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What the groups current feeling towards Korean made Ibanezes on their own, not versus Japanese made Ibanezes. Do people like them as a whole or individual models (like the SZ series, whcih I have one and like after changing the pickups). Do they have something not up to snuff on them, like the pickups or is that something that's poor across the whole Ibanez line? of my 14 guitars, 2 are Korean (a RG450DX unmodded and a SZ520QM modded with Sperzels, a DiMarzio PAF Joe in the neck & a DiMarzio Super Distortion in the bridge). I know against each other, the Korean models may not stack up, but on they're own, some models are very good. Any opinions out there?
 

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Most are very nice for the money. I think the hardware is a little cheaper. The electronics and the finish, like fretwork may bot be quite up to par. But for the money the Koreans are making great useable guitars.
 

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Korean guitars =
the frets are over leveled and not recrowned
the ends are over beveled so they don't have to be dressed
the neck profiles are not as comfortable [and no doubt intentionally]
the clear used on the necks is not silky
the finishes have plenty of blems [usually]
the hardware is also MIK and made from "Korean mystery metal" [as it's been called, it's just a cheaper spelter]
the electrics are "cheap"
the cut and fit of all parts is not bad though.
I've seen great players playing MIK and you'd think it was the finest guitar made.
I've seen hacks playing great expensive guitars and sound like crap.
Bottom line, the guitars are inferior, but it's the hands that play them that really matter.
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I agree with Rich in that it's all about who's playing the guitars. I would say for the money, the Korean-made Ibanez guitars are pretty good. The only real gripe that I have with the Korean guitars is that they aren't very uniform. On my RG370DX, there is a slight blemish on one of the inlays but the neck profile is FLAWLESS and everything else about the guitar is great. However, on my RG321 the neck feels different from my other Ibanez even though they SHOULD be more or less identical. I've also played tons of korean Ibanez guitars in local stores and at Guitar Center and I've run into at least 6 different feeling versions of the Wizard II neck. So my advice if you plan to buy a Korean Ibanez guitar would be to buy it from a store where you can test drive the guitar and judge for yourself if that is the one that you want because apparently no two feel the same.
 

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i don't think the korean models are too shabby for the price, but definitely have their flaws, as mentioned above. but i think its stupid when people get really picky about guitars; if your technique is solid, you should be able to play on anything. who's really that amazing that they HAVE to play the best instuments, exclusively?
 

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I just purchased an Epiphone Elitist Les Paul made at the Fuji-Gen factory, and while its a very nice guitar, the fretwork was not as good as that of my Korean Ibanez SZ models. The fretwork on my SZ720 and SZ2020 is perfect, while the Elitist has a few minor high spots on the 4th and 5th frets, and the fret ends are rough compared to the SZ models.

I had to replace the pickups in my 2004 SZ720, but otherwise it's outstanding in every way. With the exception of a sloppy jack installation, my SZ2020 is also an outstanding guitar.

The SZ neck profiles have a nice medium profile that I find comfortable, and that's a deal-breaker for me.
 

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when i first saw & played the SZ2020, the Korean origin got me in a fix because i really love the playability & tone from this guitar but the price could've gotten me a Prestige Jap Ibanez easily. what won me over was the fact that it's a splendid guitar per se so i paid for it willingly. no regrets.

however, the Korean QC's consistency needs to be improved upon, i've been keeping track of the Korean Ibanez models WEF 2003 (the year that matters IMO, pertaining to Ibanez & Korea) & found that quality differences are quite marked between 2 identical models, implying that on certain days, over at the Korean plant, the inspectors do have their days off...
 
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