And yet a good used PRS costs less than a New automobile. Its relative isn't it and comparing a 'used' automobile - in a market flooded with vehicles - to the price of a new crafted musical instrument isn't exactly 'fair' or relevant. If you 'must' compare vehicles to PRS Guitars, then why not compare 'new' to 'new'. You maybe able to buy a 'cheap' import car brand new for somewhere around the price of a 'made in the US' Private Stock PRS but if you are comparing 'new to new' here, then maybe you should compare import to import so that then means the SE line. From what I have seen of PRS guitars and the way they are made, it takes months from the time raw materials coming into the factories to leaving. Whilst 'machinery' like CNC are being used - mostly to ensure more uniformity and decreasing the production time, their is still a LOT of hands on to the production. CNC's may cut the basic shape, including the top carve and routing of the cavities too, they still need to be finished by hand, sanded down to remove any machinery marks. The woods all need to be 'cured' too so its not like these are machine built by robots in a assembly line type of way. You do not 'have' to pay $4k for a guitar, you can buy a Guitar for under $200 if that's what you 'want' - doesn't mean it will be as good as a $4k even if it has six strings and a 'wooden' body. Its like buying a Daewoo, SsangYong or whatever Korean built car you get in the US and saying that RollsRoyce, Ferrari etc are too expensive because Korean cars are so cheap relatively. You can buy a house for the price of some handbuilt, luxury or sports cars - another ridiculous 'comparison' like comparing a $4k PRS to a used Vehicle.