1) We already talked about the lack of maple fretboards on the other post.
2) Lack of colors, stop spending time on stupid new body shapes and stick to making your bread and butter guitars better. If you have blue, red, white black, bodies on some guitars why not offer eack color on most the models. Now it's like, "Hope you like black because it's the only color you can get this in".
3) 20th Ann. model limited issue. Nuff said.
4) Crappy Indonesia models with crap trems, stop already. What's the point of 3 friggen trems. I'll bet the cost between a Edge III and Edge II is less the 10-20 dollars. Get rid of your crap trem, it just make people who happen to play one think Ibanez blows if they don't know about better models.
I love Ibanez but they need to get with it. Prices are going up as well. Focus on the RG/S series and offer options for eack model instead of the take it or leave it mentality.
1) I'm fine with this. I hate maple fretboards; they don't start to feel good until they've been played for a decade or two. Plus, I prefer the look of darker woods. I know some of you will disagree, but that's my personal preference.
2) Agree 100%. It seems like they forgot how to mix the primary colors.
3) They're special editions and reissues, of course they'll be in limited release. Sure, they could make more money by building more, but the point of them is that it's a special release and should have some exclusivity. Did people complain about the original JEM777 being limited to 777 pieces? Or the limited numbers on the 10th and 90th anniversary guitars?
4) Nothing wrong with making guitars at all price points. Not everyone can afford a Prestige model, and Ibanez's cheap models are a hell of a lot better than the competition.
Prices are going up, mainly because the value of the dollar is going down. While there are things I would change about their line, 2007 is a good step forward for them.