Re: Best custom guitar shops?
If you have an RG you're willing to donate/convert, Michael over at LiveWire LLC can put a new fingerboard with inlay on the neck and convert the body to a JEM style (i.e. monkey grip & lion's claw trem route) and paint it however you like, including killer swirling if that's your taste. He does outstanding work and had reasonable rates. Doing it that would would save you a lot of cash buying a raw new body ($250-ish depending on wood choice & vendor) and especially in a custom neck from scratch ($500-1000 depending on vendor, choice of woods and quality).