Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Bismarck, ND, USA
Re: New Direction
I agree with Rich, for the most part. But, I wouldn't rule out the MIK stuff, esp. for beginners. I know that most people on this board scream when I type that, but it's the truth. The area that I live in, I AM the Ibanez high end buyer. I sell at least 7 MIK Ibanez a month (pretty good considering only 60,000 people in my area), and to be honest, they are all really good guitars for the money. I have been buying Ibanez guitars since the 80's, and have been brand loyal since. Yes, I have seen bad ones (high end and low end), but by and large, the MIK stuff now, is equal to, if not better, then the low end ones of the 80's!
HDS - I don't think that they lost touch with the ones that put them on the map, WE just raised the bar, and they respond with things like the new JS2. The new MIK stuff is setting the bar for a new generation, so they can set their sights on the high end stuff of the future.
And, what's wrong with USA Kramer's!!
Remember that they are after a certain demographic with the new JS2, and that does not include every one. Rich and I will be happy, and we're the guys they are after!