I'm not talking about a custom shop whatever that costs thousands of dollars... those kinds of guitars are great and cool and worth it to a lot of people, but the world is FULL of nice guitars that are in the reasonable $700 - $1500 range (new AND used).
If you play for even just a couple of hours a week, you deserve a nice pro-quality instrument made of good wood with good hardware and good electronics.
You might think "I'm not a very good player. I'd feel silly using a nice guitar. A little last-page bargain beater is good enough for me."
If you can afford to buy that bargain cheapo right now, you can also afford to hold your money and save a little for a few weeks or months and get something that you won't be embarrassed by or held back by or let down by later.
You will not regret it.
No one has ever regretted it.
You don't have to be Jimmy Page or Brad Paisley or Alex Skolnick to deserve a nice guitar. You don't have to be in a gigging band or write your own songs to deserve a nice guitar. You don't have to be making six figures either.
Young guys own nice guitars.
Guys with families own nice guitars.
Casual players own nice guitars.
You can too, and if you don't - you should!
Owning, holding, playing, heck even LOOKING at a nice guitar is a really fulfilling experience for ANY player. Don't short yourself of that just because you think you're a hack or you have a couple bills burning a hole in your pocket. It doesn't take much more to get a NICE GUITAR.
AND YOU DESERVE IT!