No offense but your statement clearly shows your lack of knowledge of these guitars. Anderson, Suhr, Pensa are basically hand made. Sure there are machines involved, but the attention to detail is ridiculous. A Jem that cost $3000, can not touch the quality of ANY of these guitars. The fit and finish is world class. Anderson also include the feiten system which some feel is very important. Vai's Jems are feitened, but the production models aren't. That alone is a $300-$500 feature, should you want it done. When I purchased my first anderson, it was missing the neck. The guitar is from November '86 which is when Anderson started production. Tom agreed to build me a neck to my spec and then reassembled the entire guitar and feitened it. He did this only because he remembered building my guitar back then and because it is a special model. That in itself is amazing, but this is better. The original neck eventually showed up. The neck was in awesome shape, but the original owner ruined the fretboard by scalloping it. He then brought it to a luthier to have it fixed. A new fretboard was glued on, and that was it. That is how I got it. I called Tom and asked if he would fix this one instead of building me a new one for the same price. He would not. The reason was that even though the rest of the neck was near mint, he will not put out a product that he and his team haven't worked on from start to finish. He has this policy because he can't ensure proper quality control otherwise. These small, boutique builders provide excellent value for their products. You can buy a new Anderson Drop Top for not a whole lot more than some new Jems. How can you say that the ANDERSON is overpriced?