This could be a bit anti-TGP, but I've found most gear is pretty good. Sure, there are things that are better, absolutely. There is some straight junk. But I just love how guitar sounds and how much fun it is to play. Even a mediocre guitar through a little micro amp, it's fun! Mass produced vs boutique. Does a Line 6 Spider rip like a vintage Plexi? No way. But it's still pretty fun. Is a $30 phaser fun? Usually. Unless it's really bad (noisy, poorly made, etc.), it's still pretty good. I just think about it with the Kemper vs Helix vs Axe FX, or is Boss good enough threads. It all rules. When I was getting started in the 90s there wasn't nearly the amount of gear choices we have now. Go back to my dad's days and it was like..a wah and a Big Muff. The options are myriad and most of it really is pretty decent.