I was thinking about this same thing. You have Pat Methany, John Scofield, and George Benson who have also been with Ibanez for a long time. This is kind of weird because jazz players usually don't have endorsements the same way rock players do, and when I think of Ibanez I usually don't think of jazz.Seems Joe, Steve, Noodles, Paul, and the guys from Korn are the only ones staying with Ibanez for the long haul.
It's a bummer. I feel like all my guitar idols start with Ibanez, then eventually leave. John P. leaving was my first big heartbreak, and Al Joseph is my most recent.
Not sure why it affects me like this, but I get really bummed when one of my favorite artists leaves my favorite guitar brand.
Now, I'm just waiting for Jake Bowen to leave...
I remember Vai saying record labels look for talent from Tik Tok and YouTube. I thought that seemed really weird because of what Tik Tok is: 15 second videos of whatever. lain:I'm amazed at the unheard of "youtubers" that have signature guitars these days... Seems like the modern definition of a "star" is different than when you had to be an EVH, Vai, Satriani, etc... That being said, I really dig running into great artists on there. As much music as I listen to it's tough to find new stuff sometimes, so I buy more music from unknowns on Bandcamp than anywhere else.