No assumptions here - there is no basis to claim that Gibson USA are 'hand made' - they come off a production line, just like other mass produced guitars. Of course, some guitars are entirely hand made - which is why you need to be careful how you use the term. To suggest there's something special about 'American hand made guitars' whilst talking about Gibson USA models is just way off the mark. From the CNC machine to the PLEK machine, there's an awful lot of machinery, and it's an assembly line mass produced guitar in the end. No need to assume anything about that. So, how does 'supporting local economies here in the US' translate into some kind of 'magical' quality? These seem to be two very different things; the claim that there's some thing 'magical' about an instrument because it's American, is as false as the claim that Gibson USA guitars are hand made. And remember, on this international forum, many of us are NOT supporting a local economy by buying USA made guitars, so it's kind of irrelevant to me. Whoever led you to believe that has made far too many generalisations - which Gibson? Compared to which non-Gibson? There's a lot of guitars in the world... A Custom Shop SG might be made of one piece - but few (if any) current Gibson USA SGs are made of one piece - most are multiple pieces glued together. Well, don't worry, most Gibson USA SGs are made of two, three, or more pieces, and, as a bonus, the SG has a thin body, so a smaller piece of wood :) Assume all you want... but what 'circumstances'? Those 'expensive ass' Gibson guitars are expensive (in large part) because you're paying for American labour - even with the level of mechanisation there's still a lot of people employed on the line - and like-for-like you're paying for that. Plus, you're paying for the brand. Of course, you'd hope that a Squier might have inferior parts to a Gibson (it's not like-for-like), but it also has a much cheaper construction (in labour terms), Leo Fender made sure of that. The actual difference in wood cost/quality is probably one of the smallest distinctions. Please, forget the pop-neuroscience! The sex-drive is testosterone driven, not Dopamine, which gets triggered by all sorts of things, including buying guitars - if you're into guitars. And yes, brand is (largely) irrelevant - so why bring it up here, in the context of Gibsons? Finally, I'll chill when I want, not when you tell me to. And this is a public forum, I'll respond as I chose to do. You want to have a private conversation with someone else, don't post in a public forum!