Are they REALLY worth the money? I see them in the classifieds here all the time... Alembic, F Bass, Sadowsky, Fodera, Skjold, Mike Lull,etc... Do they really sound and play THAT much better or is it a status thing? I've got an '07 German Warwick Corvette std. 5 and a 2010 Fender American std. P w/ SD Antiquity PU and other than the Fender Marcus Miller V I played a few months back I've yet to find another bass that makes my ears and hands as happy as either of these. I've never played a boutique bass. I understand that the attention to detail is far superior than say, mass produced instruments. I've seen the beautiful flamed tops and the fantastic grain of the woods, the fantastic finishes.. I get that cosmetically, they are on another level. But in all honesty, in terms of playability and sound, whats the difference between say, my Warwick (assuming its been professionally setup, frets dressed, etc) and a boutique bass? Lets say Fodera for instance, since they seem to be very popular. I have a friend with one who swears by it but I've never played it. I feel like I can get any sound I need between my two main bass guitars so I really want to know what the big fuss is about boutique basses, other than that you can custom order them to your own specs.