Re: Guitar Companies and Market Research
I do not frequent the Ibanez website FAQ section all that often, but I've been there before, and recently paid it a visit. I feel like I would have remembered Ibanez comparing LACS guitars to "concept cars" and calling the LACS their "Research & Design" facility. Is that part new? I must admit, the idea of owning a "Reseach & Design Facility guitar" sounds much less appealing than owning a "LACS guitar." Perhaps that was their intention?
"Can I have a guitar custom made for me? Can I order a guitar in a color that doesn't appear on the website/catalog. Can I order a bass with active vs. passive pickup?
Because of the increasing demand for Ibanez guitars overall, Ibanez does not build custom guitars at this time (we have at different periods in the past). The only guitars and finishes available are those in the current catalogue or on the website . An exception are the limited production models such as anniversary guitars offered by different Ibanez retailers that feature non-standard combinations of hardware, finishes, etc.
Most non-standard guitars played by our artists are prototypes made by our Research and Design facility in Los Angeles. These prototype guitars can be compared to "concept cars"--they allow Ibanez to figure our what features should be (and shouldn’t be) offered in our regular models."