Re: Rough Frets....
First off let me say that the Indonesian factories are capable of stunning product. I love some of my guitars which are Indonesian made, and wouldn't trade them for anything else.
I have a good friend who lives in Indonesia, born and raised there, and I am stunned by the high level of product quality normally produced there as well as the wonderful people themselves, who make it a very fine country in so many ways!
What's really weird is that the 2010-2011 Guitar Center/ MF only RG120's, which were Indo made, had absolutely mirror smooth, PERFECT frets.
I have 3 of them which I received in the unopened shipping boxes. Perfect fret work.
Then I go into GC and see the 2012-2013 lower end RG's (320 or something like that, with the Edge III trem), Indo again, but supposedly higher grade than the lowly RG120 which had an agathis body and 2 point non-locking trem...
And these 2012-2013 examples (not RG120's which were discontinued after 2011) have horrible, scratchy totally unpolished frets.
So why did the factory send out the 2010-2011 RG120's (which were blown out at $119 apiece in-store in January 2012 only) with picture perfect, silky smooth frets???
And not so for these newer 300 series which are $499???
Was the new Indo plant in overdrive mode, going through a proving ground period during 2010-2011?
Or were they trying to prove something about QC to Guitar Center with the RG120 (2010-2011 ONLY are the 2 years with the silky frets) which was a GC special run?
Last edited by Stradovarious; 06-04-2013 at 04:59 PM.