So, apparently the Ibanez J-Line is a thing

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  1. LordHar

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    Good specs, nice look, and MIJ. Great for that price.
     
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    narad Progressive metal and politics

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    ""Made in Japan standard with originality and certainty"
    Ibanez J-LINE is a standard guitar series that is completed by adding a drop of originality as fun to the certainty of Japanese manufacturing."

    "drop of originality as fun" --> all black guitar
     
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    My understanding is these are going to be positioned under Prestige, sort of like the Genesis line but not reissues.

    Home market only for now, too.
     
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    ThePIGI King Ibanez Enthusiast

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    So it's going to be like old Ibanez? Good quality with basic specs for a good price?

    Maybe the golden era of Ibanez will return!
     
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    It's going to be made in Japan, but no Prestige treatment. So a bit less attention to detail (eh) and more OEM vs. name brand parts.

    The idea is Fujigen is over capacity and these should be faster to turn out.
     
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    That's a beautiful RG6HSHFX, hmm, BKF, err, XSHF? A bit more memorable model names might help :)
     
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    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    It makes sense if you consider the name is just telling you the specs.

    It's an RG with 6 strings, HSH pickup configuration, a FiXed bridge, and comes in BlacK with a Flat sheen.
     
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    That is true, however I feel that is a bit too much of an engineering approach to marketing (that might not translate well) :)
    Like I owned a nice Gibson LPCHAEGH from 2007!

    Someone might remember them as LP Classic Custom in black (antique ebony) - which is how I found that model name in the end
     
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    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    After nearly half a century, I don't see Hoshino switching it up. They're fairly committed to the whole product code thing.

    Plus they'd probably just call it something stupid like Axion or Excelsior or METALFIST. They're really bad at naming things.

    "Buy the new Ibanez Road Donger Evil Black 666 Special Custom!"
     
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    I miss their simplified naming with a model, then just a number, without the extra info they try to tack on. I get it for inventory purposes that having as much information on it as is reasonable, but having a simple naming scheme like they did before let you know where the guitar stood in their line in terms of quality... Now you need to look at the line (Premium, Prestige, Uppercut) to know what kind of quality you're getting.

    I pine for the simpler days.
     
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    If it was up to me they would have kept the catalog to half a dozen RGs, half as many Sabers, and a couple one offs here and there. All MIJ.

    But they have like ten times as many models and various series to stay competitive now.
     
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    yes give me all the black j-line s's. all of them.
     
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    Carl Kolchak Last of the famous international playboys

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    Looks like they're giving off that low end Schecter vibe.
     
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    I agree. They're stretching themselves way too thin and trying to cover way too many much ground. Really, I think this is what they need to do:

    Keep the RG, RGA and RGD line. Give 6 or so offerings of the RG line, one of them being a Gio. Have 1 Prestige for HH and 1 for HSH. 4 offerings of RGA + 1 prestige. 3 offerings of RGD - 1 prestige 7 string, 1 prestige 6 string, 1 mid range 6 string

    Expand the FR line: 1 prestige, 1 mid range, 1 seven string mid range.

    Ditch:
    All Axion Label
    All Iron Label
    AZ

    Reissue:
    Xiphos

    And for god sakes make purple an available colour option.
     
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    God damn that motherfucking thing is sexy as fuck! I hope they expand these with a fucking 7! Loving the fuck out of that neck heel too.
     
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    FitRocker33 My tone is tighter than my hamstrings

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    Christ almighty don’t we have enough fricken black satin guitars out there already?!?!

    gahhhhh!!!!!!

    Rant over....
     
  18. jephjacques

    jephjacques BUTTS LOL

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    I dig it. One of these with an Ibanezrules setup would own bones.
     
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    possumkiller Square Dance Caller

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    We definitely have enough puke burst burbevelone guitars to pollute the world for decades until they become fashionable and collectable again like the 80s guitars that everyone despised and couldn't give away for free in the 90s and early 00s.
     
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    Not anymore lol, most are burl tops with whacky colours and the new trend now is fades. While I like guitars with colors other than black, some times a black guitar well done is just damn nice!
     
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