I think it's a fair question. You're playing to a big crowd, many people in the crowd are looking at the guitarist. Your moves are good, but what the hell, you're playing a Squier. Suddenly you don't look so cool. Is that a problem? Brand snobbery is mentioned elsewhere, and many put a Fender decal on a Squier. I see a lot of gigs, big and small, all ages, but never seen a squier. I've seen cool looking ironic guitars, that are probably some random import from Kazakhstan in 1960, and of course all the main brands, but not the lowly squier. Here's the thing, I've got a Squier VM 72 thinline. I like it a lot, sounds good, great guitar for song writing, far better for that than my Les paul traditional. Everyone who sees it says what a great guitar it is, some prefer it to their own fender vm 72, but all admit to the guitar snobbery associated with it. Would I play it live? I would prefer the paying public to see my fender telecaster. My US one is just a better sounding and much cooler guitar. But would there be a circumstance I got the VM out and showed what it can do? Don't know, maybe, but it would be more to make a statement, sticking my fingers up at convention, than because it's a great guitar. Who here does gig with their Squiers, and do you ever have remorse at playing it live, or even not playing it live?