keeping the best trem exclusive to JEM (and other sig models) would be idiotic from an Ibanez point of view
Jemsite i am not ibanez and i don't think it is being idiotic.
If you put the best trems on all guitars the fact is it will be an excuse to raise prices on cheaper models and make less differenciation between low grade $400 guitars and $2000 guitars. Also while your puting the best trems on all the guitars why don't you put great pick ups in, and great woods aswell etc.........? Simple Ibanez cater for the 12yr olds (and all ages) who have no money want a rock axe.[quote]
Actually, it WOULD be idiotic. Do you seriously think that by having even MORE tremolo options available, that Ibanez would be able to keep costs down? That's a BIG part of the reason that the Edge & LoPro have always been on the Japanese Signature models AND the standard RG's, S', etc. It keeps costs down. By having a "special" tremolo for the signature models, prices would be even higher than they already are. Twice the machining, twice the materials, twice the overall costs. This would equal BAD business (and Ibanez/Hoshino IS a business.) The whole point is to keep costs of the different models at a minimum, which results in better sales overall.
Besides...what hardware/electronics/asthetics appear on the signature models are 100% up to the artist (i.e. Vai, Satriani, etc.). Ibanez has VERY little say in the matter, as noted in countless other posts on this Forum.