Well, I know that such a comparison is moot in essence; since a particular AO can be better than a particular CS or vice versa. Plus, "better" is also an extremely subjective term since player preferences differ. Accepting and passing such points; I'm curious about your laid-back opinions on those lines from Fender. I had the chance to compare an AO Jazz and CS 1962 Closet Classic Jazz (VVT) in a music store. The differences I can tell are; AO is cheaper, lighter, gave a better P-ish tone on neck pickup emphasis. Feels a little better to my back (lighter). CS is expensive, heavier, has a little more "body" to its overall sound (for lack of a better term). Quarter sawn neck. Feels a little better to my hand. The rest seems to be equal-ish. Considering that I can add more "body" to the AO sound with a decent amp or onboard EQ, I'm curious about your opinions on why the off-the-shelf CS is that expensive and if it's worth it or not. A price paid for a CS built to custom peculiar specs is understandable - I'm talking about off-the-shelf CS basses. Instead of buying that, one could buy a main AO jazz + a backup Player Jazz + an amp. I must admit that the CS "mojo" is attractive; knowing that you are playing a (so called - by Fender) top-of-line instrument gives a certain confidence. But is that all? Is Fender able to sell off-the-shelf CS basses due to insecurities and ego hunger of some players, or are they really that good and am I missing something? Please help me understand the situation.