Right. I'm just saying I've learned to lower both my expectations and my cost threshold. Less stress in the end. Flaws on a $1500 guitar are far more concerning than on a $400 guitar. That's pretty much the consensus in this thread. I'm pointing out that no matter how nice and new something is, it will eventually get scratched and puked on if its used regularly. Sometimes sooner than later. If a new epiphone is "flawless enough" as a $400 guitar can be, then all the better. Cuz it's gonna get played. Any flaw on a $1500 guitar is going to be harder to ignore. The more you play it, the more yer gonna think about it, and/or worry about future dings and scratches. Not just that, but concerns of value and resale are more pronounced on expensive gear. A depreciated $400 Epiphone is far less a concern than a depreciated $1500 Gibson, for all the above reasons. At least it is to me. YMMV. Now, apart from emotional attachment to the Gibson brand (and maybe headstock and nitrocellulose), which I get, the only other argument I see purchasing the more expensive brand is that its American and/or (more) hand made. Well, I think there are far more effective ways to improve wages, health care, and working conditions in the US than just choosing to buy American made guitars instead of cheaper imports. I'll leave it at that.