@dd12939 - Actually a great question. As you know not much new under the sun. Fender and Gibson created icons no denying that. We take things that to us as players inspire us and build upon them. The influence is sometimes obvious and sometimes not so much. We all still play music on one level or another and I think that makes the difference at Schecter, we have a a passion about guitars still.
As for how far do we go, its always what just feels right. We stare at these things for weeks as we design and just go with what we like.