Re: Korean quality improvement
I think the build quality, fit and finish of the current MIK guitars is excellent. Hoshino is confident in it enough to shift their Prestige models over to Korea. Where it is still lacking for me is in the fretwork, they just aren't there yet. I haven't tried the new MIK Prestige guitars, but the webmaster at Ibanezrules said in his NAM report that one of the prestiges had great fretwork, and the other was mediocre. So it may me hit or miss. But if you're willing to spend a couple hundred to get it set up right, you will be in the same league as the later MIJ models in my opinion.