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01-31-2013 03:36 PM
Stealthtastic
Re: Ibanez and maple fingerboards

Its ok, all this means is its time for you to invest in some tools and put the local forests to use.
01-31-2013 02:54 PM
doriangrey
Re: Ibanez and maple fingerboards

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Originally Posted by RGTFanatic View Post
Sorry man, but the WizIII is 58mm too.I can't comment on the EZ-EZII comparison.
ok, bummer...thanks for the info.
01-31-2013 02:38 AM
RGTFanatic
Re: Ibanez and maple fingerboards

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Originally Posted by doriangrey View Post
I saw the 3250dy closeout deal on your site but that guitar has the wider 58mm neck I think whereas the RG3 has a slimmer neck doesn't it? I like maple but I would prefer the slimmer neck. But is the EZ bridge on the 3250 better than the EZ2 on the RG3?
Sorry man, but the WizIII is 58mm too.I can't comment on the EZ-EZII comparison.
01-31-2013 02:21 AM
doriangrey
Re: Ibanez and maple fingerboards

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Originally Posted by Rich View Post
It depends on what you're after. The RG3 is straight Indo and they all need a serious fret polish at minimum [might as well do a level, not much more time] as they all have serious crowning scratching on the frets that has to be taken care of. You can make a string sing just rubbing it on a fret.

Best deal bang for buck was those 3250DY closeouts.
I saw the 3250dy closeout deal on your site but that guitar has the wider 58mm neck I think whereas the RG3 has a slimmer neck doesn't it? I like maple but I would prefer the slimmer neck. But is the EZ bridge on the 3250 better than the EZ2 on the RG3?
01-30-2013 11:09 PM
MatiasTolkki
Re: Ibanez and maple fingerboards

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Originally Posted by Rich View Post
Everything MIJ increases 2/1 in the US.
Ah, so the prices are effective over here too. Thanks.
01-30-2013 11:07 PM
Rich
Re: Ibanez and maple fingerboards

Everything MIJ increases 2/1 in the US.
01-30-2013 11:04 PM
MatiasTolkki
Re: Ibanez and maple fingerboards

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Originally Posted by Rich View Post
I haven't been watching as I wasn't buying but I just bought something and 85 was that rate. I've heard the Japanese government is trying to manipulate the rate up to stimulate trade, which is of course affecting the Japanese importing now. They've gotten a little too used to the great rates they had.
Yeah, I think they are trying to manipulate it too, but Toyota and all the big exporters have been manhandled by the high value of the yen (most manufacturing jobs being sent to Vietnam/Thailand/China, deepening alot of the problems of this 20 year recession). Recently, it's gotten back up to above 85 (the best it got to was like 90 last week). Considering that last year was in the 70-range most of the time, getting it back over 85 is a godsend for the exporters.

Speaking of money, do you know anything about this price change on the JEM7V, 77 and JS1200 and 2400? They are getting a 5000 yen price hike so I was wondering if you knew anything about that.
01-30-2013 10:58 PM
Rich
Re: Ibanez and maple fingerboards

I haven't been watching as I wasn't buying but I just bought something and 85 was that rate. I've heard the Japanese government is trying to manipulate the rate up to stimulate trade, which is of course affecting the Japanese importing now. They've gotten a little too used to the great rates they had.
01-30-2013 10:50 PM
MatiasTolkki
Re: Ibanez and maple fingerboards

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Originally Posted by Rich View Post
As an example of the exact same model

RG2228GK

2008
RG2228GK List Price - $2133.32
SMAP - $1599.99

2012
RG2228GK List Price - $2799.99
SMAP - $2099.99

But everything is going up, regular shipping to canada was $3 last month, is now $6.

My health insurance was $4700 in 2008 and was $7300 last year.

Hoshino as a company has the same increases in their business that all get passed along with higher pricing, before you even consider what the Yen has done.

2008 Yen - $1 = 108.78
2012 Yen - $1 = 85
85 yen = $1 is a REALLY conservative yearly average, considering most of the year was between 75-79.
01-30-2013 09:17 PM
Rich
Re: Ibanez and maple fingerboards

It depends on what you're after. The RG3 is straight Indo and they all need a serious fret polish at minimum [might as well do a level, not much more time] as they all have serious crowning scratching on the frets that has to be taken care of. You can make a string sing just rubbing it on a fret.

