As others have commented, we seem to be living in a golden age of amazing, relatively inexpensive guitars. It seems like every time I pop into a new guitar store, I will find at least one axe that will blow me away, and leave me amazed that such quality can be had for under $700....or under $500...or even less. Some of these have followed me home. I have a G&L Tribute series ASAT Bluesboy that I love to play. A PRS Zach Myers that has one of the nicest necks on any guitar I have ever played. Actually, every SE series PRS I have picked up in recent years has knocked me out. PRS now makes (arguably) the best cheap guitars out there. Others are calling to me.... I recently played a Epiphone ES-339 and could not believe how versatile and fun to play it is. Or an Ibanez semi-hollowbody that left me shocked with its quality. And mentioning the quality for dollar of CVS and MIM teles is pretty much preaching to the choir in these parts. But..... There is another kind of guitar out there. They don't correlate perfectly with price, but you know 'em when you play 'em. They make you a better player. They ask for more, and they let you do more. The pickups dont just pickup...they sing. They breath. It is a tool for a real musician, not just a reasonable approximation. Where are those guitars? Where do you find them? And, uh, do you know what I am talking about? Or given $2500 (for example) would you buy 5 different flavours at $500 a pop?