Originally Posted by Jack Secret
The local GC started carrying Indonesian-made Ibanez's (along with some GIO's and starter pack's, it's all they carry now). How do these rate compared to the Korean made models. I know they can't compare to the Japanese made models, but there are some good Korean models (like the SZ series) and wonder if there's any comparisons to make or are they boat paddles?
A little background.
The Indonesian made Ibani are made by Yamaha.
Yamaha have had a drum factory in Indonesia for a few years now and after realising how succesful and reliable the drum factory was they expanded it to make guitars.
The Indonesian made Yamy Pacifica 012(aghatis) and 112(alder) were so popular - it made Fender move their Squier production to China so they could compete on price.
The budget Yamy Pacs (012, 112 and 312) have won so many "shoot outs" in the guitar magazines and have been so succesful that Ibanez subcontracted Yamaha to make the GRX (20 and 40) and the GSA (20 and 60) range in the same factory in Indonesia and now, several years later they have expanded the Indonesian output quite a bit.
To be fair I've not heard a single complaint about the budget Pacificas - construction, quality, consistency, QC, etc, from anyone - everyone loves them.
I wouldn't be surptised if JD was involved in the Indonesian factory setup/QC - after all the RGX and the PACs are very similar in shape and size to the 540 (P, R and S) range Ibanez used to offer when he was in charge there.
I don't own an Indonesian made Ibanez but I do have an Indonesian made Yamaha (SA 500 in sunburst) and it's as good as any other semi acoustic guitar I've played.
In fact my next guitar purchase will be a RG321 as I've given up on floating trems and I like meatier necks so the current range of Ibanez Japan has absolutely nothing to offer........