So were your 10 Ibanez guitars bought after the decrease in quality?
They were bought over the course of a year and a half that I wanted to get really acquainted with Ibanez' lineup of guitars. Got acquainted with them, as well as other guitars at the same time such as Caparison, PRS, Fender, Gibson, etc.
Some observations with Ibanez that led me to sell them off...
1) Great tremolo and probably one of the best FR inspired trems ever, but a victim of Ibanez' cheapness: Pop-in trem arm instead of a screw on like the original Jems. Ended up dinging the top on one of my very expensive guitars when the bar decided to pop out during a very normal vibrato.
2) Prestiges made in Korea? The entire S Series? Give me a break.
3) Replacing the ebony fretboard with rosewood on the best of the Jem line, the 7VWH. Why? You improve the neck joint, you improve the scarf joint, etc, then decide to make an extra couple of bucks at the expense of the consumer by scrapping the ebony boards?
4) Ever own an Ibanez with black paint? Enjoy it while it lasts. It'll chip off the edges if you breathe too hard.
5) Ever own an Ibanez with gold hardware? Enjoy it while it lasts. It'll fade off if you sneeze.
6) Ever see an RG style Ibanez older than a couple of years without a neck pocket crack? Probably not.
7) If you aren't an 11 year old girl, your hands will probably bruise up on the lower horn of an RG style Ibanez when doing stretches in the upper registers of the fretboard.
8 ) The company has the innovation of Microsoft. Each "new" regurgitated line of guitars is worse than the last. You'll have an exception here and there like the E-Gen. Whether it's one's cup of tea or not, you have to admit it's at least SOME innovation from Ibanez amongst a whole line of duds.
They're fun guitars to noodle on once in a while. I decided to go with other brands.