Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: A Mile High (USA)
I actually inspected my GEAR this morning before packing it up. I've seen the chipping on Shawn's, but his is a "player" anyways. I got mine NOS, and it is crisp and new. NO chipping. The only "flaws" that I could even find were miniscule gaps between parts of the walnut gear inlays and the mahogany top. Still, considering that at the time there wasn't another guitar that could really compare, it's hard to call that a "flaw". It could just be a factor of the technique used.
Compared to a JEM10th, a JS10th, a DNA, or a PRS Artist (or even most of the Dragons), then yes. 48 units IS a small production run. Even the 90HAMs were mass-produced in comparison.