So I was looking at the Ibanez USA website, just to dull the pains of boredom, and I noticed some interesting things. We all know that ibanez doesnt distribute the ATKs in the USA anymore, but perhaps theyre trying to make up for it? First interesting note: the new RKB 900 bass is up. Theres only one bass in the model line, 4 string only, available in black or sunburst only, with a P+J passive setup, alder body, one piece maple neck, basically straight vintage vibe. The body shape of the RKB reminds be a lot of the ATK bass, and I'm just curious wether they are based on the same body (although the infamous ATK electronics are missing) also I think the pickguard on the RKB is hideous... but thats just me. next thing that caught my attention: The revamped EDC ergodyne basses. They have one of the simpler preamps built in (eqb-II) instead of the varimid hi-fi that they used to share with the BTBs. Whats really interesting is the change in pikcups. The EDC used to have a dual soapbar setup, and now has moved to a single triple coil pickup... a pickup that looks strangely exactly like the one on the ATKs. thoughts on this? Anoter thing I noticed that interested me was the introduction of a new BTB model. The BTB300bg looks to be a step above the quality of the BTB400 series in body woods and appearance (my opinion) with less complicated electronics. The bass also has J style pickups vs. the soaps. I like this move by Ibanez, as it provides what will most likely be a very high quality bass with nice woods, hardware, and construction, just without the varimid hi-fi eq and teh soaps. This will surely keep the price of the bass down, but without making the bass look or feel "cheap". It doesnt look like a "G" counterpart (intro level like the GSRs) to the BTB series, just an alternative. Perhaps its a BTB intrepetation of a modern Jazz bass... One last thing: It appears the soundgear line is getting a slight revamping as well. The SR 490 series was just introduced and features a 5 piece wenge and walnut neck, with a mahogony body, all oil finished, very nice looking IMO, with satin hardware. opinions on all this? ive always been a huge ibanez fan, and i like these moves.