I never bonded with he Strat I bought in '08, until I joined my current band, a couple of months ago. It just seems to work, in this context.
I have a Takamine acoustic-electric which is a real workhorse but I keep telling my buddies I don't like it. It keeps finding it's way into the car, for jams and gigs, because it is reliable and versatile, yet I have built no emotional attachment to it, in two years of regular use. Of course, if I worried about losing or damaging it, I might keep it at home, rather than using it.......