I’ve never understood the insane prices for those custom-shop beat-up numbers. However, I was passing some time at Bananas at Large in Santa Rosa yesterday, checking out a few teles (through a Hot Rod DeVille) - really liked the Baja and may just end up with one. At any rate, after I played several, the salesman put one in my hands and told me to play it before I looked at the price. It looked like ten miles of bad road, but the neck felt good, and it was nice and light, so I plugged it in and my God - no settings had changed on the amp, but it just sounded huge, profound, and resonant. The guitar itself was a master-built custom shop. I would call it a ‘custom-custom’, because it had the double binding like the ‘62 customs and a HB in the neck like a ‘72 customs. It also had, interestingly enough, a left-handed bridge (i.e. the bridge pickup was slanted the opposite direction you would normally expect). The way that guitar felt, sounded, and played, it was simply incredible. I would gladly trade all my other guitars for this one, but I tend to doubt I’ll ever have get one like it.