Isn't the 'Roach' Schecter a 'Diamond Series' anyway? I'm pretty sure it is, which makes it a Korean made, low scale guitar, basically a C-1 with a decal and different inlay.. To me, his sig. model is aimed at the common fan, mass-marketed.. This is all moot, but I seriously doubt Schecter would've released his sig. model under their american series.. It wouldn't sell at that price point..
I personally don't really see a need for an Ibanez custom shop, the long waits (Jackson's customs are getting close to a year wait now) and inflated prices are gonna be hard for the average person.. Let's face it, 9/10ths of the 'Custom Shop Market' is not into Ibanezs' guitars, the Jackson and BCRich players want neck-through, the rest want classic (ie F*nder Gibs*n, PRS)designs...
I see Ibanez's major market as the mid to mid-high, at the top, somewhere in the $600-1500(street price) range.. A Custom Shop Ibanez, built to someone's specs could run over $3000, I don't think they see room for themselves in that area in the US.. Sure you have the Y2K, and HAM 90th models, but those were limited edition, and all made to the same specs.. They weren't taxing their (probably small) California shop to make them either..
I'd rather see more colors in the RG5xxs, or a rebirth of the RG7xx(like the RG770FM on the Japanese site), than a US Custom shop.. How many of us would get something from said Custom shop, that would be so different from a stock model to be worth an extra $1000+ and a 12 month wait? *
Sorry, I got carried away.. I just don't see an 'Open to the Public Ibanez Custom Shop' happening in the near future.. IMO Custom Guitar Wares seems like a much better solution, and is much cheaper when you really think about it..
Whew, I can't believe I actually wrote a post this long..