I'm amazed at how the majority of people will plunk down major bucks for the Fenders, Gibsons, and other "big boys" of guitardom w/o batting an eye. Mention one of the small independent luthiers and the balk. The only argument I see for the big boys is resale value. It's a sad but real truth. Hopefully, much like the Japanese influx of cars shook up Detroit, these independents will remind the big boys that quality is still sought after, by true afficianados. The Fenders and Gibsons being produced today aren't near what was made in the day. When will people wise up?