Re: This is not a US model because?
Just checked it out and thank you for bringing it to my attention, but it goes for $1299, which re-enforces what I'm saying; Ibanez goes from meh (low end) to wow (high end) with nothing in between that stands out or maybe I'm just not seeing it, because the shops around here focus on LTD, Fender, Schecter, and Gibson.
Here is an example of what I think they need to do to increase their sales and market share;
RG5EX1 - MIJ, Edge Pro, Same electronics, offer a hardtail model (no flats - colors/foto flames please) and re-badge it.
RG4EX1 - MII Edge III, Same electronics, offer a hardtail model, re-badge it
Dump all of the weird RG models and reintroduce RG3xx, RG4xx, RG5xx, etc. Keep designations such as RGR, H (hardtail), F (flame top), etc. For example instead of RG5EX1 it will become RGR570 and the RG4EX1 would become RGR420HF (yes I am aware these models are made for GC and that could stay the same).
I don't get why they offer a RG5EX1, 4EX1, 3EX1 when all 3 are similar. That is what I mean by cluttering things up.