Maybe the correct measure for comparison, which seems to be what some are asking for, is "attention to detail" where factors include, but are not limited to, sourcing the parts and wood, assembly, finishing, set up, and a number of other things that many of you could add. What a person will pay for this and what various luthiers will charge seem to be the individual variables that seem to go all over the place. I have a Ruokangas Unicorn that cost a fraction of what the new D'Pergos sell for and I can't imagine where more attention could have been given to any aspect of the build. That said, past a certain point, there are diminishing returns. Some may proceed onward, others might not. I didn't get the sense from reading any of the posts that people were offended by questions. I also don't read any arrogance or snobbery here. It certainly wasn't the intention of my posts. Jad57, if you could quote a post where you thought that was happening, it might allow for the author to clarify themselves. Throwing down the proverbial gauntlet challenging people to get their guitars reviewed doesn't seem productive. The last MIM Fender I owned I sold last year, I got a great deal of joy out of that guitar. I don't think D'Pergos are magical, but they are certainly really nice guitars. I'm also not wed to the idea that higher cost = better on a guitar. There are certainly builders who can build incredible and comparable guitars for a far smaller sum.