I've always chased the bargain instruments... when you could get a Fender or Gibson for a week's pay, I played Fenders and Gibsons. Now that times are hard, I play Squiers and other asian imports. And honestly, I've never once thought, 'wow, what a POS I'm playing'. CNC machines make cheaper guitars eminently playable and I like the fact I can mod them to my preference without feeling like the Gruhn Police will be knocking on my door. They're just tools. Really fun tools.