That has been my feeling all along. There are a lot of posters on the forums that own guitars that fill the gap between American Standards, and Custom Shop models. The AVRI, AV, PV, etc. I haven't seen them comparing their guitars either positively or negatively against the much daunted C.V. I am in no way detracting from the CV, in fact as I've stated I've played a CVC quite a few times that a relative owns, also a CV Strat that my nephew owns. Very nice guitars both of them. I thought for a while I would buy one, kind of monkey see monkey do thing I guess but each time I would start to carry one out the door, I would put it back down. I don't know why, I had my mind made up to buy one, I can afford it, I just didn't. I went to a little music get together last night to watch an old friend play. I didn't play, didn't even have any interest in playing I just wanted to watch my friend. Kind of a his night thing. He did well too. One of the young guys had one of those Modern player Teles with a humbucker bridge, strat in the middle, and neck pickup. It was a fine sounding guitar, and the young man playing it was very entertaining. In fact I never once thought of the cost of his guitar, I only enjoyed his playing and he was a hell of a singer. I did wish I could buy some of his youth and enthusiasm!!!