Originally Posted by dada
I've figured out that because I have plenty of high end stuff and could basically buy whatever I want makes me really enjoy the real cheap stuff I have. I think back to when I was a young guy and it had to be Gibson, Fender, Martin, Gretsch. There was no way I could have ever enjoyed anything less no matter how it played or sounded. Now I have the freedom and money to not give a damn about what anyone else thinks and enjoy making a $100 Squier fun to play. Who else thinks that owning high end gear has freed up your mind to enjoy the cheap crap mass produced in Asia? I'm not comparing the inherent qualities of these instruments to each other, but rather the overall satisfaction of proudly sporting a cheap guitar to a local jam and not giving it a second thought. I say this as I have seen my $3k Les Paul's etc. collect dust while I cart out my Affinity or CVC.
Both types of guitars can do the job if you are a good player. While I like fancy guitars like the Gibson Citation, L-5, PRS Dragon, D'Angelicos, and a D-45, the best recorded music I enjoy is done with regular, easy to afford instruments.
I am sure Keef would have sounded the same had he been able to get a one of a kind, gold plated Fender Custom Shop Telecaster with inlaid precious stones and used that every time he recorded with a tele, but I like his rather ordinary and fugly black '70s tele.