Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Het rijk van Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Re: What happened to the MIJ non-prestige models?
You're missing the point, the MIJ Ibanezzes are priced to what will sell, the market dictates their prices. Don't like it, shop elsewhere.
Anything with an Ibanez logo is a "real" Ibanez, MIC, MII, whatever, but anything MIJ is Fujigen - for most here the only way to go which is why stuff like the 550 exists.
The fact that you can get an RG550, basically a simplified Jem, for $1k *is value for money*, considering the real thing is $3k. I've never considered anything MII, MIK or MIC value for money, cause I don't see the value. Everything that makes an MIJ Ibby great is missing, but to each their own and there is a market for that stuff.
BTW Slapping a Prestige logo on any Fujigen build Guitar is just a marketing trick, originally it referred to specific steps taken at the end of the neck build. It's a logo without much meaning, like the Custom Made inscription on the early S, or Team-J-Craft or even Masterfully crafted for unparalleled sound, maximum playability and exquisite beauty...that's just embarassing. All of those logos exist solely for the purpose of making the customer feel special, think Lexus or Scion which in the end are basically Toyotas. Nothing more, nothing less. Some people fall for those tricks, some can't be bothered.