Re: Satin finish in rga121
I just bought a RGA121 in Natural from an internet store two weeks ago and there are no "grain indentations" in it on the maple top anywhere. It's nice and smooth.
I'm not sure what your definition of a noticeable grain indentation is, but I can tell you those store bozos are delusional if they are saying there will be grain indentations in the finish because it is satin.
I've done a couple of guitar finishes myself and, whether satin or gloss, they will be smooth (satin of course is not as smooth as gloss) IF the wood underneath has been properly sanded. If there are indentations in yours then that presumes that Ibanez didn't sand the wood smooth and just sprayed the satin clear anyway. Some brands of guitars these days do this and I think it's cool. For a definitive answer on the Ibanez finish policy you could drop an email to Rich at ibanezrules.com since he sees way more of these than I do and likely knows their finish policy. But if you like the guitar, that's all that matters.