In 2009, all Ibanez Prestige guitars will once more be made exclusively in Japan. Commented Mac Muranaka of Ibanez, "The consistent precision and artistry of our Ibanez luthiers is unmatched, and artists and dealers with a pro clientele have clamored for more Japanese models. In response, all 2009 Prestige models will be made in Japan."
In addition the company has expanded its Prestige offerings. "The RG3550MZ is a great example of how Ibanez has responded to player and dealer demand with new models. Not only does the RG3550MZ feature our new 5pc titanium-reinforced Super Wizard neck with the original 1987 RG super thin specs," continued Muranaka, "it's our first RG Prestige to feature a maple fretboard. It's also equipped with the USA-made genuine DiMarzio pickups that pros prefer and, like many of our new 2009 models, it's features some of the standout colors that made the original RG's the defining metal axe."
The RG3550MZ (pictured in the new Roadster Metallic Orange finish features DiMarzio Air Norton, True Velvet and Tone Zone pickups. It lists for $1999.99.