Originally Posted by fettouhi
As I recall the Ibanez Edge Pro and Lo-Pro Edge and the original Edge trems are made by Gotoh and aren't they also produced at the Fujigen factory. So here is my question : Who will then do the production of the trems, i.e. what factory. I would hate to see that their trems suddely all are made in Korea
IMHO, I think Ibanez should do the right thing & FINALLY get Schaller (The folks who make all the REAL Floyd Roses) to make all their trems or just pay Floyd a fee for the rights to use his real trems on their guitars (Maybe go w/ a REAL Speedloader, for once.). Now I know I'm gonna get a lotta flack for this, but also IMHO I've never actually LIKED any of Ibanez's Edge, LP Edge, etc. series trems to begin w/ (Save for maybe the ZRs, that is). I don't wanna sound egotistical or anything like that, but for somebody like me who's been known to go BEYOND MURDER w/ his trems, lemme tell ya, none of ANY of the versions of the Edges've EVER been able to stand up to all the torture I put 'em through: For one thing, after a while of up & down whammyin', the bars on the Ibanez Edge trems tend to break off, leaving part of 'em stuck down in the socket (Bummer! Go figure!). Also, being made of a softer metal than the real Floyds & Schaller Floyd Roses are, the knife edges tend to wear down to zilch in no time at all w/ me. Yeah, yeah, I know: Ibanezes're gettin' more & more expensive even as I write this--and don't get me wrong, aside from my quirks w/ the Edge & all it's different variations/incarnations, I actually LIKE Ibanez's stuff; the RGs particularly--but personally, I think it's time for Ibanez to step up to the plate & FINALLY go w/ a real Floyd, and not a copy. For one thing, all of the Floyd Rose & Schaller Floyd Rose trems that they make are just made better: They use a much better (And much HARDER--as well as heat-treated) grade of steel for every single Floyd Rose (Their brand included) that comes outta their factory in Germany. Because of this, the knife edges last MUCH LONGER & the bars themselves can take all the abuse you can dish out W/OUT breaking once, period! Once again, granted, I know that the bars would screw on the regular way & would no longer use the two white retainer threads that currently allow them to just "pop in/pop out" of the tremolo block, but personally, I think that using the regular, screw-on, outer o-ring method that most of your modern Floyds use makes for a more stable connection of the bar to the trem. Like I said, I know I'm gonna catch some flack from all the fans of Ibanez's current whammy bar scheme, but this is the ONE FLAW in their guitars that I know that many other players--not just myself--have complained about for YEARS, and it's time it was addressed. So Ibanez, will you do us all a favor and please choose Schaller as the next company to make all of your trems (And to hopefully make them even better than they are now) from now on? Or--to reinterate again--to at least use real Floyd Roses (Preferably the Floyd Rose Pro). If you could do that (And maybe a couple other things: Like bringing the prices back down to where they were before by next year--if not earlier--as well as bringing back the USA Custom Shop for all of us Average, non-rockstar endorser-type Joes out here), then maybe, just maybe, it might get me a little more excited about purchasing one of your RG guitars brand new. (Sigh) Maybe I'm just whining, but I guess until that happens, I'll continue to take your Edges, Pro Edges, etc. off of every Ibanez guitar that I buy that has 'em on there & replace 'em w/ either the real thing or at least something that won't wimp out on me when I put my guitar through "Whammy Hell"! 'Nuff said.
P.S.: By the way, I'm pretty sure that there's probably gonna be some people who think that Ibanez would hafta get past Fender before they'd allow them to use real Floyds on their guitars, but to my knowledge (And for those who don't already know), Floyd's also sellin' 'em offa his Website, in addition to sellin' 'em through Fender. Peace!