This is pure speculation on my part, but I think the NOS Custom Shop instruments are less common for a bunch of reasons: (1) If you’re into the “this is a reproduction of a 1950’s/1960’s guitar that looks new” vibe, a very good reissue can be had for significantly less money—whether you go US- or Mexican-made, and/or new or used. Whether it’s a USA-made reissue, a Vintura or whatever, you can get a fairly (visually) accurate reproduction of a vintage guitar for a reasonable price (compared to the investment of a Custom Shop axe). Plus, nowadays it is really easy to make a Partscaster with vintage specs and looks for very little money (relative to a CS guitar). My 1992 U.S. Vintage ‘62 Stratocaster looked as good as any NOS Custom Shop, even before I upgraded the cosmetics (pickguard, etc.). After I got done with all the mods, everyone immediately assumed it was a Fender Custom Shop creation...and all-in, I still paid significantly less than a NOS Custom Shop 1962 Stratocaster would have cost... (2) The trend is toward Relics right now... Most of us have heard that Keef was behind the initial relics (he didn’t feel it fit his image to go on the road with a showroom-new-squeaky-clean-looking guitar), but I also trace this back to the popularity of players like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Kurt Cobain, the guys from Sonic Youth, Jaco, Rory Gallagher, etc...they looked cool with those battered guitars—like they had spent their life with that guitar and it displayed the same scars the musician had on their (literal) bodies and (figurative) souls... Just like my daughter wearing my old Levi’s jacket from my 1980’s high-school years (although it’s an actual vintage jacket and every faded, ragged tear and worn spot is authentic—it’s not a “Relic”); I don’t know if she’d wear it if it looked brand new—maybe, maybe not...but it looks cool (besides the sentimental value of wearing her dad’s jacket). (3) I think most people that are willing to spend that kind of money on a guitar are (A) buying a status symbol, (B) insisting on “perfect” vintage specs (neck profile, fretboard radius, etc) or (C) wanting something unique. Well, they might get (A) and (B) covered, but based on assertion #1 (listed above), the NOS CS guitars aren’t gonna scratch itch (C). While a NOS CS Daphne Blue 1963 Stratocaster is rare and attractive to some people (not me—I detest baby blue guitars), if you spend the money for a CS re-creation of it, it’s not noticeably different from a US-made reissue (until you look at the back of the headstock or the COA [which I assume people don’t carry around with them] or the stitching inside the case). It doesn’t look significantly “Custom”, whereas a faux-battered version of the same thing probably won’t look exactly like any other one, and is more likely to be mistaken for an actual vintage instrument (which, let’s be honest, is part of the attraction to many people). (4) IMHO, (and pardon me if this offends you or you don’t agree), but a lot of the NOS CS guitars look very...vanilla. They don’t have much (visual) personality. As dynamic as my U.S. Vintage ‘62 Stratocaster looked when I bought it new, that was really only because of the color—Fiesta Red... If it had been Daphne or Sonic Blue, or Sunburst, or even Olympic White, it would’ve looked very commonplace. It stood out quite a bit due to the Fiesta Red finish...but even then, it looked a little...boring. That’s why I replaced the stock pickguard with an aged white mother-of-toilet-seat one, and the plain knobs/tremolo spring cover plate/pickup covers with an aged white (cream-colored) set—it made the vibrant FR color “pop” even more, besides making it a bit more personalized-looking. The other little cosmetic tweaks (etched neck plate, “CUSTOM” badge from the interior of a 1960’s Pontiac mounted on the “ashtray” bridge cover, signature decal on the back of the headstock, sticker of my band’s logo on the trem spring cover), besides the electronic modifications (5-way switch, push/pull pot that turns on the bridge pickup, Pete Biltoft SP-90 pickups) and then blocking the tremolo with a stack of quarters made it *truly* my guitar—after everything I did, there’s not another one like it anywhere in the world. By the time I was done with the modifications, it was #1 and remained that way for over a decade...it looked, sounded and felt exactly how I want a Stratocaster to look, sound and feel...(and then I discovered I liked Telecasters better and it got relegated to a beloved #2 instrument). If you go out and get a NOS CS guitar, it’ll undoubtedly be well-made and look very nice, but it might be a little (visually) boring, too. That’s my thoughts. I shouldn’t have had that third cup of coffee...this went on a bit more than I expected.