There are still quality control issues, with most companies actually. Bad nut height, sharp frets, loose machine heads, all the way down to finish imperfections (obviously not a setup issue). The less you pay, it seems the less QC goes into the product. It's just what happens in a factory setting, humans build these and we're not perfect, the more time they put into it the more you'll pay. Seems like as companies grow and start concentrating more on quantity over quality, things get worse. You can still get a virtually perfect setup out of the box, but it's hit or miss in many cases.
With the amount of threads lately, talking about techs who don't even know what they're doing, I'm more inclined to tell someone to read Rich's site and do it themselves if they're not going to make the extra effort to drill the tech and make sure they actually know what they're talking about, if not then it's really easy for them to make things worse and drive the customer mad or even scare them away from the guitar, altogether. At the very least, read the site to understand what it is you want and expect from the tech, it would be easier to figure out if they're even worth their salt and deserve your money.
I hear your point, that quite a few random things could happen to any guitar.
If only there was a little company that made an instrument that could compare to the caliber of an Ibanez.
Hopefully, if I do buy a new Ibanez, it'll be a hit.
I would hate to just leave it to chance, though.
I have been reading Rich's setup page, the specificity is
I could not agree more, most of the techs I've talked to
seem down right incompetent. That, or they just simply don't care.
Choose the dealer wisely and you don't have to worry, choose poorly and there's not enough space in this post to list everything that nobody else is paying any attention to
I'm sure I know which dealer you think I should pick,
which doesn't sound like too bad of an idea. I've read more than a few testimonials about your superb craftsmanship. I was thinking about buying it from Musician's friend, I hope that doesn't fall into the "poor" decisions category.