I was in guitar center last night and I always make a point to try out a few new basses. Out of all the ones in the room, this one caught my attention the most. I tried the lower series BTB (trans black) and it was ok, but the EQ on it made it hard to get any real usable tones... might have been the cheaper bart pickups. So I went and tried the prestige 1305, and it was really a pretty good bass. A lot of flexibility and some great playability. What I don't understand though is how they're making their TOP OF THE LINE instruments in Korea? I would never pay $1500 for this bass, especially since it was made in Korea. Is Ibanez making anything in Japan anymore?