Jason hasn't come back since starting this but
(I can't play on 9's, I need 10's. I'm also getting an annoying fret buzz on the 2nd fret.)
Maybe he just needed 10's thrown on it. And maybe the neck got too straight in the climate zone change, or maybe the ZPS that's in it feels like crap, it does to me if you're used to a free floater. We'll never know unless he pops back in
Oh crap, sorry to disappear for a bit. Works being quite hectic for me.
Let me just say, when I got the guitar from Rich it was as close to perfect as I would have wanted it. Only "problem" I had was I really haven't played a guitar with 9's on it for about 10 years. That being the case, I wanted to get 10's on it asap.
That's really the only reason I brought it to my friend for a "setup". Dropped it off, told him to throw the 10's in the case on and get it set to "low" action.
Picked it up from him a few days later (we're both too busy with our jobs I guess) and starting playing it, and something didn't feel right. Strings felt lighter than I had thought they would. Turns out he completely missed what I said about putting the new strings on it. No biggie, we strung it up and he actually took me through the whole setup process so I could do it on my own if I ever needed to make little adjustments.
I almost have the guitar set up completely perfect to what I want, but I am still making slight changes to the truss rod and action here and there. (Rich's site has more than enough information than most would ever need to properly set it up. And well, it's always fun to learn!). Although, I am using the 1.7mm high E 14th fret that ibanez is suggesting. Only thing is, it seems it is pushing it pretty close to bottoming out the stud.
I really just want it to be known that the way Rich sent it to me was fantastic. If I liked the lighter strings I wouldn't have had to do ANYTHING to it. Please don't try and mix what I said in the initial post to say anything bad about him or his site. When I decide to purchase another ibanez, I will only be buying it from him. Only difference would be opting for the bronze package and having him set it up the right way first