Show it. I've seen Mike Orrigo holding PIA and talking about it at the LACS, considering he's Steves AR rep that's where the guitars go from Japan before going to the artist, although I'm sure alot of collaboration was done there. I'm sure Steve was there thru alot of the design work. And I already said I doubt any of his Premiums are actually Indo.
I said they were modified, almost everything he has has been modified in some way. I also said I'm willing to bet money all those PIA's all built at Fujigen......
That disclaimed has been on the site for years to keep 100 people a day calling and asking to get something custom built. Yes, they build custom guitars one off in LA, much of it using Japanese parts, and once specs are settled on if something is slated for production, the guitars themselves are built in Japan, or Indo, or wherever production is.
I don't have time to go digging for that now as I'm out and about, it might have been a video with Martin Miller and Tom Quayle and their guitars, saw it last year. The other video I'm sure is already posted on Jemsite, at least was uploaded in this last week with the US guy in the workshop with the PIA prototypes. Stuff like the scalloped neck, that would have been purpose built to not ruin the vine (or at least better to purpose build with the scallop in mind). And I'm not saying that Japan doesn't play a heavy role in the guitars, I'm saying he's not playing what we're playing.
When we were playing Ebony board 7V's Vai had Rosewood, he's had custom made true temperament fretted necks on his 7V's and his EVO body has a different paint job to the production guitars (it has faded to cream, the production ones from 1993 still look brand new bright white). He made a video years ago about how the body and neck on EVO both resonate to the same pitch. Vai has made videos where he's at that custom shop in the USA talking to the guys, the Woody being one of the best and most in depth recent examples.
Nothing I've seen about Steve's guitars over the years and what he discusses in interviews points to him playing production guitars, and I'm not saying he's not playing stuff made in Japan, but I am saying he's most certainly playing stuff made in that USA shop.