Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Massachusetts, USA
Re: custom jem questions
Well, simply by the nature of mass-manufacturing reducing costs, there really aren't many custom shops that are going to beat production guitars on terms of price point. Of course, though, to spend an extra couple hundred to get a guitar built to exactly YOUR specs (instead of being limited to the VWH or BRMR) shouldn't actually be a deterrent.
Check out some of the site sponsors, though. EKG cuts bodies to JEM specs and does finishing, although, like all of the good guys nowadays, he may be booked solid. You can always buy a used RG body, have it routed for a grip and lion's claw and get it refinished (swirled, maybe) by Sims Custom Shop (US). As far as a neck goes, it's up in the air. I hear good things and bad things about Christopher Woods. Then again, you can always buy an Ibanez neck and have a new, inlaid fretboard installed and save some money.
Granted, that's all vague... now, what specs are you really looking for? Different woods, paint, etc? And, yeah, setting an October deadline is not realistic. Good things come to those who wait...