- Jan 2, 2012
- Reaction score
- Boston, MA
That's a bummer. As Max said, I've heard of some finish flaws, but haven't seen them myself. Likewise, the fretwork on the 4 I've played has been very good. There was a youtube guy that sent one back that had issues, but then got a replacement that was perfect. All I can claim is that my experiences were good.@Zado @groverj3 so the things that I noticed were poorly crowned frets mostly, there was also a significant amount of paint on the fretboard edge (in multiple spots) that bled into the fretboard. It was pretty ugly. It looked like a poorly made import guitar.
As further commentary on the subjective nature of these things, one of the guys at Axe Palace told me they rejected the majority of MJ series stuff they received for what they deemed to be unacceptable fretwork, which matches inconsistency they said they've had with Ibanez models from Fujigen. On the other hand, they had nothing but good things to say about the fretwork on the American Series SL3 when I asked by comparison. However, they did note that some had some finish overspray and other misc. finish flaws. I kind of take things they say with a grain of salt at times, because they have VERY high standards and definitely reject guitars that I would think are fine.Have yet to play one of these american series soloists, but the MIJ stuff has been awesome in my few experiences, and they use a gotoh floyd which in my humble opinion is better than the german one even.