I feel the disclaimer below Glen's poll is aimed at my ed roman references. I'll again try to elaborate:
Here is my take on this. Most people regard Romans statemens on US vs Japanese guitars as racistic. I'm not sure if it truly fits that definition, or if it's even motivated by that, but that's not the point. My point of calling it a "roman' argument is that it would be based on assumptions. That Romans assumptions per definition be wrong (and occasional rastistic) isn't to the point, the point simply is that assumptions are the mother of all **** ups. I'm not impliyng that Glens poll is related to nationalism or any of that crap. I'm implying that if I were to take in account that the EP7 is Korean before actually having that thing in my hands, I'm setting my self up for disappointment.
- Korean QC is not the same as Japanese for electric guitars. I know that.
- IIRC, all Ibz accoustics are from Korea
- I wouldn't know a bad accoustic from a good one, because I don't have any good knowledge on accoustic guitars. So it's just about look, feel and sound for me, which is essentially all that matters, right? I allready think it looks cool, so I'm eager to find out how it feels and sounds.
- For me, it's a total diffrent product. Would you care about it if your next Ibanez effects pedal were Korean of Japanese made? Or your next pack of strings?
I would like to testdrive an EP7 unbiased. Not giving them the benefit of doubt, but having no doubt at all. If there is reason to doubt, it will show when I have the damn thing in my hands.
That's what I ment with a roman argument, because that is the way he presents himself. Yes, he does throw in a few racistic remarks, but it's his shallow way of reasoning that stands out more than the racism crap. I don't think "racist" when I hear the name "roman". I just think "dumb f&ck".
It's all relative. Glen often calls the 555 a piece of stuff, while at somepoint somewhere on this site it stated that the 555 actually was above average if you were to compare it to a great range of guitars. It is just that Ibanez has better bangs for your bucks as far as the 555 is concerned, and that is also true. So compared to Ibanez products, the 555 sucks. As a guitar in general, the 555 is way ok. Ibanez korean guitars may have QC problems compared to Japanese Ibz, but compared to say Vantage or those fake chinese "jem-a-like" contraptions, they may be actually quite allright. If you are blessed with high-end Ibz guitars, most other axes will end up beeing substandard, because you tend to compare with what you have. And that is not really objective, because Jems just kick ass. I mean, Glen considered the VSBL a marketing missfit, while at some point you could buy the thing for 999 dollars and have a slaming axe for a very good price. We're just spoiled. We can happily argue over Rosewood vs Ebony on the VWH. We're *that* ff'ing spoiled.
Put it a bit in perspective. I'm confident that the EP7 is a good instrument. So far I've seen mostly great reviews of the thing.
So, stop your disclaimers. They're not needed. That goes for you too, Glen..