Neck issues (question)
Hi everyone! This in my first post in this forum. I've been reading it for a few days and it looks like a great place to learn about guitars.
I'm thinking about buying a brand new guitar, either an RG 1570 or an RG 2550. I read really good things about Rich at Ibanez Rules and I decided I should get one from him. Well due to several reasons, it's gonna be really difficult (if not impossible) for me to get one from him, mainly because in my country buying stuff outside without a credit card is an EXTREME pain in the ass. But I don't want to bother you with details...
In his site, Rich says he inspects every guitar he gets, and there are a few of them that doesn't pass the inspection mainly because of neck issues. Here is a quote from his site
"If the neck is not producing ample relief it fails. If it is, then the treble side is checked. It should either have the same amount of relief or less and it's actually preferable to have less relief on the treble side as the unwound strings do not need the clearance that the wound strings need to minimize buzz. If it has more relief than the bass side it fails. .... it can not have late breaking bow which means the bow is centered past the 12th fret. The neck cannot have any S curve tendencies either, these necks are all failed."
My questions is this. Are those neck issues really a BIG deal?. I mean, I think I have no other option than buy the guitar in one of those warehouse stores. But since I'm located outside the US returning the guitar once I get it will be too complicated, and I'm concerned that I might get an unplayable instrument. Is that a possible scenario? What does exactly mean what Rich says up there? Why does he say those necks failed?
Well, I hope I was clear enough. Any help will be much appreciated. Thanks in advance! See ya around