Yeah... I make an effort(but it still has to be made) not to be a jerk and an effort to practice to levels above "novice". An acquaintance of mine could play most any Dream Theater stuff he cared to play(i.e he'd done his guitar homework). His weapon of choice? A Squier Strat(cream-white-ish with rw fret board(no, I don't have pictures)). I remember thinking "Squier?! This guy?!" and my inner snob still thinks that, but since; I've recognized where the inner snob sits in his lair and I can usually sneak around him. One thing which has me judging this guy though which has nothing to do with his guitar(probably) is this... I've seen him play live and he... how shall I put this... breaks strings. Yes, a string break can happen to anyone but this guy broke like four or five strings during a single gig. In his defense though, every time it happened he just managed to re-string in a few seconds without stopping the song, which means it's very much his standard M.O. I just think that shouldn't be necessary! I firmly believe you can play a gig with good tone and feel without breaking 4 - 5 strings in the process.