No doubt. But Tokai's aren't exactly cheap, are they? For the asking prices I have seen for these things I would stick to my previous statement and say I'd rather spend a little more and buy a used Gibson. I also never meant to imply that any of those guitars are "bad" instruments. I was just saying that if I was the OP, and was looking for a guitar to be my co-number 1 for life, I would not consider budget type guitars, but rather something I will be happy with all the way from the finish and the feel to the name on the headstock. Now, I do live in the USA, where the higher end American guitars are relatively abundant and easy to find both new and used. I may take a different approach if I lived somewhere else in the world.