The Suhr Reb Beach model is a gorgeous guitar in looks, playability and sound and if a company offered to make me a signature guitar like that i'd be there in a heartbeat!!!
That said though.....was Reb even with Ibanez any more? It's not like there's been a Reb Beach Ibanez model for many,many years.
And as good a guitarist as he is most younger players wouldn't even know who he was i don't think.
On the subject of Ibanez not making any ebony fretboard models any more..........i really don't understand why either ???
I remember reading that they said it was because they couldn't get good qaulity ebony any more but that just isn't true. Other companies (ESP and Jackson to name a few) make many guitars with stunning quality ebony boards so why don't Ibanez ?
As far as i'm concerned Ibanez just don't make any really exciting guitars any more! Even the J-Customs don't look very special any more and why on earth did they stop making drool-worthy guitars like the RG-Art type guitars?
They're all really similar to each other, just different colour flame maple tops with either a rosewood/vine or a rosewood/dot fretboard. Meh....
And when the majority of your endorsees don't want to use the trems your producing then surely that should tell you something.
I may partially agree with you.
Reb beach is a great player but 95% of the people who were not watching Mtv back in 1988 do not know who is he even thou he played with Dokken and Whitesnake too. But those are considered oldies by kids today.
Those decisions on behalf of the players are business decisions and the fans must not take if personal.
If I had a contract with a company that makes me a limited number of guitars a year and someone else approaches me and offer me to build a custom model with my name
on it, that is a no brainer; I would jump ship too. Besides the ego lifting experience of having a guitar with your name on it, obviously the endorsees with a signature model may receive a type of royalty payment or something like that.
In every kind of business you want to be better, improve your status and position, get better paid. Musicians are basicly self employed, so this type of deals and endorsements is the equivalent to getting a promotion on your job.
But going back to Broderick, for what I had seen so far he will do the same as Rusty Coley their signature models are almost replicas of what they had in Ibanez.