That's funny, considering the J. Frog version is the original. In fact, it's the J. Frog in the videos, but the on-hand ESP rep made George slap an ESP decal on the headstock. Then, the ESP version came out that was totally off. Not to put you down or anything, but Johnny Garcia (J. Frog) is still the dude that makes them and Ed sells them. To be honest--how can the maker of the original "Mom" bones be inferior to the others?
While I appreciate your knowledge, I am a friend of John Garcia's (through Garrard Ganaden) and can tell you with 100% certainty that J. Frog (John Garcia) does not have anything to do with the individual guitars and has not been directly involved with production for some time now. He is still supposed to get a royalty for each guitar sold but that is about it.
There is nothing accurate about Ed's version with the exception that it is a guitar with skull and bone shapes carved into it and he bought the name J. Frog from John back in the late 90s. If you believe that guitar looks like the original than by all means purchase one or advocate for Ed Roman. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I respect that, however, when you get a chance look at the old Dokken videos or guitar mags from the mid 80s and do your own comparison.
I started my replica project after purchasing a J. Frog from Ed and being highly disappointed in the accuracy and quality. After I purchased it, I went to the Hard Rock in Los Angeles when the original was still there and took photos of it to make mine more accurate. When I got a good look at the original, I realized that there was nothing I could do to improve it and decided to start my computer model to have a body cut on a CnC.
I am just trying to be informative and let people know that if they want an accurate replica of the original to avoid Ed Roman, ESP, and X-Ray versions. They are all good guitars in their own right, just not accurate to the original.