With CAD/CAM I think it is inarguable that good guitars are more affordable than ever. I think that craftsmen in the olden days (pre 2000) made guitars just as good as the best of today, but most of us could never afford them. As far as current prices for old guitars are concerned... it's like anything else. The supply diminishes as the inventory ages and the price therefore goes up because of collectibility. A 1955 Corvette will sell for far more than a brand-new one. Nobody would claim it's a better car.