Obviously someone decided that they wouldnít sell it here and for probably the reasons that have been mentioned. Not that my post here is going to make someone at Hoshino change their mind, but hereís my argument for the possible reasons brought up.
Yes, their are two other SAís being sold here. I donít see what difference that makes. If youíve already made it then you need to sell it. Itís being sold in every other market that Iíve checked where other SAs are being sold.
They are also selling this guitar everywhere else that they are also selling the AZ, so not sure why that would be a deterrent.
It is a bit of a headscratcher as this model has the rare to Ibanez ebony fretboard, and some other extras you wouldnít see on a standard model. Binding is everywhere. A little too much for me, but still cool. Iím not a fan of the bodyís that donít seem to match the top of the guitar that Ibanez has been doing a lot of, but itís not bad on this on this one.
My guess is profit margin is too low by the time they ship it here. The price bump would put it a little closer to the Premium AZs, but those things are listing for $1300-$1400. Thatís also another headscratcher as whoís going to pay that for an Indo guitar? Maybe $1000 tops.
Anyway, Iím not sure why the SA doesnít get any Prestige treatment. The neck profile and thicker S body wouldíve also been a good strat or Suhr competitor. Guess itís never caught on.