i know the expensive ones usually look alot nicer but what about tone and playability? i usually pay around $200 for a guitar and then put another $200-$300 into it. so basically my guitars cost me between $400-$500. why pay more? i have a friend who bought a john petrruci music man for $1800, i played it and wanted one. i found a used sterling by music man john petrruci model at a guitar center for $200. all the specs were the same between both guitars with the exception of the pups. i drove 2 hours to the guitar center and tried out the guitar. the frets were ok, it played great and t it sounded good unplugged. i bought the guitar and spent another $150 to upgrade the pups. now when me and my friend compare the 2 guitars they are very very similar in tone and playability. i just just bought a laguna for $160 and it sounds and plays great. i'm going to put in a jb and lil 59 pups and it should be even better. so my question is why does a guitar cost 4 times as much as another when the specs are almost identical? is it a name brand thing or is it because the expensive guitars look nicer?