The problem ( I believe ) is supply and demand. As the economy is as it is more guitar players are looking for the most bang for their buck and as more people are finding out the spirits come with a thru neck and free floating trem. which is impossible to find in any guitar for $400. Don't feel too bad I to am one of those holding a number to get to the counter. Since this will be my third one I know it is worth the wait. You can buy almost any other model right now and if you are willing to buy a white standard model I found them available as of last week.