Re: Ibanez 2020 Catalog + NAMM
Turns out, no one wanted to pay $5000 for a Prestige RG with a different fretboard and paint color so they scrapped it.
Seriously though, Fujigen places themselves at the top of the guitar builder food chain. While I do happen to be an Ibanez fan and I'm sure they are capable of near perfect instruments, there's a price point where people will just go other places and my guess(and I stress the word guess) they are probably over that point.
I haven't check exchange rates, but I'm assuming the dollar just does not go that far in Japan. Every time I see a guitar being sold out of Japan you can tack an extra 10%-20% on and that's before shipping or customs.