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01-14-2012 02:00 AM
mike570
Re: Dear Ibanez,

I'm not a Sabre guy and I know it's not a reissue... but that fluorescent green S looks really nice!
01-13-2012 04:21 PM
Eltoro
Re: Dear Ibanez,

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Originally Posted by HeavyMetal4Ever View Post
Just wanna throw this out there, how 'bout a Sabre reissue?

Rock on!
Good one! 24 fret, Custom inlay or anniversary inlay @ the 19th fret or so, sharktooth!
01-13-2012 09:12 AM
HeavyMetal4Ever
Re: Dear Ibanez,

Just wanna throw this out there, how 'bout a Sabre reissue?

Rock on!
01-12-2012 03:47 PM
mike570
Re: Dear Ibanez,

I would be incredibly surprised if LACS was ever opened to the public again. I'm betting making sure guys like Paul Gilbert and Steve Vai happy is job 1 for them. If a custom shop ever happens again it should be a separate site and probably located in Nashville or somewhere in Kentucky or Missouri.
01-12-2012 01:21 AM
Eltoro
Re: Dear Ibanez,

I would have voted on 540PI-PII reissue option or RG765 model or RG565 reissue.
Real reissues from Japan or US custom shop.
12-30-2011 01:06 AM
IbanezFreak777
Re: Dear Ibanez,

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Originally Posted by sssteve72 View Post
I voted Hot Fluorescent, swirls, edge, Transparent Burst.....

How about putting IbanezFreaks guitar into production?... How come that wasn't a choice?
Cause it would lower the Value of mine :P
12-29-2011 09:25 PM
sssteve72
Re: Dear Ibanez,

I voted Hot Fluorescent, swirls, edge, Transparent Burst.....

How about putting IbanezFreaks guitar into production?... How come that wasn't a choice?
12-29-2011 06:32 PM
RGTFanatic
Re: Dear Ibanez,

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Originally Posted by jono View Post
Firstly, I'd play that. I might not "buy" one, but I'd certainly try it out in stores.

And yes I agree with what you're saying about robbing sales from Jackson. There will have been a dip in SL-2 sales just from the music that was in fashion in 2000, but I bet some of the beasts that Ibanez were pumping out at the time would NOT have been helping Jackson's order books...
Cool......so what, if given the opportunity, would you have the LACS build you??? I'd find the answer interesting.
12-29-2011 05:44 PM
jono
Re: Dear Ibanez,

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Originally Posted by RGTFanatic View Post
I should have also added that "beat" was the wrong word to use. My thought's are that if Ibanez were to go head on with the entire Soloist line they could pick up massive amounts of sales that, at this point, are still going to fender.

It's been quoted in the JCF online forums that the SL-2h (H-H version of the SL-1) sales dropped significantly during the early 2000's which, oddly enough, directly corresponds to the release and discontinuation of the RGT's. Perhaps if Ibanez had used ebony boards and MOP sharkies back then, the SL-2 would have disappeared altogether. This also would have put Ibanez in a great position to go head to head with the SL-1 which is the Jackson "flagship".

Also, to clarify further. If I were to be able to order MY perfect Ibanez it would be a neck-thru RG760 with ebony/MOP sharkies, A carved, trans Emerald, quilt top w/ matching bound head, and a Gold Lo-Pro kit. My second one would be identical in look but have an H-H setup with a string-thru TOM.

Firstly, I'd play that. I might not "buy" one, but I'd certainly try it out in stores.

And yes I agree with what you're saying about robbing sales from Jackson. There will have been a dip in SL-2 sales just from the music that was in fashion in 2000, but I bet some of the beasts that Ibanez were pumping out at the time would NOT have been helping Jackson's order books...
12-29-2011 05:15 PM
RGTFanatic
Re: Dear Ibanez,

I should have also added that "beat" was the wrong word to use. My thought's are that if Ibanez were to go head on with the entire Soloist line they could pick up massive amounts of sales that, at this point, are still going to fender.

It's been quoted in the JCF online forums that the SL-2h (H-H version of the SL-1) sales dropped significantly during the early 2000's which, oddly enough, directly corresponds to the release and discontinuation of the RGT's. Perhaps if Ibanez had used ebony boards and MOP sharkies back then, the SL-2 would have disappeared altogether. This also would have put Ibanez in a great position to go head to head with the SL-1 which is the Jackson "flagship".

Also, to clarify further. If I were to be able to order MY perfect Ibanez it would be a neck-thru RG760 with ebony/MOP sharkies, A carved, trans Emerald, quilt top w/ matching bound head, and a Gold Lo-Pro kit. My second one would be identical in look but have an H-H setup with a string-thru TOM.
12-29-2011 04:36 PM
RedTiger
Re: Dear Ibanez,

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Originally Posted by dcord View Post
I understand and appreciate your point. It is unfortunate that there isn't *any* customization available from Ibanez. I understand why, I just hate that I can get *almost* the guitar I want (which is exactly RGTF's point). The problem is, I probably wouldn't pay for the guitar if they made one to RGTF's specs, it'd still be *almost* the guitar I want. LOL. They can't make one-offs for everyone, of course, since it makes no sense with their business model.
Yes, you're right it doesn't make any sense. No production guitar allows for this level of customization, save perhaps Carvin. Very few have this many options to choose from stock from the factory. Comparing a company that has a custom shop open for orders to Hoshino that does not is apples and oranges.

If someone wants to argue that LACS needs to open it's doors to custom orders, I don't think anyone would disagree with that, except maybe Hoshino. I get a lump in my throat imagining just how expensive they would be. They would probably make Masterbuilt Fenders look like a bargain.
12-29-2011 03:57 PM
RGTFanatic
Re: Dear Ibanez,

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Originally Posted by jono View Post
This is the thing though... Ibanez don't seem interested in "beating" the SL-1 (again)... The JEM already did that 20 years ago... (admittedly, it's been downhill for the last few years, but still )
I agree completely....it's just a "wish". I'm sure sales would improve by offering a few guitar's like this, but would that help the bottom line??? who know's??
12-29-2011 03:30 PM
jono
Re: Dear Ibanez,

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Originally Posted by RGTFanatic View Post
And this is why Ibanez will never be able to beat the SL-1............
This is the thing though... Ibanez don't seem interested in "beating" the SL-1 (again)... The JEM already did that 20 years ago... (admittedly, it's been downhill for the last few years, but still )
12-29-2011 01:53 PM
RGTFanatic
Re: Dear Ibanez,

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Originally Posted by dcord View Post
I'm prepared to pay for this guitar. Especially if it's a seven string. Maybe have an option for H-S-H. But yeah, binding and arched tops and neck through and...TASTY.
I know...and what Jackson is charging for custom shop guitars, I could buy one and still spend less than my buddy did for his JCRG2011.
12-29-2011 01:51 PM
RGTFanatic
Re: Dear Ibanez,

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Originally Posted by jono View Post
Which one? RGTFanatic's dream guitar seems to be more like an option list rather than a description of an actual guitar

The problem I see with option lists is that they are so against the Ibanez business model these days. These days you get one or two guitars in one or two colours in each niche at each price point.

There are at least 10 different "options" which gives well over 1000 different guitars on that spec list!

I'd have stuck with "high end neck through with HSS pickup configuration" and left it at that
And this is why Ibanez will never be able to beat the SL-1............

Jackson also has options for different pickup configs. If they had a Wizard type profile available, I'd be on the JCF boards too....LOL
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