Re: et guitars
Yeah, the "proven technique and warranty" means nothing to me. I've seen plenty of flawed JEMs and high-end RGs.
The builder I work with is more of a friend to me after these two projects than an "employee" or whatever you wanna call it, and he will always work harder than Ibanez or any other company to make sure I'm super satisfied with everything. The other day he took a ten hour trip to HAND DELIVER my new custom guitar. If i ever have a problem, I can call him up directly and deal directly with the person who built the guitar, rather than calling Ibanez and having to go through an automated menu to finally get to a human being, who's likely a paid customer service rep and nothing more. The resale value thing IS a valid point, but I don't buy guitars to resell them, I buy them to play them. And all in all, the whole point of a custom guitar is to build the best possible guitar you can for YOURSELF. Ever since I got my two customs I've never wanted a single factory guitar I've ever seen, and I will never sell them as long as I live. I've been offered more than double what I paid and I always turn em down, cuz once you get YOUR guitar there is no substitute and the "resale price" becomes "priceless".