Okay, before I get flamed, I do not mean that they do not make some very fine instruments. They do and I have owned one. However, has anyone ever tried to actually order a truly "custom" bass from the Fender "Custom Shop?" It's virtually impossible unless the bass falls within the specs they normally produce. When I asked for a quote on a truly custom bass -- kind of a mix between a Victor Bailey Jazz Bass (the neck and woods)and a 1964 (the body shape and electronics) with some easy custom finishing, they gave me a quote north of $12,000 and a build time of 8+ months. That is absurd and, I can only assume, designed to discourage people from actually ordering custom instruments. Why would anyone EVER buy a custom instrument form Fender rather than one of the boutique builders that make fender style instruments at 1/3 of the price and at least as good quality (if not better)?