darren wilson on 11:11 am on Mar. 5, 2002
The big drawback with custom, unless you go with a big-name "boutique" luthier, is that you will likely not be able to sell the guitar for what you paid for it.
Actually a couple of years ago I took an RG470FX and did some custom work on it. From start to finish I had $250.00 invested in it and sold it for $425.00. The last time that guitar was on Ebay (yes it's been there a couple of times) it went for $625.00. (Flat Black Hardtail with Silver Dragon Inlay and Two Gold covered Humbuckers, I filled the center coil cavity and painted over it)
You also might remember that a guitar such as Ernest's pictured here:
Which ran him somewhere in the neighborhood of $900.00 to build sold for close to $1400.00 I believe. While these two case's may be the exception to the rule, the internet and mass ability to show off a custom allows you to sell it to a much wider audience than found at your local guitar store in the past. So I'd have to say if the custom is done right chances are you could re-coop your initial investment. It's a gamble either way. The best thing to do is have a custom built for yourself the way you want it if your going that route.
Flashy/trendy/flavour-of-the-month finishes (including wacky colours, graphics and swirls) may not appeal to you (or anyone else) in a few years, leaving you with an expensive guitar that gathers dust.
There will always be a collector somewhere, just ask Rich
When investing a lot of money in a guitar, it's best to be a bit cautious... unless you have a bottomless pit of money to draw upon.
Still very safe words to live by. Then again satisfaction is an elusive creature to get a hold of when it comes to guitars.
There's likely a reason Vai has gravitated away from the fluorescent colours, floral prints and swirls in favour of more understated guitars.
Everyones tastes do change throughout their lifetime, I use to be addicted to reese's peanut butter cups now it's dark chocolate for me. Seriously I'm not picking on anyone here especially you Darren. I just wanted to take the oppertunity to show the other side of the fence.