Originally Posted by Formerly Given To Fly
When a signature model guitar causes controversy, it tends to sell well.
EBMM Majesty - John Petrucci's "other" signature model guitar created some controversy due to its aesthetics. Despite the slight resemblance to a shovel, Majesties seem to sell rather well. I think it has something to do with it being a great guitar that wins people over.
PRS Silver Sky - John Mayer's signature model. The controversy was created when people pointed out it resembled a Stratocaster and Paul Reed Smith pointed out it was nothing like a Stratocaster. They were sold out for the first year of production.
Ibanez PIA - I think the controversy with this guitar was in the presentation: the PIA completely usurped the JEM with no real explanation. People were caught off guard, something people usually don't appreciate. Never the less, guitar stores do not seem to have trouble selling them.
I am not saying controversy is a necessity to sell a signature guitar, but in some cases, if it gets people talking, controversy seems to help.
What is the saying? "The only bad publicity is NO publicity
I think one thing all those guitars have in common is that they're all actually great, highly functional guitars from reputable builders. I think the thing for me is that for both the Majesty and the Pia, despite technically perhaps being better guitars than the "traditional" signature models they replaced. Neither "looks" as good. And for the most part humans are visual creatures,
The Pia for example has stainless steel frets and a more evolved cutaway on the rear of the lower horn designed to aid top fret access. Those arguably make it a "higher performance" guitar than the JEM. But the visual aspects such as the "petal grip" and rounded body contours make it look like a grilled cheese version of the JEM.
The Majesty has similar issues, greater fret access, fancy switching systems, and a spot in aisle 3 at the garden supplies store...
The Silver Sky is a, well, it's a Strat. With a PRS headstock. But John Mayer has bagged loads of hotties and if you buy this guitar, maybe you will too!