-locking nut guitar I have had other than a tele in quite a while and I must say it does a very nice job of staying in tune. I can even dive bomb pretty good before it goes out of tune. It comes with a adjustable trem stopper and I have it set like a strat where its dive only. I plan on playing with that in the future. Dive only is fine for me right now.
The trem feels a lot less stiff compared to the s470 I have. It has a smoother feel.
It comes with locking tuners and the auto-trim system and it works pretty good. My only complaint is the high e string does not trim as easy as the others. I have 9's in it and I had to clip it with a wire snip because the string is higher than the auto-trim part that clips the string. If I had 10's in it, it would probably be fine.
Its thinner than the s470 that I have now. Its also lighter. Not really digging the pickups, but I have never been a fan of any stock pickup in Ibby's over the years other than the s470 I have. Those sound nice and meaty.
Coil tap on the volume works as promised. I get a nice stratty type tone when I pull up the volume knob. Its not quite a real strat single coil tone, but when I am running a clean channel I get some really nice sounds out of it.
The bevel on the bottom horn makes upper fret access so much better than the s470 that I have.
It seems like there was a lot of thought on the little changes to the S series to make it even better in the prestige line. I am super stoked on this guitar.
I have a 90s MIJ block neck joint that has always been my go to guitar and felt very very comfortable and I think I have finally found something that rivals it. To quote a friend of mine "I get a thick softy when I play it!"
Are those the "true duo" humbuckers (or whatever they're called)? Can you get some nice single coil tones out of them?