Re: What happened?
There are a HUGE number of Ibanez experts here. Unfortunately, there are also a huge number of posters here who are only interested in the indo/intro guitars. That's why I quit posting here. The reason I came here no longer exists. Jemsite went from a wealth of knowledge about quality guitars to a noobs paradise. We used to talk about USAC's, and JC's, and Prestiges, RG5X's and RG7x's, and all the quality MIJ guitars. Now it seems like it's all about Premiums and GIOS. It's very frustrating. This was my home away from home because of the knowledge and expertise. Now it's just a home for budget guitars and beginners. No offense, but I'm not at all interested. Only reason I came back for this post is because I saw the post about the Genesis Collection, and I'm hoping it's a return to a focus on MIJ quality. If so, I'll be back. If not, I'll continue to lurk and shake my head.
And there's a reason why I'm no longer a paying member. If the quality comes back, I'll come back. It's just not the same anymore.