All depends on who you ask and what they value. To me, Gibsons are not worth it but neither are Fenders. I say this, because you can get Epiphones or Squires that are 95% the quality at 50% the price. I've always been a "best-bang-for-the-buck" shopper vs "best". If someone disagrees because they place a higher value on the name, they aren't wrong either. It is great to have options. That's why guitars at every price point sell.