Romantic notions about the industry? Can you point out the bit where I said Petrucci and EBMM were tossing JPs to fans for free, like candy? I didn't say it was charity, I said Sterling viewed selling these instruments to customers as a service to Petrucci's fans. And just because they make a profit doing that doesn't negate the point either. Honestly, you sound really entitled, or at the very least jaded...not only do you complain that someone else's sig model should have a variety of features for you to choose from for your own convenience (I mean, forget that it's their guitar, right?), you also feel the need to complain about EBMM making updates to the signature that you're not interested in because you subjectively deem them to be insignificant spec changes. I won't argue with you about them being worthwhile changes in JP's eyes (which I believe them to be), because I know what you're saying, and you'll just come back at me with the comment that Petrucci and EBMM are 'in on it' and are trying to rip people off by releasing 'meaningless' model updates every year. However, let me ask you this: is that actually a more reasonable assumption than simply believing JP just wanted to try out some different specs on his own guitar, and also decided to make it available for sale to fans? Hell, let's say he knew he was going to make some money off of it too. That'd be his primary motivation for changing the specs on his guitar to you, to milk his fans of more money? Why does it have to be some big money-grubbing conspiracy just because they're a business that pursues a profit? I mean, is every business not operating at a loss trying to wring every single penny out of their customers to you? EBMM/JP pleasing their fans and making a profit are not incompatible concepts, they can do both at the same time without becoming a caricature of Ebenezer Scrooge. The kicker here is that you're taking the ~9 models available for sale as proof of a cash grab, when in reality it'd be more of a cash grab if EBMM brought out a new model each year and immediately retired them once its successor came out the year after. Even then I'd argue with you about it being a 'cash grab', but at least then it'd seem like they're trying to maximise recurring annual sales via model updates. However, offering all those different models for sale isn't something that they have to do, and in some ways it's honestly detrimental to the success of the JP line. Why? Because everyone is always asking things like 'what's the difference between the JPX and JPXI?', indicating the model line gets more and more confusing with each new addition. Moreover, some features are only available on certain models and not others, so not only would it simplify things to consolidate those features to one model, it'd also allow you to get more variety: want a floyd rose on your JP XII? Not a problem if they just give you a bunch of drop down menus on an order form. Given how much criticism has been directed at EBMM that they DON'T do that, I'd wager they could stand to make a lot more money if they added it as a feature, even if it'd come with an associated tooling and production cost. But like I was saying, they're not going to do that because of how Sterling feels about maintaining the integrity of the signature models and their likeness to the artist's preferences. Call that a cash grab if you want, or some sort of naivete on my part about how the industry works, but as far as I'm concerned you haven't done your homework on EBMM and are just talking out of your a$$ about how corporations 'theoretically' exist to suck you dry. And I'm done with the OT discussion, given that this is a thread about Jason Richardson, not JP. So probably best to drop it before the thread gets derailed.