Those are quite bad pictures shot with quite some dust on the shells, you can clearly see that. Not really fair to judge a line by these.That's interesting. I have seen two Live Customs in a shop (one in amber shadow, one in emerald green shadow) and their lacquer was absolutely smooth, no ripples on them. Aparently someone did not check the laqcquer job properly before sending the drums out.
Yamaha's lacquers are bare none. I do say these are more stroked lines then on other LC's (and could be applied by accident) but it is consistent over the whole kit.
The LC does have a more stroked lacquer appliance then the more brushed Oak Custom finishes.