It's more than just the sound - it's the feel and the sum of the parts. Stuff that maybe you can feel, maybe you can't, and if you can't, then no, it's not worth the difference. But if you can feel/hear the difference, the more expensive guitar might just be a bargain. My PS was worth every penny - to me. To someone else? Maybe, maybe not. But it's about as close to a perfect guitar for me as I've owned. It may not scratch every itch every time, but no guitar ever will.