i'll put in my 2 cents....
Firstly, I agree with the idea of being able to import any guitar around the globe. I might have purchased an rg2820 in a heartbeat if it was available to me.
Glen mentioned a key word and that is "mature" A lot of us here were a lot younger when we were first turned onto ibanez. For myself, It was when i saw the UVMC on the cover of passion and warfare. I was barely a teenager. Now I am approaching thirty and my tastes in guitars are evolving. I no longer look for the solid colors, the sparkle colors, plain old basswood bodies or rosewood fretboards. I want sunburst, and transparent finishes, carved tops, 2 piece bodies, different woods, and just things overall that just speak high quality and a passion for ones art.
As we all get older, and its seems there are a lot of older ibanez players now, it seems ibanez is going in reverse. The RG3120 was dumped and we get the RG2570 in vital silver with sharfin inlays. That guitar just seems very juvinile but has a price tag that most juviniles would be able to touch. So a classy guitar that appealed to the older audience was dumped and replaced with something that is more or less going to appeal to a small group of people. I give credit for the new 3020 but a lot of us prefer bolt on necks. The UV and Jem are boutique quality instruments but really dont appeal to everyone. One reason is style. Another is that people want their own identity. So basically to sum things up, theres an older audience here that have big wallets but dont want to switch to les pauls to get a classy high quality instrument. A possible remedy would be to introduce j-customs into the US market and allow importing as has been stated many times.....or just create some new "boutique" models for the us market.