To all those saying Ibanez isn't dumb,
Moving production to Korea might be a good way to save/make more money. But let's look at what guitars are coming out of Korea. ESP has their top of line models made there.....oh wait no they don't. But that's ok because Ernie Ball gets all of their guitars from the Cort factory....oh wait that's not true either. Well, fortunately Jackson puts out their beautiful neck thru body, MOP inlayed, Soloists from Korea.... Oh wait, that's not as well.
I personally like playing nice guitars. I don't think I would be all that thrilled if I had to play on an ESP LTD the rest of my life. (Not saying they are bad guitars, but you always get what you pay for!) So if Ibanez moves their nice guitars to Korea, chances are ....(this is based on the belief that Japanese and American guitars ((and others I'm sure)) are built better than Korean, Chinese, etc.)(And I can't imagine to many people would disagree)....that the quality level will go down. The guitars will also lose a sense of "boutiqueness" if they aren't built in a more personal enviroment. That will lose the loyalty of the high end market.
If Ibanez caters only to the low end market, there are no "guitar" role models to look up too. People don't say, "Yes, I'm getting an Epiphone Standard Les Paul because it looks like an Epiphone Custom Les Paul!" They are looking up to the Gibson Les Paul Customs. The guitars that the dream about. If Ibanez doesn't have that, there isn't a huge reason for kids (much of the low end market) to want to be loyal to that brand.
I hope that made sense. lol