my suggestion would actually be to buy it form www.ibanezrules.com and ship it. The stores don't come up with good setups. I am also buying one form that website areound march and it cost about 1435 dollars (american)
He sure knows how to set a guitar too.damo7v said:i bought a jem7vwh from rich rather than wait a ridiculously long time for canadian delivery.
including purchase price, taxes, duty, etc. it worked out to be pretty much the same expense to buy from rich. and that includes rich's set-up, too.
damn that's much more than I expected. I guessed that ordering from a local place by me, it would cost around $1800 total.buying from rich, you'd be looking at about $2100CAN including 21% on full value. long & mcquade quote $2041CAN including 15% taxes.
If you buy a guitar with a factory Ibanez setup, it will need some setup work ... either from your dealer (if you have a good one), by yourself, or by some luthier you pay. That's normal -- manufacturers don't take the time to do really good setups. But what Rich does is a lot more than a normal dealer setup (adjusting the truss rod and action and sending it out the door). Rich is doing all of the detail work and adjustments that get the base guitar to the point that a "normal setup" done by most players will make it play great instead of just good. There aren't many luthiers that will grind nuts, shim necks, do a fret level, etc. as part of a new guitar setup. A minor upcharge for that kind of service is a deal, especially since your guitar will be handled by somebody who actually cares about the instrument, instead of some wharehouse that handles it like any other package.MikeohollicA said:Is there anything wrong with the setup not from Rich? I mean, people who make a guitar valued over $2000+ probably know what they're doing.