Like, I just don't know how to compartmentalize and value some of the things I've read. I get that they are good guitars. I get that some may even clarify them as being great. I get that they aren't going to be built with as much attention to detail as some higher end Custom Shop Gibson Les Pauls, and also won't have the hardwired components to boots (and will be chambered or holed). I just can't and don't know where to draw the line in the sand though. I like to make wise decisions with my money. The guitar industry does a great job at leaving people with notions of doubt, considering the different levels of guitars they offer. Should I or should I not spend my money on a USA Les Paul Traditional? Or would that money be better served at something in a similar Custom Shop price range, like the ES-335 Satin or ES-339? I gig out and love playing. I also don't like throwing money at things that aren't great. There are so many levels of guitars out there, that it can honestly be a bit confusing. So many little things that plant seeds of doubt as to where to put my money. I actually can't believe more people aren't admitting that they are just as baffled as I am -- Custom v USA made. Where do I go? I have a Gibson SG Standard. I like the guitar a lot. It took a lot of tweaking by my tech to get it to sound great and keep tune, but now it plays so fricken nice. I want to move up in the world to a LP or a ES guitar. What do you all think?