Originally Posted by bulletbass man
Well the problem is if Ibanez gets a shipment of 100 AAA tops it's doubtful that all will be as good as the other. I've seen double AA look amazing and AAAA look rather bland. It all depends on what the supplier considers what grade.
That's not how it works, Ibanez is not a company, they do not manufacture guitars.
Ibanez is a brand name of Hoshino. The MIJ stuff comes from another company: Fujigen.
Fujigen will put exactly that wood quality on a J-Custom (or any guitar), which Hoshino specify them to put on an Ibanez.
Fujigen have their own wood grading and curing facility.
Furthermore, I seriously doubt that they are using their best stuff on Ibanezes, this is under their own brandname:
That guitar has an insane looking half flame /half quilt neck, just follow the link. http://www.fujigen.co.jp/exp/Scategory2.aspx?SH=EOC1001
The RG8420 is 280k￥, whereas that strat copy is 260k￥, but Fujigen also do stuff upwards of 400k￥ (~3700US$) so it's problably not yet the best grade available.
Also note that Fujigen operate a web-based custom shop which allows you to specify body woods, neck types, finishes, pups, etc, All for less than 2000US$ on such a strat copy, which I'm sure could be adapted to an Ibanez RG-type guitar.