I just looked on Ebay at the Fender Custom Shop basses that are for sale, and it seems like everyday the prices are getting higher and higher, and more and more ridiculous.. to the point that these replicas are as expensive, or even more expensive than the original basses they are emulating. Just a couple examples.. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fender-Cust...d-/190894126888?pt=Guitar&hash=item2c722d3728 http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fender-Cust...s-/231061155323?pt=Guitar&hash=item35cc516dfb I've seen real '57s go for less than that lately, and 100% original '72 Ps go for half that! Obviously there are a lot of people out there with more dollars than sense, but c'mon people, don't ya think when the price of the replicas meet or exceed the originals there's a problem? Like maybe the Custom Shop is ripping people off just a little bit? What in the name of God do these basses have on them that make them so ghastly expensive? What's so "masterful" about a masterbuilt? What, because this master recreates something that Fender has been doing for 50-60 years - with all the resources right at their fingertips? Wow, how impressive. I get why Foderas and Ritters are so expensive, but these CS basses are just Fenders! I have personally played 2 masterbuilt CS basses, and I honestly didn't think either of them were all that great. They weren't bad, but they didn't have anything magical about them, either. They act as if they are cutting the tree down themselves and hand shaping the damn thing over 5 years using a pocketknife or something. So masterbuilt shmasterbuilt I say. These basses and guitars are not complicated. To me, it's like having Chef Ramsay make you a bowl of cereal. They're just wood and screws people, not unicorn blood and hairs from Merlin's beard. There are always people on here saying that they don't get the whole vintage thing. At least vintage basses have historical significance if nothing else. But I just don't get this whole masterbuilt thing. /rant.