New Ibanez semi-custom series incoming

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  1. Bastian93

    Bastian93 SS.org Regular

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    Just found an interesting video from Session-Music (German instrument dealer) at the Guitar Summit 2019.
    They talked about a new custom shop program by Ibanez. Short summary:

    - unique instruments
    - able to choose woods - they will send pictures of their actual top woods to you, so you can choose a flame/burst/etc top that is to your liking
    - other options are colors, PUs, Trem
    - supposed to be a step up compared to their J-Custom series(more exclusive)
    - must have the tree of life inlays

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    Thoughts?
     
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    ThePIGI King Ibanez Enthusiast

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    A step up fro J.custom? I'd be interested, but if it costs even more and HAS to have ToL inlay they won't have as much love as they want.

    That being said, I love that inlay and would pay custom shop money for Ibanez. So they have a potential sale in some years :lol:

    EDIT: If they did an 8 string edge that was only in this line they would have all the sales.
     
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    Will they build an RG2228 with a wenge neck, a trem and 3 single coils?
     
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    An Ibby custom shop for consumers is a pretty huge deal, they've been without one for so long now. Thanks for translating the bullet points to English, OP! What's with the "Has to have the Vine of Trees" stuff though? I like that inlay, but it's an odd thing to require.

    Also, that daphne blue AZ looks pretty mean.
     
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  5. Bastian93

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    Yeah that's the important question, haha. My guess would be no ;)

    But this definitly is a step in that direction. Who knows what's possible, if that series will be successfull.
     
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    Randy Sous Chef Super Moderator

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    Feels like a spin-off of the Axe Palace short runs. Anybody else doing exclusive builds with them?
     
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    About time!!! The mark up will be a lot if they are one ofs. I’m guessing mayones prices. I’m cool with the tree of life inlay since I like it but I know it puts a lot of people off.

    My prototype Ibby is a noticeable step up from J-custom, it they were making instruments of that quality and playability then people are really in for a treat. I’d have been prepared to pay a lot a few years ago to get similar instruments with different finishes and top woods.
     
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    Webmaestro Ibanez Fanatic Contributor

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    Well damn. This is something I've been dreaming about since I was about 16 (and that was many, many, many years ago).

    Please god, if this happens, let 7-string models be included.

    If this comes to fruition, it'll be interesting to see what options will ultimately be available and how much configuration flexibility we'll have.
     
  9. MaxOfMetal

    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    Don't get your hopes up guys.

    :2c:
     
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    if they roll it out you better get your money in ASAP because apparently every custom shop in the world is eventually overrun by demand and either shuts down or goes to endorsee only
     
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    Why tree of life o lay though? Sounds super odd to me.
     
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    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    So they can use existing J.Custom necks.
     
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    I was so stoked and then saw must have TOL inlay. Jesus Ibanez, get a clue.
     
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    My only complaint is that I literally don't have the money to participate.
    ....yet. :lol:
    You bet your ass I'll be shoving my way into line as soon as I do.

    I've thought for years that Ibanez needs some kind of modular semi-custom shop, since every model they put is met with tons of "if only X were Y" complaints; it's a phenomena that seems especially prevalent with them.
    As for the inlay...I'm guessing that since it's kind of their brand signature, strictly associated with their high-end offerings, they want it to serve as a recognizable, visible quality indicator? I dunno. Also don't care; I absolutely love the J. Custom vine. Funnily enough, since I can't stand the Vai vine.
     
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    I suppose it could be a way of gate-keeping. Add something high-end with limited appeal and/or high cost, and you then artificially limit the demands on the production line/custom shop, while being able to pocket some real profit to re-invest to be able to support a higher volume. Then, at least the first batches of instruments that come our of the shop will scream "flagship" as those inlays, to most people, are seen as a "luxury" spec.

    IMO.
     
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    Yep. This is going to be expensive AF. And that’s fine.
     
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    "if only X were Y" complaints;
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    I've been saying for years they just need to start selling parts including necks and bodys. Build your own type thing and make a dang 25.5 scale 7 string neck with blank black ebony fretboard. They refuse to do it. Like it's some type of curse if they do or somthing, but you see the pro's with it on thier J customs all the time. Why is it so hard to do less work? At this point I think they're just being assholes or something. I like the vine inlays, just not on my guitars.
     
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    I was hoping it was going to be something JUST LIKE the Schecter BYO USA thing. But... I guess I'll just wait until Ibanez formally rolls it out to see...
     
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    Higher then j custom? Man I’ve always wanted to pay 5k for an Ibanez.
     
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    If they are willing to do something similar to a 565 including reverse headstock then damn!
     
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