Re: Ibanez, if you only read one thread here make it this one !!
as far as i'm a huge fan of the stud-locks, and as far as i would love to see them back again, i can say that what Mr.Tak said is totally true. i'm a local setup guy and i can say that 9 on 10 Ibanez that ppl bring me do NOT have the locking studs locked. i don't know weather Rich's customers are more ackowledged or what, but that's what i see everyday. now, the fault it's not completely theirs because, sure, they should read the users manual but actually it's not something that a guitar player could ever expecting (i mean the stud to be opened when lowering the action), also nobody told them about. and i'm talking about just those who have bought the guitar new, which are the 20% of all of the Ibanez players i see (i'm not a reseller/dealer). i think that Rich is the ONLY guy in the planet who tells their customers about the locking studs. go expecting a standard dealer to do that when you're buying a new Ibanez from him... it will never happen, and if you ask them, they'll look at you like you'd shoot'em.
that said, and reading what Mr.Tak said about some LACS ppl breaking studs (which is jaw-falling), i think no one can blame a "normal" Ibanez player to break the stud-locks. that's why i think the Ibanez engineers are totally right from their point of view, and that's why i'm with Glen about the warning card idea, exactly like they already do for the SAs with the True Duo Bucker system. or they could just design them so that the stud-locks can be inserted from above, and selling guitars with the stud-locks not inserted. so that if the customer wants (and knows about) can put them in the studs, and if he doesn't know he wouldn't break anything.
even though what i said... PLEASE IBANEZ, BRING BACK THE STUD-LOCKS!