The PRS/Ibanez thread really touched on something that really bothers me. I'm going to ask a question. What makes something Expensive? Feel free to answer however you like. I think there are alot of variables including Supply and demand/rarity/Scarcity Craftsmanship/quality/man hours Marketing/hype And last but not least....because the seller/manufacturer says so! As we all should know by now, nearly every production guitar in the world and even most of the "limited runs" are basically carved and in some cases assembled by machines. The CNC machine alone has both helped and hurt the consumers of electric guitars. Not only has it made guitar production more cost efficient and speedy, it has also raised general quality by way of consistency/ accuracy This allows us the consumer to get our hands on extremely low priced guitars that are of a level of quality that generations before us would have dropped dead for at sub 1k prices. This is good for the player... But it also creates a problem for the big money buyers...the guys who are looking for the "real deal", as the quality gap almost doesn't exist anymore. So what do the company's do to accommodate the guys that are wanting the "real deal" ? they build practically the same thing with the same processes...(CNC or the likes) and finish it in "special color" or with a special electronics compliment, or any combination of subtle changes that differentiate it just enough, from the "lower end" fair. They may even offer "higher quality woods" or "exotic woods" this is where they really put the screws to your wallet. Then it gets the final finishing by human hands that the other guitars get as well but this time it gets a few more steps and a bit more care taken the others didn't get...(sometimes this isn't even the case) And now folks, they present to you the "Real deal" and you present to them a big pile of money.... They were selling and you were buying...bottom line. All value is a matter of perception. Alot of these "high end" guitars are of such little monetary significance to the manufacturer that they regularly give them away to YouTubers and other demo/review folks who hype it up so big that if you have the means and desire you WILL own it. I won't even start on the pedal side of the business.. We have been down that road before. Things are expensive most of the time, because there seems to be more good salesman than people with good sense. Rant....to be continued.