Sounds like an obvious troll but i'll tackle this dope point by point w/o the Ibanez spin....
"No man. You're missing the point. The JS2000 may be okay, but you're paying Custom Shop / USA Handmade prices for a cheaply made import. It's not even an opinion thing. I know all about these companies and how their products are developed.
INCORRECT. The JS2000 is not a "cheaply made" import. He sounds unfamiliar with Ibanez and is lumping the MIJ axes with the JS100 and lower axes made in Korea, China or wherever.
But this is precisely why the JS100/JEM555 need to be eliminated worldwide.
For $1239.99 you should be getting neck-thru construction, ebony fretboards, Sperzel tuners, quality nuts, a flame/quilt top or otherwise non-solid color finish,
INCORRECT. Neck thru is no holy grail (see RGT3120, etc.) neither is "ebony". You can spot a Carvin (and older VWH) zealot by their fascination with "ebony". Either way you don't get any "handmade USA custom shop" usa guitars for anywhere close to $1200 new.
high quality body and neck woods (like mahogany, poplar, korina, etc...not cheap-ass basswood or alder).
The cost of these bodies are negligible in mass-production. It's not like you're saving $100 using a basswood or alder body.
I mean seriously....Ibanez have great necks, so yes they play well.
Plays well but... but..... but. LOL. Necks are very important part of the guitar, yet this guy more or less dismisses that with the back-handed compliment.
That particular model also has good DiMarzio pickups I believe, so it probably sounds good too.
Does he consider tone of a guitar important?
But it's still a bolt-on, constructed with cheap basswood and Indian rosewood boards. Cheap components like plastic nuts, indian rosewood (instead of ebony, brazillian rosewood, etc), cheap tuners (no Sperzels here!), cheap bridges, inconsistent fretwork, etc.
Here is where the B.S. really starts to fly. Does the JS2000 have a plastic nut? It's a double locking fixed bridge so plastic is irrelevant. Tuners are not cheap... very good actually for a double-locker. The bridge is a STUPID design, but certanly not "cheap"... it's high quality. Fretwork is NOT inconnsistent. Woods again... blah
All of this would be fine if it weren't for the fact Ibanez is charging prices on the same level as USA made or Custom guitars. If your JS2000 was $499 instead of $1239.99 that would be one thing.
He lost all credibility here.
Totally out of touch with the market. He's not sound like such a dummy if he said maybe $899 or 999.
But it's not. Dude I have owned maybe 30 USA/Custom guitars, never did I pay as much as the JS2000 costs new at stores these days. THERES NO EXCUSE FOR THIS.
Sure the JS2000 is a nice guitar, but not for a USA handmade price when it's a mass-produced cheap import.
USA handmade... LOL. All major brands are "mass-produced". Incorrect on the cheap import label.
Ibanez is a rip-off company
Wonder what he says about Gibson?
yet people flock to their gear because they have so many celebrity endorsements
First (and last) thing he said that was correct.
and they are fads."
Time has thus far proven otherwise but that is irrelevant to judging a quality guitar or not... glen