Re: Prestige Title Confusion
Bang for the buck, I think that a lot of the Korean Ibanezs are great guitars, and I own 7 Japan built ones. So I'm not someone just trying to defend something I own. At a Satriani/Johnson concert, I saw Satriani's backing guitar player/ tour manager Galen Henson playing a SZ 4020 which is a Korean Ibanez. I know a lot of people on this forum have purchased some incredible Japan built guitars. I realize that the Japan guitars typically come with better hardware and electronics. In this forum I do see some people go a little far slamming the Korean built ones. I also own a USA Peavey Wolfgang and in the Wolfgang forums a lot of the USA owners love to bash the Korean Wolfgangs - so it doesn't only happen here. I think that sometimes people forget that its more the talent you have in your hands than the the quality of the instrument in your hands. About 10 years ago I saw Eddie Van Halen at NAMM playing a Peavey Predator through a Peavey Envoy 110 and it sounded like Eddie. Peavey was trying to make a point that their intro line was still great instruments. It also backfired a little if you think about it because they also proved that it's more the player than anything. When you look back at a couple famous guitar player's favorite guitars, you remember they were "muts" thrown together from more than one guitar. I have a friend that is playing an unmodified Indonesian built Ibanez RG321 through a Ibanez Tone Blaster stack. He gigs with it in a band where everyone elses gear is high end. Thats all he can afford based on his budget and other responsibilities in his life. However, he sounds incredible because he is an incredible player. Bang for the buck, the Korean and even Indonesian guitars are great guitars. It's not like people are paying thousands of dollars for them. I know it makes a lot of people feel good to own the best gear but there are people like my friend out there playing entry level gear that could still smoke most of them using his "cheap gear" .