1 feet 8 months ago so i was on reverb, looking at falcons and stuff and weeping softly, as one does. and i saw a custom shop 2006 falcon (that has been there forever). upon closer inspection, i noticed it didn't have any signature or little plaque thing on it. then i realized that steven stern hasn't existed forever, and maybe, there was a time where things happened where he wasn't involved. so it got me thinking. what was the custom shop like before it came into focus as the custom shop we know and love today? who made them? how does the quality compare to today's custom shop, and the mij instruments of the time (and now)? when did the stern era begin?edit- upon closer inspection it appears that maybe that's his signature on the interior label. hard to read, but it was signed by someone. but that wasn't the point and most of my questions still stand.