Scott- I'm gonna guess here, but I'll ask some friends that have been to the LACS-
HIGHLY OVER-RATED. *Much like Hoshino in PA, I'm sure the LACS is a few offices, several phones and a small, but complete, wood-working shop in the back. *I don't think it's this huge crystal palace everyone makes it out to be in their minds.
When I went thru Hoshino, I was expecting Satch to pop his head out of a huge jam space in the back and say "Hey! *join us for a song or two with this spare Crystal Planet here...". *Instead, that "jam space" was a lunch room with 6 chairs and a fridge. * The place is basically a big ol' warehouse....with drums. *Lots and lots of drums (Tama). *Sure, they have the little conference room with LNG #1 and a few other badass guitars, but...that's really it. *there's nothing more to see. *Concrete-floored building with cool people who work in it.
Wait- that's not entirely true. *Outside of Jim Donahue's office was an AX body laying in a pile of other severely twisted guitar body parts. *It had a 4"x4" square chunk taken out of the body...right by the edge of the tailpiece. *I was going to ask him why, but since my CST was still in Jim's office, I didn't risk it. *
You'll have more fun checking out the guitars/custom jobs/collections of the folks here on the Forum. *Come to Jemfest and you'll see a few of them in person! *(www.jemfest.com
) *Trust me- it's much better than walking past row after row after row of drums.
Oh- and there is no "memoribilia" per se. *Maybe an Ibanez t-shirt, or the cool LACS ones that were at Jemfest last year...certainly not any part of a neck. *