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View Poll Results: If a JEM Acoustic/Electric guitar is not made in Japan, does it effect your final purchasing plans?
No. It has no effect on my decision making to purchase. 70 22.44%
Maybe. It would effect my evaluation process & perhaps purchase plans 106 33.97%
Yes. I would not purchase an Ibanez Signature guitar made in Korea/China/etc. 136 43.59%
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post #106 of 117 (permalink) Old 11-15-2005, 01:18 PM
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Re: JEM Acoustic: does "made-in-Korea" effect purchase

I wouldn't buy any Ibanez made in Korea. No offence intended to any Korean or Chinese people, you're all wonderful, but "Made In Korea" just doesn't sound right to me, it doesn't inspire confidence. So it's a definate "no" from me. I'd buy a second-hand 80's Japanese model over a brand new Korean / Chinese model.
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post #107 of 117 (permalink) Old 12-29-2005, 03:24 AM
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Re: JEM Acoustic: does "made-in-Korea" effect purchase

Before anyone buys an overpriced Korean Ibanez with a wack trem, please consider buying a used Japanese made 550 or 570 for about 300 bucks. They have an Edge, which I think is the best free floating trem ever, and are far more playable. There is no comparison between the Japanese and Korean models.

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post #108 of 117 (permalink) Old 01-02-2006, 09:58 AM
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Re: JEM Acoustic: does "made-in-Korea" effect purchase

I think that most of the "opinions" here are just that. The playability and tone of a guitar are very important. BUT, when it comes down to it ..... I've been at clubs ... watching older gentlemen shredding all over the neck ... sounding unbelieveable, so i had to get closer to see what they were playing .... it was a "Kay" guitar. To me, it's a piece of crap guitar .... maybe it's something different to him.

All i know ... is that with me there's a "mojo" effect. when i pick up my Les Paul .. i do play better .... but i also know that it's just in my head.

that's my .02

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post #109 of 117 (permalink) Old 01-05-2006, 11:27 PM
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Re: JEM Acoustic: does "made-in-Korea" effect purchase

I have a Cort guitar made in the Ibanez factory from Korea for a gig guitar. I bought it for $350 and it is really a great guitar. One piece, thin line electric, has a nice finish (satin) and a great neck (nice feel, little no fret dressing needed after purchase....I had to dress BOTH new JEMS that I bought). I had to replace the pickups but I have had to so that with all the guitars I have ever bought except the Jems and my Les Paul (I kind of like the gibson stock pickups in a les paul anyway).

When all was said and done it turned out to be a great little guitar. I don't even use it for what I bought it for (to use at club gigs) because I don't want to ding it up. IMHO the workmanship on the neck and body are as good (depending on the brand) sometimes better than some of the Japanese models I have seen. Actually, it has become one of my favorite guitars and everyone who has seen it likes it. Some one tell me how to load the pictures and I will show it to you
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post #110 of 117 (permalink) Old 02-27-2006, 10:02 AM
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Re: JEM Acoustic: does "made-in-Korea" effect purchase

My guitar was made in me shed and its great.
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post #111 of 117 (permalink) Old 02-27-2006, 10:25 AM
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Re: JEM Acoustic: does "made-in-Korea" effect purchase

Originally Posted by SUSTAINIAC
My guitar was made in me shed and its great.
Now that's why Jemsite is awesome. lol!
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post #112 of 117 (permalink) Old 05-01-2006, 08:53 AM
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Re: JEM Acoustic: does "made-in-Korea" effect purchase

I have turned down an Ibanez for not being Japanese made. I wanted an Ibanez bass, so I waited for a Japanese made in the 90's bass. I wanted a 7 string, but as it was not a Japanese made, I said, sorry, not my thing.

Would I pay over £700 for a Korean made guitar? Absolutely not.
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post #113 of 117 (permalink) Old 06-07-2006, 07:45 PM
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Re: JEM Acoustic: does "made-in-Korea" effect purchase

I just can't say my rg 7321 has no difference in sound with a jap made rg. I know about the pick ups, but the only thing that really makes a difference is the finish. other than that it's your fault if your guitar dooesn t sound good.
a good guitarist plays anything and still sound OK. (ok, I know, there are exceptions, but you know what i mean)
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post #114 of 117 (permalink) Old 06-20-2006, 05:43 PM
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Re: JEM Acoustic: does "made-in-Korea" effect purchase

It definitely does! I sold everything in my collection, which is not "Made in USA" or "Made in Japan"!
By the way...."made in Korea" isnīt that bad at all! I once owned a PRS-copy, that was "Made in Poland"! This is pure crap!
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post #115 of 117 (permalink) Old 06-20-2006, 06:14 PM
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Re: JEM Acoustic: does "made-in-Korea" effect purchase

if manufacturer = Ibanez + MIJ THEN SHRED

ELSE: Dumpster

I dont own an ibanez not made in japan, the reason being, ive played the ones from korea....
nuff said..
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Re: JEM Acoustic: does "made-in-Korea" effect purchase

It makes no difference in the fireplace along side the Cort, Rogue and Michael Kelly. (joke)
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post #117 of 117 (permalink) Old 07-23-2006, 01:53 PM
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Re: JEM Acoustic: does "made-in-Korea" effect purchase

I don't care where it's made if the price is right.

If a jem made in Korea sounded as good as a jem made in japan, I'd also expect the price to be slighly lower, because the guitar was probably less expensive to make there. Regardless of the quality, if the guitar was less expensive to produce, I'd expect it to have a price less than that of a guitar (even of the same quality) that cost more to produce.
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