I played a few Luke III's. Wonderful guitars. I had the opportunity to try one with the full rosewood neck before they switched to the maple+rosewood combo. Great guitars. Unfortunately for me, the Luke models have fairly low frets, which I never felt comfortable with.
I have 7 EBMM guitars and they are all top shelf, high quality instruments. I have two from their first run using roasted necks when they had the RM/ Black Sugar finish guitars and bought an AL HH and Gold Roller (1 of 3 made). The Roller may be the best playing and sounding guitar I own and the only time I ever plugged in a new guitar and had everyone in the store surround me lol. They were all asking what it was and making comments like " That is a one in a million axe" which feels great when it's your guitar lol. I just started playing again a little bit over a year due to hand issues and some personal problems and have not been on the Ball forum. I would of loved to have ordered one of those PDN's as everyone I have seen is hot.A great company that always makes a few special runs for the loyalist.
As bad an idea I think it is to put roasted maple on a Gibson, I get weak in the knees whenever I see a curly roasted maple neck on a Strat type guitar. I want one bad.
My coworker is building a guitar, and recently got in a 4"X4"X36" chunk of master grade curly roasted maple. One of the most gorgeous pieces of wood I've ever seen, and stupid light and resonant. A curly roasted maple quartersawn neck... the mind boggles...