When you consider that the 8 string market is very much into spending big dollars on handmade customs, I think Ibanez is doing this the right way by using Sugi instead of just making a Meshuggah-like Indonesian RG. Sure it's expensive but it has to be in order to be exactly the guitar the Meshuggah guys play, and an an Indonesian version, though no doubt a potential seller, wouldn't appeal to that corner of the market as much as the Sugi-made monster.
well, first off, you are already wrong. because the "meshuggah guys" use an ibanez custom shop with a 30" scale, not 29.4", made by nevborn. so nothing about this beside the paint, neck through, lundgren pickup, tone volume config is right. freds also has a kahler trem on it now. not that locked edge. he also has one with the same configurations, but 2 pickups instead of just one. unless he got rid of it.
and for those of you who dont know, nevborn is not in japan, or anywhere near it. its located in sweden. and i am pretty damn well sure they didnt pay $4800 for theirs. but you are correct about these guys who admire them dropping penny after penny on custom guitars, but atleast their 8 strings are their own. custom fitted to their thoughts. not some bland 8 string made to someone elses design and wants. you have to admit, and ill even admit. i love the guitar, and i love meshuggah, but that guitar is as plain as a gray wall.
Edit: actually, sorry for the rant. they USED to use nevborn. you are correct. sorry for my ignorance haha i guess you need to be caught up on things before ranting.