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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-10-2012, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
 
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has the quality of non MIJ Ibanez guitars Improved over the years?

Lately i've been really keen on getting exotic top wood ibanez's such as

S2170 - swirled Ebony top


S1520 - waterfall figured bubinga top


S970 - claro walnut top (Edit:MII Made in Indonesia)




s5ex1 - Zebrawood on mahogony



Unfortunately they're all made in korea or indonesia. Are they still comparably good guitars even though there aren't any exotic top wood MIJ Sabers?

I know the top wood is only a vaneer and doesn't add to the tone what-so-ever. However I still like how they look. Has anyone tried these? If so, how was it?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-10-2012, 03:08 PM
 
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Re: has the quality of korean Ibz improved over the years?

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has the quality of korean Ibz improved over the years?
Not really, they are what they are.
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Re: has the quality of korean Ibz improved over the years?

They don't really do a lot of Korean anymore. It's mostly indonesian. And that HAS improved.
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Re: has the quality of korean Ibz improved over the years?

I played some high quality indonesian guitars. They are confortable to play, with great intonation but the pickups still need to be changed.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-10-2012, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: has the quality of korean Ibz improved over the years?

I always swap out the Pups - but that's small price to pay - i'm really after the guitar itself.

Is it as good or not worth the high prices these are listed at on ebay?

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Re: has the quality of korean Ibz improved over the years?

There are no Ibanez guitars made in Korea, and it's been that way for several years now.

I definitely think the quality has improved, at least with the Indonesian made guitars anyway.
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