Why can't they go back to selling these? Now when I screw up my knife edges I have to take a file to them and risk screwing them up even more, or I have to buy a new trem or used trem in it's entirety in order to get a replaceable set.
How hard is it to send 50 pairs of knife edges to the ibanez shop a year, sell them for $30. Why would they discontinue this?
I can't imagine they would be so incredulous to think we would just buy replacement trems when we wear out our edges.
I feel it is a major fail in their services to not offer replacements of the NAME of the most important hardware of their guitars
This is a sore spot with me because I have pleaded with them to make them available, and Japan just will not do it. They want you to buy the new trem, unfortunately it might not be in the same color as the one that needs it, discontinued 10 years ago. It's like the tensioned arm holder on the Edge Zero as a swap to the Lo Pro holder, they will not sell it.
I have thought about having a batch made. Small batch would cost too much, but if Ibanez sold them they'd probably be stupid priced anyway.
It should be more a service on their part than a profit. I can't imagine they sell a lot of replacement screws or string trees.
It should be the most practical thing on earth for them to have replacements of the pinnacle of the trem action, one of the most important and flagship things on their guitars.
How would I order a stock if these from a supplier? How do I get de mentions and such. And how much more would it cost
The fact is they're selling lots of screws and string trees, replacement parts programs are expensive for companies to run and makes the price of the parts expensive. They make proprietary systems so you have no other choice but to buy their parts, [until somebody starts knocking off copies of ZR/EZ T blocks].
I had a guy call a couple weeks ago [not a customer, just out of the blue], and he was complaining [ranting] about the bushing that was under his trem arm, that isn't in the manual, and he lost it, and called the company and they charged him $8, plus shipping, for the bushing. After a lashing at Ibanez I finally realized he was only calling to rant and get it off his chest. Thankfully he did, because I had the bushings priced at $3, and that meant list more than doubled! Granted, these same bushing were $1 no more than a year ago. 800% increase, you do the math