Re: IBANEZ 2013 (who has the inside scoop)
I had the chance to check out a Premium Jem and a Premium RG920 while at Rich's house recently. They just aren't the same. I'll leave it at that.
Everyone is making the mistake of assuming that MIJ prices are set in stone and will always increase. Prices have come down dramatically before. It has nothing to do with the company and everything to do with the currency.
The worst it ever got was 1995, which you may remember as the death of a lot of higher end models. The best it's been was 1999-01, which is when the big price reset occurred and when you may remember there was the introduction of some great higher end models like the RG3120. The currency has been hovering a few percentage points above 1995 levels for a few years now.