Re: Chibanez Bad Horsie guitar
Buying a Chibanez instead of an Ibanez is the equivalent of going to a whorehouse and paying the madame for an hour with a blow up doll. Mexican guitars are worlds beyond Chinese fakes. Set aside the fact that by buying one you are aiding copyright theft and consider the fact that at the price available you are assisting with the exploitation of semi skilled workers (often held in servile conditions) who in other countries would have the opportunity to become skilled luthiers and achieve a decent quality of life.
You are also encouraging the continued retardation of China and its business philosophy which amounts to bribe, copy, fake. All major industrial countries went through the cheap copy phase, but evolved within a generation, China has not and a major reason is people in the western hemisphere are quite content to buy fake goods and regret it later.
I don't mean to get on my high horse on this one, but I've been to the 4 corners of China and seen everything faked, fake phones, DVDs, Daminoes Pizza, Mc Donads, Panasoonic & Soony cameras, weapons, Laptops, even western toilets - they all had one thing in common - they stank of ****e. Their army are equipped with copies of Russian weapons which is probably very re-assuring to any potential enemy as they are probably much more lethal to the operator than the target. I loved the place and the people, but the people I knew who were more switched on rather than the drones one sees on TV all felt that their being the worlds biggest producer of fake goods was doing immense harm to their country.
You can buy a Jem body online, have the mirror scratchplate made and buy an original Jem neck, buy a beat up RG550 for the trem and pickups and you have a fantastic guitar for under $1,000 if you're patient. All the important parts will be made by Ibanez in Japan and you'll have something at the end that will play like a dream which will also be much closer to the guitar of your dreams, all without the hassle of handing over a few hundred to customs and another few hundred beer tokens to a luthier. Additionally you won't be making some crooked prick with CCP connections richer and contributing to the misery of his workers. Think it over.