BB I’m guessing you are looking for a response from SCGC, but I’ll give you my opinion. I own guitars made by Bourgeois, Collings and H&D and I’ve tried the “lower” models these brands offer – & gave my Waterloo to my grandson. I felt they were all lacking something the “better” models had and I wasn’t interested in having them in my collection. I’m reminded of the often stated saying, that there are 3 things that seem to be in balance: quality, price and service. It seems that lowering price might affect quality or service. I do understand and appreciate your question. It’s a good one. But I guess it depends on whether SCGC wants to serve that market segment.
– Paul –