This is really aimed at players who gig. I was on another site where someone asked if you'd ever been looked down upon for playing the import/bargain brand of a US maker. I have taken my 2005 Epi SG Deluxe to countless bar gigs and don't think anyone, even the other band members gave it much thought. same with my 2000 Les Paul standard. How about you? Ever been shamed for the gear you play?