Your guitars are built by whom? Their expenses include what?
My custom shop guitars were built by Hamer, Charvel, Jackson, and Gibson, here in the US.
True, I didn't factor the exchange rate between USD & Yen, nor the shipping costs from Japan or Australia ;-)
They must be some amazing axes for folks to drop (by my comparison) 2 K over what they would pay for a comparable US CS.
I have some experience with this as I wanted something between a Roope RS-II and the Anchang Star real bad but the cost of both STD and Artists Series alone were so prohibitive that I ended up ordering a comparable custom version from Jackson with neck thru, my own custom graphics & a sustainer in the neck pos. for under 1 K less than the RS-II and 3 K less than the Anchang.
Please understand I'm NOT slagging ESP or their product. I obviously own a few and like 'em. But I am just nonplussed by the staggering price to get a CS when compared to a similar US build.