Re: When were Prestige/JC guitars at their height of quality?
They answer that it is "process", to which my reply is it's time to change the process. They did just fine on the JEM777's.
Although PLEK would be more useful 3 months after build when the neck has had time to settle, PLEK at Fujigen is where it would need to be. The US is 1/2 the world market but that leaves 50% of the guitars without, and not exactly fair. And in the end they'd only PLEK what financially deserves to be when you're cranking thru 15,000+ guitars a month. So not only would the PLEX cost $110k but you'll pay another $50k a year for somebody dedicated to using it, and at most it can do how many a year?
BTW I've seen close ups of the AZ's and they are a different process, they appear to be fretted after the necks are cleared as they are not covered in clearcoat.