Yes, yes... As I said, I don't agree with making exact copies of those cool original designs. It is unfortunate that the technology is evolving to the point where very soon (if not already), it WILL be possible to make indistinguishable copies. Not a good idea and it will spoil the fun of seeking out those originals.
The question is what degree of resemblance crosses the line? If it's any
sort of swirl or rainforest-like pattern, is that too much? Or does it have to be so close that at first blush one might mistake it for the real thing? Or would it have to be something so close that only a pro like Rich could distinguish them? If we say that it's the first case (any swirl sort of thing), then we had best be humble about the other areas where we don't apply the same discriminating logic, such as playing cover tunes, playing strat-like Ibanez guitars, and so on.
I stand guilty on the inconsistent, discretionary logic flaw. I catch myself constantly applying one set of rules to one issue, and a different (usually less stringent) set of rules to some other matter. That's how most of us stumble through the day. Ah, but I wax philosophic.
Hey Rich, I PROMISE I won't buy, sell, encourage, endorse, play, admire, attempt to produce, smile at, wink at, fondle, or otherwise support the creation of any replicate Donnies, Rainforests, Rainbows, DNAs or other unique and collectable guitars. But I do
wish I could finish up this one I'm working on that looks just like a turd... Once I'm done, I will finally control my own destiny.