I commisioned Phil of Phiga guitars to build me a Wolf replica w/ the fx loop and Single-Humbucker-Humbucker DiMarzio Super IIs and I customized it just a bit, requesting the addition of extra brass in the neck to complement the brass nut and bridge (doesn't do wonders for the already considerable weight of the axe but also really helps it resonate like a bell), 2 x 3-position toggle switches for the humbuckers (Series, Parallel, Single), exquisitely done herring-bone style marquetry binding the neck on both sides...and how does it play and sound?
Like a dream...period.
The neck feels like it was made for my hands - and, it was (!) Phil worked with me on every aspect of neck design...from the shape (I requested a rounded soft-V) to the frets (Medium-Jumbo) to the action (High - the only way to get that pristine note separation) to the radius (14 - flat as an aircraft carrier's deck, but not ridiculously so like a banjo) You see, if you're a collector, then go get hung-up on 'accuracy' and don't waste a real luthier's time, but if you're a true player with a clear and focused concept of touch, technique, and tone then you can't wrong with anything this guy builds for you - provided you remain an active constituent of that process.
Sure, the frets need a bit of dressing down, and the truss rod needs adjusting and the circuitry I am going to mod a bit to get it just where I want it, but people - need I remind you that J. Garcia designed his own f/x loop and was an extremely active part of his equipment's development?!?
We each have different personalities and dispositions as players and the dressing of frets or fine-tuning of circuitry is part and parcel of that labor of love.
With all that said let me add that though I told Phil that cost was not an issue and that he should feel free to take every liberty regarding the aesthetics and tonality of the instrument, he pleasantly surprised me by charging me a literal FRACTION of what anyone else out there is charging - and for some of the very finest luthier work I have ever seen in 23 solid years of playing. In addition, he is a very thoughtful and attentive person - responding to all my inane emails with characteristic friendliness and reassurance.
Look, I don't really feel it appropriate for all levels of players to be handling to what amounts as a Master's instrument - nor yet would I supplicate those with the same dream as mine to defer it...so, if you absolutely must have a replica (and can play it!) then do yourself a favor and check him out. I have 12 vintage guitars (including a '69 SG and a '57 Strat) that have just been collecting dust ever since I received my Wolf three months ago...if that's not testimony enough, I don't know what is.