I almost always buy used unless a guitar is US-made, ESPECIALLY if it's a small business. I'm in no position to buy high-end guitars, and have almost never been, but I'd love to find a builder who could do a set-neck "ham-and-egger" solidbody, either singlecut or SG-inspired. Not interested in a clone of anything; I'd like it to have a personality all its own. Can anyone recommend a builder who's willing/able to make a bare-bones, no-frills, blue-collar, hyphenated-adjective guitar for $500 or less? I know it's a long shot and I have no idea if I could even get up the scratch any time soon; I'd just love to know if there's an alternative to the Asian mass-market guitars being built one at a time by an independent luthier somewhere.