I'm not seeing the part where I said "EVO has a Sustainer in it" or where I even mentioned the name "FLO". Anyone else see that? I see the part where I say "VWH with a Sustainer in it"....but that's all I see.
At what point does customization become deviation? From the moment the first screw is removed to replace the strap buttons with clip locks? One drop of solder? New pickups? New tuners? New trem? New neck? Christ, JP has a new blue EB/MM-JPM double-neck and no one is yelling that it's not a sig. model or how he's "deviating" from the original/in-store models.
What's the problem with artists trying new things out? Why not try a Sustainer? Why not try a Double Edge system? If you like it, then try to incorporate it into your sig. line.
I play(ed) a JEM because it's a very comfortable guitar, and offered me more options than the "usual" models out there, that haven't seen advancement since the headstock was re-shaped smaller.
Do you want to forge ahead, with the artist at the forefront, or do you want the same old thing we've been getting for years? If the artists don't do it, then who will?
I didn't think so.