It really depends on the piece. I had a standard MIA Jazz I bought new in '83. It had a one-ply/one-piece white pickguard and strat knobs which are not well thought of, yet the bass was really solid over many years of use and abuse. At the time I sold it it had an Fender Elite bridge, SD active "Live Wire" pickups, a graphite nut and was defretted out of necessity(I wore the frets-out...damn Rotosounds!). Even though I got more for it than I paid new I wish I still had it.
So even though the sky is the limit, there are limits to what we'll call "sky".