I've been looking at the Custom Shop for a very long time now, and every time I'm reminded that they're recreating the "classics". The original Fender icons from the 50's were designed with practicality in mind, and made mostly by people with a basic knowledge of power tools and woodworking, not by "master luthiers". They were also made with the musician in mind, not the collector as they are today. These days it's all about exotic woods, roasted maple and master builders (whoever those are). I always remind myself that Buddy Guy has a MIM as his backup guitar, so.... I find that asking somebody to pay $5,000 for a replica, that's what these CS instruments really aspire to be, of an old instrument that was built by ordinary people is just a little insane. Back in the day, Leo didn't hire master luthiers and builders, he hired street labor. For crying out loud, in the early days the guy used to eat at a roach coach just to save money. It's a little pretentious of Fender to pretend that only a master luthier can craft an instrument, when in reality these things were designed by a brilliant engineer who didn't even play guitar. And they want an arm and a leg for one.