Absolutely nothing wrong. I like the flame tops and gold hardware on guitars but when i've owned them i hit the roof if i get the slightest mark on em... any scratched seem to scream at me... courese thats my opinion.. See i like relics it just a personal preference...
True if you buy off-the-shelf, however, the one i got (Pro S2) turned out to be pretty much my perfect strat specs and it isnt difficult to place a custom order for one and get it for the same money as in the ebay link
My view is no guitar should be worth that much,in fairness the amout of playing you will have to do to break even on it. Also i think most people wouldn't be able to appreciate you guitarnad give it the dredit it maybe deserves. These factors contribute to a silly price for a guitar
Nah, play good cheap guitars next to a good expensive and the difference is light years, yes the cheaper one is still a good guitar but the minor things in construction, material quality and choice/matching can make a good guitar into an absolutely stellar one. Unfortunately, such high quality control is definately a skill and therefore commands a high price.
Also the level of customisation available at the higher price point is more than enough to make it worth the money, especially if you have very particular tastes. Luckily for me, the "off-the-shelf" pro series is amazingly close to what i like in a strat so i dont need to pay the full premium for the extra differences that id prefer, im still going to though next time around.
Yup. Most people are lucky in the sense that there are a lot of very good guitars around nowadays for not a lot of money. In a way i've been spoiled by getting lucky at 18 and being able to go through a custom order process and then a lot of high-end gear to see what the best possible build, feel and sound quality really is. Unfortunately it means that i feel somewhat let down now on cheaper models/brands usually unless (usually by chance dare i say?) its a special one.