Thanks guys. All the encouragement I've gotten here has been a really help. Here's a bunch of answers, comments and some better pictures.
These are best described as semi-production guitars. I've built a few up front, but ideally, each will be built to order and I'll accomodate as many of the customers wishes as possible.
Some of the features are carved in stone: the neck profile and the body shape especially. Designing these in such a way that I could keep the guitar physically both light and balanced was a lot of work and I wouldn;t want to mess with that. The total weight is only 7 pounds and it hangs on a strap perfectly without pulling down at all. So that's not going to change. Besides, as Ibanez players, you guys would feel right at home on this neck. It's pretty much the same feel and dimensions as my 7421XL.
Other features are infintely changable.
We can provide just about any finish you can think of and if there's any difficulty with that I'm willing to send it out to LGM for one of his mini-miracles. The only finish I'd like to avoid is bare oil because it can lead to maintainance issues dwn the line as the oil dries out.
Pickups are almost infintely changable, especially among different Dimarzios. I now have a really good working relationship with Dimarzio and I'm sure they'd let us try any pickup of theirs in any position. The piezo's are a little more problematic. I'm having a hum problem still that I hope to deal wth in the next couple days, but I'm starting to think that I may have made the electronics more complicated than they needed to be, especially for a new startup. Given the level of acoustic response just running the humbuckers, I'm not as convinced as I once was that the piezo is necessary.
The layout of the controls can also be customized. The first few guitars were built with no control holes and we drilled them after the finish was complete.
A solid body is definitely available, as is a chambered body without an F hole. A left handed version is also available for no up charge.
Dots are available on the fingerboard (these have side dots only) as are more complicated inlays (From LGM or Thorn. I'm dying to do some wiork with Jeremy, so I hope someone wants one of his vines).
I was planning to offer different wood combinations, but I'm so pleased with the ash, that I may scrap that plan. The weight, the balance, and the sound are just where I want them withthe ash body and maple neck. One wood option that can be done to the users wishes is the fingerboard. These are pau ferro, which I like, but ebony, rosewood or maple are all available.
I'm still playing with the pricing, but the basic startup price is $2,000. It's probably going to go up a bit fairly soon, because my costs are ludicrousy high. I've tried not to cut any corners, but going first class has taken a toll financially. On the other hand, I'm willing to make a pretty decent deal on the guitars from the initial batch just to help finance some more. Other than mine, there are two 7's and a 6 pre-built that I'm willing to cut a deal on.
If anyone has any other questions, please feel free to ask and I'll do my best to provide some answers.