As do I. You two gentlemen have illustrated the quandary, and the reasoning I've employed to justify buying, or not buying a Chinese knockoff. I never have bought one. First of all, my primary goal would be removing Fender or Gibson from the headstock. My second concern is gigging it. It goes without saying I wouldn't gig one of these with Fender or Gibson on the headstock, but quite frankly even with the branding removed I can't see myself being seen in public with one, and yet Nick and Bones (I'm generalizing their positions) aptly point out how much we admire a Luthier or a skilled woodworker such as some TDPRI members that make a Les Paul style guitar, and yet we thumb our noses at the Chinese workers. What difference does it make if I gig a Chinese LP with blacked out headstock vs. a LP copy made by a Luthier? It really is a good question.