Re: Quality test: Original vs Custom
I don't own a custom but I'll throw an opinion out there. A body is easy enough to fake. A well done custom body should be indistinguishable from the real thing. Obviously hardware is going to be the same on both guitars. The one thing that's always made me skeptical of customs is the neck. That's where most of the feel of the instrument will come from and there doesn't seem to be a simple set of plans floating around the internet about how to make an Ibanez neck. All the custom necks I see always focus on how the inlays look but never mention how they play and feel.
I'm looking forward to your feedback. Not suggesting that you'll do this, but I hope that you leave off the rose-colored glasses for the review. I feel like more often than not, the reviews of customs display a fair amount of choice-supportive bias.