No...No it's not.
Maybe YOU don't want to pay that much for a guitar, but some people will. If there weren't, they wouldn't produce them. If there weren't people who buy $9,000 PRS's, PRS wouldn't have the Private Stock, same with the Jackson Custom Shop, Fender Custom Shop, Gibson Custom Shop, plus all the small builders out there that charge +$4000 for a guitar. It is wood, you're right about that, but the rarity and differences in grain, age, sound, stability make some woods more precious than gold to some builders/players.
Bottom line, you don't like the price, don't buy the guitar.
But I am not talking about custom shop/custom ordered guitars. I am talking about production guitars that are listed on the Jackson 2011 Price list. Guitars that are mass-produced
. USA SL1 Soloist Ebony fretboard, Blue Ghost Flames....MSRP $3,666.65. No wood grain there showing, new guitar right off the wall. It's at least twice as expensive as it should be.http://support.jacksonguitars.com/price ... p_list.pdf
When you talk about "the rarity and differences in grain, age, sound, stability make some woods more precious than gold to some builders/players" you must be referring to collectibles, i.e. 1959 Les Paul Standard, or 1950s Teles & Strats. Those guitars are in demand by collecors, not necessarily players. Many of those guitars end up in display cases, too precious to be risked playing for fear of checking the finish and adversely affecting the value of the guitar. I just know you can't be talking about new guitars...you can go to warmoth.com and order custom bodies with your choice of flame/quilt top and your choice finish all day long for much, much less than what any big manufacturer's special order dept. would charge. You pay a lot for the NAME, you know.
Do you think that, once a tree is harvested and cut into body blanks, it knows what guitar brand it will be made into? Wood is wood is wood.