I wanted to get real about something that caught my attention yesterday. As I as paroosing the internet, I came across an Eric Clapton Custom Shop Strat for $4500. Yes, $4500! If you were to dismantle this guitar piece by piece and lay all of the components out individually, there is no way that they add up to $4500. A prewired pickguard with these pickups is $350 (on the high end). The rest of the hardware is standard American Fender stuff, which I value at about another $350-$400 (again, on the high end). It comes with a case so that's $100-200. A strap ($10), and a cable ($30). So am I to understand that the wood quality, neck shape, and finish make up the other $3800? Here are the specs: Body: Select Alder Color: Mercedes Blue Neck: 1-Piece Maple, Soft "V" Shape, (Satin Polyurethane Finish Fingerboard: Maple, 9.5" Radius No. of Frets: 22 Vintage Style Frets Pickups: 3 Vintage Noiseless Pickups (Neck, Middle, Bridge) Master Volume, Master Tone Control, Master Active Mid Boost (0-25dB) Bridge: "Blocked" American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo Machine Heads: Fender/Gotoh Vintage Style Tuning Machines Hardware: Nickel/Chrome Pickguard: 1-Ply White Scale Length: 25.5" Width at Nut: 1.650" Active Mid-Boost Circuit Eric Clapton's Signature on Headstock (Looks like any American Standard headstock) Please, help me understand. You can build a super high quality Partscaster using quality Warmoth bodies and an authentic Fender neck for no more than $1500.