I didn't think that when I decided to upgrade from my inexpensive first 4-string bass, an Ibanez SDGR, to a 5-string that I would be considering another Ibanez. Well, I am! I love the way they feel and play. I love to be comfortable with my small hands and body. I love the light weight. To heck with the other things out there. I wanna be comfy! I played what I believe was some premium model last spring, but not sure what it was. I loved it! The high school student said he planned to play it through college, cool. It felt awesome and sounded great. I am guessing what I tried was an SR. They look like the shape and light weight I love. I am trying to figure out how to measure what I have, as I cannot seem to find specs on it. I suspect it's 23mm at thick at the 12th fret, but do they measure at the bar, the dot, from under the fret board? The new premium models have one different in the neck from the prestige. The premiums are 21.5mm thick at the 12th fret, and the prestige are 23mm thick at the 12th fret. I am counting on that making a difference. I pretty much don't like the way my current bass sounds out in the real world. It sort of does the job, but so plain, doesn't stand out. I don't think that is entirely my fault, but of course some of it is. I see the pick ups are different. Hard to tell sound difference from a computer speaker. I can't find a store that has any of these in stock. I could go with a massive retail place and order it with a discount, but I plan on going with a small, local place who has folks that I trust to order it from. What I will save in repairs and aggravation should make up for a few hundred dollars. They both have the bridge that I think would be cool. I saw one review that someone hated the finish on a different premium SR, no reviews on the one I am looking at. The premium looks like a beautiful Easter egg in a good way to me. I love, pretty, pretty. The prestige looks like an old man's lodge with tacky old man car gold fixtures. If it's that much better, and the size isn't a problem, then it can look like a turd.. well it kind of does, and I won't care, I think. Opinions?