Wow! Acoustic JEM
Ah, that makes sense. *Vai plays the Carvin AE185 a lot on the new album. *I wouldn't be interested but others may be. *
I don't think this would be a winning marketing move for Ibanez. *There are companies who have put a lot of time and thought into this type of guitar and have a great product (i.e. Carvin). *On the other hand you have companies who come out with something just to do it and fill some niche they think is there, but they have a crap product and it does nothing for their reputation (i.e. Fender).
I've had a Kramer Ferrington in the past, as well as a Carvin AE185 (but it was a 12-string). *The Carvin was head and shoulders above the Kramer. *The Carvin felt like a nice quality guitar, the Kramer like a toy. *If I were Ibanez, I'd stick to doing what they do best. *How about coming up with another killer looking JEM, but sticking a Double Edge on there with separate outputs? *I'd definitely go for that.
On the other hand, one thing in Ibanez' favor is that they do make some very nice hollowbodies and semi-hollowbodies. *If they really put some resources into the project they could come up with something very nice. *The question is, are they willing to do it right?
Just my .02,