Well, I'm not the biggest Ibanez fan you'll find in the world, but I've been quite a supporter of them for years and years. I currently have 5 of them and have had UVs, Prestiges, JPMs, Talmans etc.
With that disclaimer out of the way
, I'll admit that I recently placed an order for an Anderson. I've played a few now and finally settled on a Drop Top H-S-S with a Floyd and a gorgeous finish. I fully anticipate the guitar coming to me FLAWLESS. And since you were asking about why people go after boutique guitars, this is one reason for me personally. If there is something, anything wrong, it'll go back. With brand new Ibanez guitars, I've just accepted flaws and had to get them fixed, especially knowing about Ibanez customer-no-service. I still liked my Ibanez guitars, but I had to have BRAND NEW guitars worked on for uneven frets and bad electronics. That shouldn't happen to expensive, high-end Ibanez guitars, but it's happened to me several times. That's why I reccommend Rich to people, cause I know they'll come perfect to you.
But in any case, with an Anderson, you can be certain that the neck and fretwork will be mind-boggling - at least they have been to me.
Anyhow, it's going to have stainless steel frets and a beautiful quilt top, plus tons of pickup possibilities with their "switcheroos". I don't think I got a bad price at all for something that I know will be immaculate and perfectly set up out of the box. The Andersons I have played have played themselves and had action better than many Ibanez I've had. But that's not to say that it's the right guitar for every situation, and that's why I'll keep some Ibanez and my EBs. I'm just dying for it to arrive though because playing the ones in the store got me so psyched.