Most of you guys lack a very basic reading comprehension.
I'm not talking about what ESP, Jackson or Ibanez custom shops do, I'm talking about what Ibanez custom shop COULD be doing.
They COULD be a finishing only shop.
That will save them time AND money like nothing else.
I'll spell it out for you since you seem to be having a blonde week
95% of people on this forum want a customised RG therefore Mr Hosono (and Hoshino USA) can just order (and I'm not even saying from Japan - he could order them from Korea or Indonesia for all I care as after assembly and tweaking IN the custom shop in CA no one will be able to tell the difference)
30 RG ash bodies
30 RG mahogany bodies
30 RG alder bodes
30 RG baswood bodies
5 Koa and 5 Korina bodies
only routed for a hum in the bridge
with let's say 5 of each rear routed with no trem route, 5 front routed with no trem route, 10 rear routed with trem route and 10 front routed with trem route.
50 wizard II necks with blank ebony fretboard (15 reversed headstock)
50 wizard II necks with blank maple fretboard (15 reversed and 5 of each type with birdseye maple fretboards)
50 wizard II necks with blank rosewood fretboard (again 15 reversed)
A selection of scratchplates (white, black, pearloid, again only cut for a hum in the bridge)
70 Edge kits, 60 Lo pro kits and 20 Edge pro kits
So now when all these parts show up from Japan (or Korea), all they'll need to do in that custom shop is to route for extra pickups (according to the order), reshape the neck to wizard or jem or whatever, inlay the neck with dots, side dots, shark fins or a vine, install the preferred fret size, paint the body and assemble it.
There you go - a business model of what Ibanez COULD be doing instead of telling us how small their shop is and how they make everything in the US.
Hoshino USA, WAKE UP dudes, wake up.
I have even spelled out half your business model for you, take advantage.