Yeah, but you know what? a couple summers ago i picked up a chinese lp jr for $70 and it's a great guitar. the plywood/particle board inside it must be some sort of magical, b/c this thing resonates like nobody's business. i was floored. i don't get it. but i'll sure take it.The biggest price disparity between Korean and Chinese, though, is the Les Paul Junior. You can pick up a Chinese one for pocket change
Quite a price difference between the Japanese and MIK though, huge difference.
I do enjoy customizing, and I did this. I converted one to all nickel hardware with a black pickguard, an Acme 335 electronics kit, and Fralin P-92s. Still love it! But, I might move it soon.If you enjoy customizing a guitar with your choice of pickups, electronics and hardware, the Korean guitars have great necks and bodies. you can come out with a great instrument for a lot less money than a similar quality Gibson.