I've heard bits and pieces...
Something about the stock/house-brand pickups being crap... about the electronics being crappy (from a semi-pro)... I once overheard some other semi-pro guy quip that an Ibanez is an "appliance guitar" (whatever that means)... odds and ends... crummy parts that make you get less than what you think, odd complaints like that.
I'm trying to add it all up.
With that said, my main bass is an Ibanez, though it's the lower/discount model of the two available Gary Willis signature edition models (both are 5-string fretless)... made of basswood (the better version is of walnut) and I hate the pickup (Ibanez stock, whereas the higher end version has a Bartolini), the fretboard is "ebonite" as opposed to the ebony of the better version.
Well, it was the only
5-string fretless I was going to find virtually anywhere
for under a grand. Now that I've more-or-less got a great command of the thing (I bought it blind off the internet, having never
tried a fretless, let alone a 5-string fretless) I'm thinking about getting one of those Warmoth "Gecko" kit basses (in 5-string fretless of course), designed to pick up (and run with!) where I feel my current axe has left off. But anyways... that's for a different forum.... :D
Well, in general... I wonder as to how a mid-range Ibanez would stack up in the universe of all the other mid-range models (between $300 and $900, roughly) of all the other various brands out there. I try not to judge a company (overall, I mean) by its el-cheapo discount/starter/junk guitars nor its mucho expensive top-of-the-line select/elite/signature/deluxe/sooper-dooper models.