OK, this is a minor thing that bugs me, but it bugs me nonetheless. I don't claim to be an all-knowing encyclopedia about guitar gear, but I do know enough that I can advise people on what to buy when starting out, or simply for their budget, given their tastes, goals, etc... (just as I'm sure many on here could do too). But first, imagine this hypothetical situation. You want to get into competitive kite racing. You don't have the faintest clue about kites, but your friend loves it and it's his main hobby. Instead of buying a new kite blindly (and potentially wasting hundred of dollars), you would ask your friend first right? Anyways, I have a wealthy friend whose sibling is just starting to play. Now keep in mind that the friend obviously knows that I play. Well, the other day, he comes in and explains how he just bought his brother this guitar and that amp, totaling more than $5000. Everything brand new of course. And no, none of it was boutique. I sit there and kind of laugh, because I knew that for that money, he could have gotten an arguably higher quality and rewarding setup. Or he could have simply spent more wisely and saved some money. Of course though, nothing could be done at that point, so I just rolled my eyes (to myself) and moved on. The thing is, is that this has happened more than once with various people I know. I don't know, but I guess I find it somewhat arrogant to ignore the advice of a friend whose life practically revolves around a given hobby.