Okay, I've seen lots of threads about Wish, Dingwall, and some others. I love the look of Alembics. A boutique bass is, at least on this forum, somewhat of a holy grail. Problem is: My heroes all play off the rack instruments. You know, Fender Gibson Dane Electro Rickenbacker Hofner etc. I go to the music store and try to buy what McCartney played on his last video. Now I keep hearing all this talk about these boutique custom made basses. I could buy 5 Rickenbacker 4003s for the price of a new Alembic. 3 Gibsons for the price of a Dingwall. I can make music with an Epiphone just as I can with a Fodera. So tell me tb crew, what makes the boutique basses worth so much more than the instruments my heroes got rich and famous playing?