I would rather see them charge $500 more for it. *A kid buys the guitar, and "Hey, I can't even bend up a whole step without the string fretting out." *I've seen more complaints like this than anything. *Of course you can have the work done after you buy the guitar, but most people aim their budget toward the price of the guitar, not knowing they will have to pay for shipping both ways and and a couple hundred bucks for Brawer to set it up. *I've always said that if I ever got a signature model, the first thing I would tell the guitar company is that "the playability is the most important factor of the guitar." *
Frets rarely get the attention they need from the factory from a lot of guitar companies, and in turn, most players just "accept" the way that most guitars come out of the box. *I'm not saying Ibanez is a problem company, because I am not an Ibanez expert, but I have played JS
guitars and was disappointed. *I personally don't think the JS
series is all that expensive, and making them as playable as Joe's personal guitars would go a long way in people buying more of them and having more respect for them. *Regardless of how good it looks, how good it sounds, or how close the physical dimensions are to Joe's specs, what good does it do anyone if it doesn't play worth a dollar?
But Rich, I don't see how you can say it isn't a big deal. *What if they just decided not to include frets with the guitar at all, and you just accepted that after you bought it, you would have to pay to have them installed, leveled, and radiused? *I think people would rather they get it right from the start. *I am sure Joe could foresee the problem with using a round radius and wanting to bend strings like crazy -- it's a nightmare from a setup perspective. *So when the average Joe Blow goes to the guitar store and picks up the JS
, he either puts it right back down because it doesn't play well, or he buys it and some time later is pissed because someone tells him no matter how well he sets it up, he will never be able to do a lot of the Satriani licks until he pays for some nifty fretwork.
(Edited by Josh Blagg at 6:07 pm on Mar. 2, 2001)