Re: Ibanez moving out of Japan
I saw that too, I mean... for the factory business itself it makes sense no?
I bet that most of the guitars Ibanez have sold come from the cheap to mid range which in the Indonesian factory is a lot cheaper to make than in Japan. That might not be the people here in the forum or Rich's customers but, not everyone is lucky enough to get the MIJ models. And if you think about it.. the JEM 777 LNG supposedly is limited to only 450 models worldwide. They are still available in various stores. 450 guitars is not a lot, if Ibanez sold a lot of high end guitars you would think they would be over by now. I am sure they have sold more than 450 Premium guitars in the same time frame. Rich, if I recall correctly, also have noted that the quality control of the high end guitars seems to be similar to the Premiums lately, with him having to check almost the same thing on both lines. Which could point out to the Fuji factory putting their resources into the Lexus dashboard manufacturing.
I think that business wise it makes sense. I don't know where Phillip got the info from but I can see how that can become a reality.