well, my current #1 is a MIM thinline -- but it got to be #1 by beating out a '66 strat and a '69 tele for playing time, so . . . maybe $$$ is not the best measure of a guitar's worth? anyway I play that MIM through a Bad Cat so I guess I'm pretty much in the good amp / cheap guitar camp, but if that guitar was getting in my way, I'd find a better one.