I look at what these guitars are made of and what they look like (Fenders or Music Man Basses), then I see the cost, and I wonder, why pay the premium? Are they that much better? I can see why you might get a different sound from exotic woods and why elaborate laminations would cost more. But a bass is still basically a neck, fretboard, body, pickups, tuners, strings and a bridge. Without a rare hunk of wood, and hours of labor that may not effect the sound, I just don't think that you can reach $3,000 +/- without buying a little perception and prestige.