Re: 2017 Ibanez premium guitars
It is a guess. It is a somewhat informed one I believe. I have an idea of how much each of the things involved cost, but I don't know what fujigen charges Ibanez, so yes, it is a guess (I never claimed otherwise). Also, other people in the industry seem able to pull it off. Somehow, PRS can make a PRS CE24 with a carved top, with a top that is 4 times thicker (you could make 3/4 Ibanez tops out of that one) with fancy inlays made in USA for 1999 street price. So, yeah, I would think Ibanez could definately pull off a "655 with a maple top and fancy inlays" for that price. It is a guess? Yes it is. Is it a reasonable guess? I think so.
Again, what if it is their marketing strategy? They are entitled to do whatever they want. I'm not complaining. I like that they are pumping out models like crazy. I like that they made reissues of guitars people wanted. I like the whole concept of the premiums. I would certainly like it if they made a MIJ guitar such as I described, but I guess it would make both the J customs and the Premiums untenable. They chose this way instead. I'm fine with that, other people are not. But I can see why they are pissed, it's not crazy talk.
As far as we are fair with the depiction of the Premium line, I think it's hard to argue against them GIVEN Ibanez strategy for MIJ products.
Last edited by RCB; 05-16-2017 at 11:42 PM.