i want to add this to my original post that started this thread because i think my post insinuated that any cheap guitar can sound as good as any expensive guitar but in my opinion thats usually not the case. i've had nothing but good experiences with buying cheap guitars because i go out and find the diamonds in the ruff. when i go out looking for a cheap guitar to buy 75%-80% of the time i don't buy anything because the guitars are not very good at all. but i do believe if someone is patient and has the luxury of playing many many guitars they can find a $200 guitar, spend another $200-$400 in upgrades and have a $500-$600 guitar that plays and sounds as good as a $2000 guitar. it's the exception not the rule but it can be done and it's really not that hard to do.