Best deal bang for buck was those 3250DY closeouts.
01-30-2013 08:47 PM
doriangrey
Re: Ibanez and maple fingerboards

Fair points Rich. But the average customer that walks in a music store, or surfs your most excellent site, isn't taking all of that into consideration - they are simply seeing the prices of Ibanez Pestige guitars go way up at a rate that appears, based on impression, higher than the recent increases from other guitar companies.

Regarding your health care insurance, man that is so expensive. No wonder so many Americans don't have health insurance...sad that it costs that much to get health insurance coverage in the US. Somewhere, someone is making too much money on providing healthcare in the US...not sure if it's the insurance companies or the hospitals but that seems outrageous for coverage....maybe that's what happens with privatized healthcare... We are lucky in Canada - we pay almost one tenth of that for medical coverage...and I'm not saying that to rub it in any way - I'm merely suggesting that the rates for health coverage in the US seem out of whack in comparison...but that's probably not news to you... Here in BC:


Effective January 1, 2013, monthly rates are $66.50 for one person, $120.50 for a family of two and $133.00 for a family of three or more.


But to get back on topic, Rich what do you think is the best value on your site when it comes to a RG with a maple neck? maybe this one, which comes with decent pups?:




Quote:
Originally Posted by Rich View Post
As an example of the exact same model

RG2228GK

2008
RG2228GK List Price - $2133.32
SMAP - $1599.99

2012
RG2228GK List Price - $2799.99
SMAP - $2099.99

But everything is going up, regular shipping to canada was $3 last month, is now $6.

My health insurance was $4700 in 2008 and was $7300 last year.

Hoshino as a company has the same increases in their business that all get passed along with higher pricing, before you even consider what the Yen has done.

2008 Yen - $1 = 108.78
2012 Yen - $1 = 85
01-30-2013 05:25 PM
Rich
Re: Ibanez and maple fingerboards

As an example of the exact same model

RG2228GK

2008
RG2228GK List Price - $2133.32
SMAP - $1599.99

2012
RG2228GK List Price - $2799.99
SMAP - $2099.99

But everything is going up, regular shipping to canada was $3 last month, is now $6.

My health insurance was $4700 in 2008 and was $7300 last year.

Hoshino as a company has the same increases in their business that all get passed along with higher pricing, before you even consider what the Yen has done.

2008 Yen - $1 = 108.78
2012 Yen - $1 = 85
01-30-2013 04:12 PM
doriangrey
Re: Ibanez and maple fingerboards

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Originally Posted by jono View Post
Unfortunately, this post has a very narrow view

Ibanez aren't responsible for importing their guitars into Canada, that's your distributer. They're the ones that place the orders for the guitars to be made available to the Canadian market, so it's them you really need to take issue with.
Fair comment - the post was merely venting to some degree, but also offering an Ibanez customer perspective. I found out that Efkay is the Canadian distributor so I think I may follow up with a message to offer them a customer perspective.

As for pricing, again fair comment but I find it alarming that a RG 2550z listed for about $1,000 CDN here about 4 years ago whan I bought mine brand new (came to about $1,100 with the taxes) but now a 3550MZ, which is essentially the same guitar as the 2550z but with a maple neck, is now listing for $1,800. Almost doubling in price in less than 4 years? I am having a hard time believing that the global markets are solely responsible for an increase like that. From my humble perspective as an Ibanez customer, that feels a bit like gouging to me. Be it right or wrong, that is how it feels to me.
01-30-2013 12:37 PM
ironfistx
Re: Ibanez and maple fingerboards

Isn't rosewood easier to maintain than maple? I have a guitar with a rosewood fretboard that I didn't play for years and it just sat in its case and it was fine when I pulled it out and played it again. I hear about people having issues with maple boards more than rosewood. Maybe that's why? I dunno.

I agree they look cool, but if 95% of Ibanez guitars had maple finger boards everyone would be all "why aren't there more rosewood fingerboards? Ibanez doesn't listen to the consumer."

On that note, how about bringing the RG331M to the US?
01-29-2013 10:35 AM
GUITARMAGEDDON
Re: Ibanez and maple fingerboards

how long until they start using RichLite ?
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