My apologies if this has already been covered (and probably more eloquently than I can express) but what is it about the classic guitars that makes them so widely/commonly used? What is it about Teles, Strats, Les Pauls, SGs, 335s, etc. vs. Mustangs, Guilds, Danelectros, etc.? Is it the tone? Versatility? Playability? Looks? Who they're associated with? Marketing? Availability? I bought a Squier CV Mustang late last year and while I acknowledge that it was a student guitar, it gets some pretty funky tones that make me wonder why I don't hear Mustang/Jag/JM tones like that as often as Tele/Strat tones. (Although I suppose it depends on the genre of music...) Similarly, I've tried out a lot of recent Guild reissues (and own a T-Bird reissue myself) and I love the way Guild humbuckers sound, yet they don't seem to see as much use as Gibsons (either currently or historically). Or, again, maybe I'm not looking in the right places?... Your thoughts?