I just returned from my local music supermarket, where I strummed a $175,000 Martin acoustic guitar! It had 24 karat gold hardware (frets, tuning machines and strap buttons), ebony tuning keys, decorated with Chinese symbols made of ivory and very intricate mother-of-pearl inlays. Also on display were a couple of cheapies -- a $50,000 model and a $25,000 model. One of the salesmen told me that the $25K guitar had been sold earlier this afternoon ("I sold a kidney for nothing?"). I will post pictures after my POS scanner has been repaired.