As for Nash guitars and basses: There's more to the concept of a Nash than just the relic job. In addition to what I said in my first post, for me, it's more to do with it being an affordable alternative to dropping $5500+ on a nice well-played, naturally reliced '60 Jazz bass or in my case a real '57 P bass. Those basses are not in my budget. One thing to know is that you can request a super light relic to almost none at all...the one's you've seen may have been a "heavy" relic. So, here's a guy who's building really nice Fender-style basses, using the best (period-correct) hardware and modern electronics available and building them with the utmost attention to detail and made to "feel" and play great. There are no dogs here and no mysteries as to the instrument's history. You know exactly what you're getting because it's brand new and is made to your requested specs, but it just looks old and "feels" well played like your real '74. As for your opinion on players, I sort of agree. But with that logic, you'd have to point fingers at all those who play really nice gear...not just nice basses, but nice amps and nice cabs, etc. Must they have the chops to justify using such expensive gear? That's a rhetorical quesiton...you don't have to answer.