Why not neck through?
From what I understand, a neck through is more expensive to produce. *And, here's my experience.
Although a neck through design gives great upper fret access, if you have a neck problem, you're screwed. *I had a Washburn neck through body that I loved. *Problem was, the neck twisted a couple times and like rust in a car, once it starts to twist, it's nearly impossible to stop it. *I had 2 choices. *First was to twist it in the opposite direction, that's what I did, it was the most cost effective and worked ok for a while. *Second is to pull the frets and reshave the fretboard so it's straight again. *
Now if you should break a neck, you can't just replace it.
I love the feel of a neck through, but hate the associated problems. *Plus, I've yet to see a non finished neck on a neck through body guitar that looked any good, and I can't stand a neck with paint on it.
Just my opinion.