Hopefully this thread will not spin out of control and get me booted. I'm asking mostly out of curiosity, and the thought that someday getting one of these and upgrading a bit for use in questionable dives where my nicer guitars shouldn't go. Aside from the clearly questionable nature of some of these products, especially those labeled "Gibson" and "Made in USA", who has firsthand experience and can tell me which ones are near Epiphone quality and which ones are crap with no truss rod and made of poor materials? I'm looking for the best cost to quality ratio, skewed toward quality. I'm averse to importing a clear fake, but for informational purposes I'd like a heads up if some of those are of good quality. If you have extensive experience with numerous examples, a small table of brands/companies with notes would be wonderful. If you are associated with one of these companies, please refrain from cluttering up this thread with poorly composed claims of greatness for your product. Thanks!