I'm kinda new here (actually I was here LOOONG ago as Ibaman) and I have returned because I have a few questions.
My question copied and posted from the JP forums-
A guitar 'project' I am considering. I want to have a custom Ibanez, except they don't have a custom shop. It's basically a JEM without the single coil, a swirl finish (to my specs) some kind of custom inlays I haven't decided on yet (possibly the DNA inlays) a lot of stuff that glows in the dark (the pickguard, side dots, front dots, headstock logo, and possibly 1 of the colors in the swirl) colored volume and tone knobs, colored pickups, colored switch head, a JEM body with monkey grip, AANJ, EXACT replication of Ibanez Wizard neck, and either black or the cosmo black (kind of a black matte) hardware. SOOO...
What's the best way to go about getting this? Should I just get GMW Guitarworks to make the entire thing for me or send it to different places listed on JEMSite? I need some advice.
My other post-
I have looked at all the links before and the ones that looked important to me were-
About Time Designs
And from Pauly, Custom Guitar Wares.
A few questions-
Does anybody know who has the better swirls, Custom Guitar Wares or Fede?
I'm leaning toward doing a Fede Custom Shop/EKG guitar with a swirl finish. Can they make the clear pickguard, the side dots, the logo (Ibenez, cheesy look alike signature), and the front dots and/or custom inlay illuminant like on the VAI2KDNA? Can they make an exact replication of an Ibanez wizard neck and AANJ and Ibanez headstock and any inlay I want? And also, where could I get colored vol/tone knobs? And yet ANOTHER question, can they get an Ibanez Lo Pro Edge tremolo or is a Floyd Rose Low Pro basically the same thing? AND FINALLY (yes believe it or not) could they do the 'cosmo black' hardware like on some Ibanez's? It's kind of a matte black. I think that's it...I'm looking for everything just like an Ibanez down to EVERYTHING...even the tilted jack input. So right now it looks like it's Fede/EKG or GMW Guitarworks.
Advice/answers to my million questions?
I was hoping that many of you Ibanez junkies here could help me out. It's basically a 'custom' VAI2KDNA with my personal mods (because I don't wanna spend $4500 on one) and so I was thinking the Fede/EKG option or a completely made in one package GWM Guitarworks guitar. However I dunno if they can do that.
I have said enough, you are tired of reading, please help me out and thank you in advance (maybe Rich can help me out here).