Well, there's alot here I need to respond to.
***Bad set ups, ***
The setup you're referring to was when you got 32 from Matts?
***off set necks,***
Was this the one from 229 you kept telling me you couldn't get to set straight? It's *perfectly* alligned, and I haven't touched it. The neck on 32 which you traded to me was *not* alligned, but you made no mention of that. Of course it's aligned perfectly now also
***weak clear coat,(very thin with some touch ups) ***
Clear touch up, Yup, I found one on 32, you never knew it existed until I told you it was there after you traded it to me. It was extremely well done, near impossible to detect, and I don't know how I caught it to begin with.
***even dirt in the clear under the trem of one.***
Funny, I never think to look for flaws under there
***Scratches under the pic guard of one. ***
229 This was exactly what I thought, streaks left by a dirty wiping rag prior to assembly. I just pulled the guard and wiped them off.
***The worst thing being one had many scratches on the board from a careless fret job, and many frets were uneven***
Scratches on the board, Yes, these are there, obviously done by a single fret level tool, Chesbro work no doubt because this is NOT the way the factory works. I believe the neck probably 'moved' a little on the trip over and Chesbro did a spot level to correct instead of a proper level.
***, was the worst Fret job out of every ibanez Ive ever seen.***
Worst fret job?? Dude, come on, if this was the worst fret work you've ever had on the 20 odd Ibanez you've owned, you should play the Lottery!!! By far way off base with that statement. It's not perfect, no, but it sure isn't the worst, and nothing a quicky level in the middle range on the bass side won't fix. A Chesbro guitar or it would have been taken care of before it left. I missed it, that's *MY* fault, but there aren't any 'specific' high frets, just a buzzy low E, which isn't as buzzy as the 2000 FP I *didn't* send you, you know what I'm talking about.
***The top lock was to high and at an angle. ***
32 will be here Saturday and I'll be very carefully measuring the difference between the one you were perfectly happy with and the one you weren't. They are all set at an angle, that's the way Ibanez wanted them.
***. One had a chip in the rosewood by the top lock,***
yup, 229, but that's no chip, it's as deep as a sheet of paper is thick, chip is not how I'd describe it.
***and the top lock was to one side.***
Which one? It's not 229, and sure don't remember 32 (which you had no complaints about when you were trading it) having that.
***Case came falling apart, and had the lid off set from the bottom right out of the factory box***
Yup, Ibanez had a problem with a run of the cases, made by TKL by the way. All you had to do was send it in for a replacement, but you preferred to gripe about it. I had 1 too, sent it in, was immediately replaced, no charge of course.
***I disagree *Rich, This FP puts all 3 DNA's I had in hand to shame!!!***
I disagree, I don't think you're looking as hard as you were on the DNA's. The quality is outstanding, but so was it on the DNA's. They were J Custom quality all the way. So are the FP's.
***I had 3 choices, Send it back to Ibanez? Have it fixed local, which means Ibanez will not cover it if anything goes wrong in the future, or sell it and walk away.***
You had another choice, take back the neck from #32 which eveidently you had no problems with. You refused, you wanted the neck with the Crystal Planet rosewood board.
***You can all tell by my long post im still not over the many $'s lost and negative experience it all was***
Obviously by the length of my post I'm not over the 10 days of email Hell I went through with you over this situation either, but this isn't the place.
***Plus given all the reality, no matter how i looked at it, far over priced for what was put out.***
It's funny but you don't hear guys like John and Don (who each have 3 now, ooops, Don has 4) complaining about anything (OK, John does have the true RIGHTFUL complaint about the choice of abalone for the inlays!! I think we all should have that complaint). The price dictated the guitar was an issue directed at those that could afford it, not to those that would sell everything they owned to buy one. And they are extremely happy with theirs, probably because they don't have the microscope out trying to find anything they possibly can that isn't just 'perfect'. You can take a microscope to ANY makers guitars and find plenty of flaws, and I don't care how expensive a guitar you want to pick. (although I haven't personally had the chance to look over a $15,000 Dragon yet)
Arioma does have a legitamate problem, it's the same problem Allen is having and I'm replacing his neck for him, the way it should be. I hope Arioma gets the same through his dealer and Chesbro. But this isn't a *quality* issue either. It's a *wood* issue. Wood is natural, it's porus, and it's either going to move or it's not. Wood isn't a perfect substance, and nobody has had 5 year aged wood to build with for 20 years. PRS has a nice stock which is used on his very expensive private stock line, and so do some of the 'boutique' luthiers. *But this is the exception, not the rule.
I'll continue this after I've had a chance to A B 32 to 229 since evidently nothing about 32 bothered you except the swirl, which, was killer to begin with. And that's not just my opinion, Mike went head over heels for it, he just has to give it up, all his gear/guitars/rig/everything was recently stolen and he needs to rebuild, good thing he had the DNA with him, but that's all he has left and he needs to rebuild. Another thread on the rash of recent guitar thefts will be started by me in the near future.