Again, I don't know if it is a cultural thing. I have seen tens of $5000+ instruments, but only in: - Music stores, BEFORE the 2008 crisis - My luthiers' workshops - Classical music concerts / gigs / weddings And if the classical musician is doing a pub gig, a folk gig, a latin gig, or if the wedding feels trashy, they will bring out the expendable instrument they use with their students. I have a $2000 solidbody and it's overkill already. Not to my ears, not to my fingers, but for the rehearsal rooms and the places I get to gig at. Plenty of player-grade strats under $1000. Peace of mind. Also, amps just sit over there during the gig. It's the road that ****hs them up. Depending of where you leave and your means of transportation.