Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Just my opinion, but send your message to Ibanez with your wallet. Send the guitar back. A clear coat crack is a finish blemish and unacceptable on a brand new guitar. If the design flaw allows this possibility during the warranty period, then Ibanez should make due. Otherwise, buy another quitar from a maker who has an appreciation for quality that equals a standard you as the buyer prefer.
Glen's point is well made in that the flaw may not effect playbility, but when do we start accepting cosmetic design flaws in cars or other consumer goods. Sorry but that blem makes it 'b stock' if I'm buying it.
I personally would work a discount from the original dealer on the blem rather than wait six months for a replacement. The point being, don't ignore it use it to your advantage as a consumer and get some money back or a strore credit or something.
Good Luck either way,