Not really a fair comparison. Schecter isn't exactly knocking it out of the park, as the guy who's on his fourth KM due to quality issues. Not that the non-MIJ Ibanez with stainless frets are any better really. As for Kiesel, they sell direct, so there is no distributor or retailer mark-up. Having worked the wholesale side, you're paying an additional 25% to 40% to support the additional tiers in the supply chain. Remember when Carvin/Kiesel went through dealers internationally? Even with a favorable Euro the guitars were nearly twice the price.