An excellently made guitar in China will cost 1/2 the price of an excellently made guitar in Korea will cost 1/2 the price of an excellently made guitar in Japan so when the EP gets made in China I want to be passed on some of the savings Ibanez made.
You assume it's savings.
Ever noticed how stuff is getting more expensive for you every year? What makes you assume that isn't the case for a business also?
What if I tell you that moving to China helps Ibanez keeping a business?
What if I tell you that Ibanez is in this line of work to make money? Or do you think they are a charity?
The money they save out by moving to China doesn't equal profit. Besides the fact that moving to a diffrent country equals an investment on their part, it may very well be that the margin they get for each unit now is roughly the same as they got a few years ago in Korea (talking about Accousics here, since those never came out of the Fujigen factory IIRC) - simply because everything is getting more expensive (and that's not just operational expenses)
In my eyes Ibanez are failing me, they are completely losing me with a mirror topped Jem that is lacking a vine yet is more expensive than the VWH,
And if ibanez had added a vine, loads of people would start ranting again how the jem they bought is diffrent from the one Steve is using...
Korean made laminated top EP7,
It's a solid quilted maple top (and sides, and back). I don't know where that laminated thing came from - I've seen it before, but it just ain't so.
Chinese made EP9......
It's my own personal rant that just happened to be voiced on this thread.
That's ok, let it all out, I say
Seriously, there are tons and tons of brands, don't let a name keep you. You should play what you like and if you decide that Ibanez is not your thing, more power to you. I'm only argueing here that it may be wise to base that decision on the right information.