I don’t care about artist models, I just buy what fits me. I do like that some folks like Troy Van Leeuwen deliberately made their models affordable, but then again it’s not like TVL has the footprint to command silly prices. Same with the O’Brien Stratocaster. The neck is awesome on that Strat, and I’m considering one just for the sustaining feature. Anywho, TVL, an awesome MIM guitar, worth the 1300+ price. My entry: Neil’s Old Black.