Ibanez JEM Forum banner
1 - 20 of 21 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,403 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
In January, many companies showed their wares at the NAMM show as they do every year. June is on the horizon and the number of products that can be "preordered" (or some variation of the term) through Sweetwater seems unusually high. Sweetwater is a large retailer which is why I am using them as an example.

So I am curious, "where are the wares?"
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
11,482 Posts
Isn't it pretty clear that NAMM or any trade show is not in sync with global manufacturing? Since Ibanez literally produces nothing they are even further at the mercy of said global manufacturing.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,417 Posts
I think it's CITES and sourcing wood. If I'm not mistaken US guitar makers like Taylor have trouble getting rosewood and buninga if I remember all those CITES articles right. Offshore manufacturers like Ibanez, of course, have extra hurtles.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
11,482 Posts
Nothing is clear, that is why I asked. This applies to U.S. companies building guitars/gear in the U.S. too. I just find it odd, which in reality is "par for the course."
What do you really find odd though? That a "trade show" from a past era forces manufacturers to scour to complete designs & market their "new" products they know won't be available anytime soon? So if a guitar (i.e. JIVA) was just completed in terms of design it might squeak into wNAMM to allow an artist appearance & promotional opportunity (to said past era trade show attendees) but that doesn't fit production realities, especially for Ibanez! I would wager companies like Ibanez are sourcing pre-sales (taking purchase orders before & after NAMM) before actually "ordering production" since they can't make or ultimately control their own product as the top guitar makers do.

While the convenient boogey-man CITES gives alibi for the delays, but linked articles say CITES paperwork is a non-issue for large companies.

Lets go back to the fact that PRS takes 30-days to build a neck. A new guitar model can't be cranked out like Hershey bars in a few weeks if it to have any quality.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
547 Posts
NAMM is a trade show, so manufacturers use it to drum up advance orders from their dealer network and to gauge opinion on new models from consumers.

So far, so unsurprising, it's like going to a motor show and wondering why the concept cars aren't hitting the showroom floors three months later.

CITES really is a non-issue, it's just an additional administrative overhead for large manufacturers or distributors. As long as the paperwork is in order it's a minor inconvenience.
 

·
Vendor
Joined
·
26,528 Posts
I think it sucks that I ordered my RG550 a week after NAMM and still nothing! Every time I ask my "guy" where it is "I'll text him (Ibanez) and he'll get back to me" That was four months ago...……
This is simply a matter of he got his order in later than everybody that has already gotten. You may have ordered a few days after NAMM but when did he order? Not that the January shipments coming in April didn't hurt the timeline, but if he wasn't getting off the first batch then the problem was when he ordered, compounded by the current delays.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,417 Posts
What do you really find odd though? That a "trade show" from a past era forces manufacturers to scour to complete designs & market their "new" products they know won't be available anytime soon? So if a guitar (i.e. JIVA) was just completed in terms of design it might squeak into wNAMM to allow an artist appearance & promotional opportunity (to said past era trade show attendees) but that doesn't fit production realities, especially for Ibanez! I would wager companies like Ibanez are sourcing pre-sales (taking purchase orders before & after NAMM) before actually "ordering production" since they can't make or ultimately control their own product as the top guitar makers do.

While the convenient boogey-man CITES gives alibi for the delays, but linked articles say CITES paperwork is a non-issue for large companies.

Lets go back to the fact that PRS takes 30-days to build a neck. A new guitar model can't be cranked out like Hershey bars in a few weeks if it to have any quality.
Are you suggesting Ibanez does ghost inventory? LOL!
Maybe my RG521 will show up by Halloween. :D
I kid....
It's a busy world. We're busy AF at work so I can empathize with Hoshino.
 

·
Vendor
Joined
·
26,528 Posts
The only luck is if they your order is picked, goes to QC, and actually fails, because typically all orders from that batch have picked and there is nothing left to replace the failures, which would come out of the next batch. Otherwise you're in a line that is set by the order date.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,403 Posts
Discussion Starter · #15 ·
It is entirely possible I do not know what new guitars/gear were released at 2018 Winter NAMM and that Sweetwater is a poor indicator of availability. A local store had this weird, brand new Ibanez arrive. Someone named Jay made it and he used a lot of gold hardware and nice myrtle top. Supposedly, Jay only made 18 of them but there is no information on the Ibanez site so, who knows?
Nice guitar though. ;)
Not much has come out of California. EBMM trimmed the JP lineup by doing away with 4 models, one of which I own. The remaining 8 models can be "pre-ordered."
Same with Eventide...sort of
Same with Jackson
Same with PRS
Same with Fender
Same with (insert brand).

Again, it seems odd that Summer NAMM is next month and you can still "preorder" products from Winter Namm. I like some of these brands and I am a patient person. They all seem to be suffering from delays or demand exceeding supply. I was just curious if there was a reason or if it was just coincidence.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
11,482 Posts
It is entirely possible I do not know what new guitars/gear were released at 2018 Winter NAMM and that Sweetwater is a poor indicator of availability. A local store had this weird, brand new Ibanez arrive. Someone named Jay made it and he used a lot of gold hardware and nice myrtle top. Supposedly, Jay only made 18 of them but there is no information on the Ibanez site so, who knows?
Nice guitar though. ;)
Not much has come out of California. EBMM trimmed the JP lineup by doing away with 4 models, one of which I own. The remaining 8 models can be "pre-ordered."
Same with Eventide...sort of
Same with Jackson
Same with PRS
Same with Fender
Same with (insert brand).

Again, it seems odd that Summer NAMM is next month and you can still "preorder" products from Winter Namm. I like some of these brands and I am a patient person. They all seem to be suffering from delays or demand exceeding supply. I was just curious if there was a reason or if it was just coincidence.
For new guitars of interest.... Long before a guitar is announced at NAMM...

Distributors are taking preorders from dealers
Dealers are taking preorders from customers who are fanatical. These fanatical customers want new stuff not 7 year old models which they might have purchased day-1.

Case in point the new PRS Silver Sky run was sold out before it was announced.

Either way, I suggest buying only used guitars and letting the superfans take huge losses on new axes they will quickly tire of and probably have to creatively afford. Each of us lived a lifetime without a PRS Silver Sky guitar it won't transform anyone's life. Same with the newest Fender, Gibson or Ibanez.

YMMV.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,086 Posts
This is simply a matter of he got his order in later than everybody that has already gotten. You may have ordered a few days after NAMM but when did he order? Not that the January shipments coming in April didn't hurt the timeline, but if he wasn't getting off the first batch then the problem was when he ordered, compounded by the current delays.
He did ordered them (four RG550) the week after NAMM. I was told (then) by mid March, then early May, now (just texted back) mid to late June. How would he know "what batch" he was in when they said by mid March? This is just a small mom & pops store. and there shouldn't be any "current delays" on basswood and maple, Ibanez just didn't make enough. Even the big-boys (MF,SA,MZ,SW) maybe got a couple sent to them. None are even the Bay (besides in Japan)or Reverb that's got to say something...……….yup, that sucks
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,086 Posts
For new guitars of interest.... Long before a guitar is announced at NAMM...

Distributors are taking preorders from dealers
Dealers are taking preorders from customers who are fanatical. These fanatical customers want new stuff not 7 year old models which they might have purchased day-1.
^^^^^ This sums-up this whole thread, I'M the fanatical that wants it NOW, not a half a year later:)
 
1 - 20 of 21 Posts
Top