Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Fact of the matter is simply this: all distributors are shown the exact same collection of instruments by Hoshino Japan. All of these distributors have access to the exact same guitars! It's not that Ibanez favors one country over the next. Each distributor has a group of buyers that does research in their specific marketplace, and makes a calculated guess on what models, colors, and features would be welcomed (i.e., sell well) in their given market. Some buyers, I'm sure, err on the conservative side of features and colors, so the sales numbers look good, both in units sold, and profit made. For instance, black guitars outsell other colors almost 2-to-one. It's an easy sale. Other finishes might do well in certain areas of the world, depending on how those colors factor into that countries culture and marketplace.
Ibanez is not the only company that does this. Look at Epiphones for the Japanese market that have Gibson headstocks. Different signature models from Fender (Chris Impelliteri, anyone), as well as other historic models.
Sure, it'd be nice if everything was available everywhere, but it isn't. If you have the means and the true desire to get something domestically, take advantage of the means before you.
Just an observation,