Re: They removed all the MIJ jem to force people into PIA
The PIA is a better playing guitar in many respects.
But I digress. Yes, is a shame that they are moving so much production out of Japan. The Indo guitars are nowhere near the same quality.
That said, a lot of the JEM allure has been to collectors versus players. So you need to keep limits on the product, which they never fail to do.
JEMS have never been about making the best guitars for the masses. Otherwise we'd see a $2,299 JEM with stainless steel frets, AANJ and multiple cool colors readily available.