It's odd, but I have had the opposite experience.The first guitar I ever bought was a cheap Ibanez super strat for $200. It went back to GC within days. You couldn’t bend at all, horrible grinding on rough frets or the inlays!!!
After having an awful experience with their wah, I said no more Ibanez!!! Never again…
But I’m glad you had a good experience. They pump out some real garbage.
And when I got that guitar, I was using an $80 no brand strat and I used it for 3-4 years, and had it for like 15-20 before I finally broke it for good. So it’s not like I was spoiled!!
But looks like they do put some good budget stuff out I guess.