Japanese vs Korean
It's all in the hands of the player..if it feels good to you then don't let anyone's bad experiences sway you.
I personally don't think the construction methods vary that much.
For instance, strip a DBK and a 555 of pup's, neck and trem then examine the quality of routing (which is done by machine in both factory's anyway) and you see pretty much no difference in quality, this is also something that vary's from guitar to guitar.
Component's and wood are pretty much the same (bar VWH and pot's etc...)
It's all up to the individual in the end if you ask me.
Ibanez surely don't make less accurate programs/templates for the routers in Korea than they do in Japan, the only difference is a personal pride in your work, a short vine (which begs the question why??...why stop it short??) and a TRS trem.
Going back to the first line of the last paragraph "may" shed some light.
I don't know, but maybe the Japanese luthiers are payed more than their Korean counterparts (this is probably obvious due to the different economies) but, and this is just me, if I lived in Korea and was payed a wage by Ibanez I'd wan't to put my heart and soul into every guitar I made because that is my passion, and if Ibanez are not employing people like this then that is their fault and not Korea's.
P.S. This whole subject is a question that has long been debated here and I'm sure will continue with no conclusive answer, so if it's good for you, then that's all that counts!
(Edited by ripl3y at 5:47 pm on Aug. 17, 2001)