Re: What keeps Ibanez from launching a Custom or Semi-Custom Shop?
Ibanez J-custom pricing is a result of the world economy and the strength of the Yen rather than anything else.
In 2007 the yen was worth half what it is today which made the J-customs a veritable bargain.
As I said, if the boffins at Ibanez thought a custom shop was a viable business model for them, they'd open one... If someone has the appropriate qualifications and/or experience, why don't they draw up a business plan and see about arranging a meeting with some of the folks from Hoshino USA and see if they'll pitch it to the Japanese head office?