Re: Tree of life neck.
Yeah, they won't spend the money to make anything like that anymore is my guess. Plus people nowadays (MOST PEOPLE) don't care or just don't know what real craftsmanship even is...That beautiful scrolled and inlayed headstock is what I like to see. It's not the typical "rock guitar thing", but it's gorgeous. And this is not to imply those things don't scream with the best of 'em because they most certainly do.
Most don't care or even know about quality anymore and just buy what is offered and don't question which frustrates me. I grew up surrounded by oldschool so I'm stuck in the old school of thought where I look at most things made today and can't give them any credit. I'm simply not impressed.
Thankfully though, there are a few like-minded people here who like to not only play, but build things. And some do some really impressive work.