Rip Off Carvin's Custom Shop deal - not a true custom shop..
This doesn't seem to me like it would be too huge of an economical stretch. *I'm not in the guitar business but...
Why can't you have an online site that has a (fake) custom shop where you can choose your options but not have a complete custom guitar built for you. *It would be more of an assembly line than anything.
body types (RG, S, AX, hollow body, each with an option for 7 strings and Piezos). *
Trem selection (Lo-Pro, Edge, Fixed, Wilkenson!)
Pick-up configuration (with an upgrade option for your choice of DiMarzios)
Neck Type (Wizard, Wizard II, Jem, Prestige, Maple, Ebony, or Rosewood boards)
Inlay option (dots, off set dots, *no inlays, pyramids, vines)
Finishes (10-15 colors, options for quilts and flame tops. Dare I say swirls or a few select graphics?)
It sounds like a dream world to most of us here, but Carvin already does this exact thing. *Ibanez would sell TONS of guitars this way without a doubt. *What in the world prevents it other than some organization?