I see that from a different veiw, those beginers are the main S demographic and they dont need top quality. If they dont buy an S theyll probably buy a MI indonesia LTD instead.I think Ibanez will be smart enough to make a quality S once again, at least with their Prestige model. I mean, honestly, I debated this for a long time before purchasing my first Prestige S. I just decided to go with MIJ because of the QC issues on the Korean guitars. No way in hell am I going to spend over a grand on a guitar that is going to need mods anyway.
There are a lot of "spotlight" guitarists that are drawing a lot of attention to the S - the most notable being Herman Li, followed by Paul Waggoner of 'Between The Buried And Me' and Oli Herbert of 'All That Remains'. A lot of guitarists, especially beginners, are looking up to these guys and want that same mojo from the guitars that they sport on stage.
Ibanez will do it. It may take them a couple of years, but they'll do make another quality MIJ Prestige S. If anything, they'll do it just to keep some customers buying their products, which SHOULD be their ultimate goal.
I will just copy my post from other forum...i hate the new neck pocket