LOL at all the haters! There are some too many folks who drank more than their share of Hater-ade! Me, I'm still thrilled by my 2 team built custom shops. In January of 2013 I plan on ordering a Masterbuilt in hopes of having it when I retire later that year. I won't think twice about the decision or my choice of luthier. It will be worth every penny to me. However, it's good to know that if I wasn't as fortunate that I could still buy a fine guitar at 1/10 the price with Fender on the headstock. Building my own is not an option as I just don't have those skills. Fender serves lots of folks and meets demands in many markets: the beginner, the amateur, the teen, the weekend warrior, the pro, etc. Thank goodness.