Hmmm, thats interesting. I have a CS 64 ltd J-bass that I love. One night at a club I played an all original 57 P-bass that a friend brought in for me to check out, and then I played my bass. All of the musicians agreed my bass sounded better. You can't say Vintage is any better that Custom Shop or that Custom Shop is any better than Vintage. Each bass must be evaluated on its own merits, and every good old instrument started as a good new instrument at one point in time.