Serious question. It seems like the whole mystique of finding (not ordering with your own specs) a guitar that connects with you and hanging on to it for a lifetime is dead. I see this on a lot of fronts. There is obviously the whole, "I'm just buying this southeast asian import to tide me over until I can get something better" (Where "better" is usually "my own custom".) On the pro front it seems like most touring/recording bands just use whatever production models their endorsers send them in studio/live.
For the non pros, it seems like the $1.5-3k price range that used to be inhabited by "Played this in a shop and it really clicked with me, will be holding on to it for a good long time." section of the market is losing ground in favor of the "I will maintain a revolving door of sub $1.2k east asian imports until I have enough money for my own custom" mentality.
Thoughts? Is anybody here really interested in spending above $1.5k on a production model anymore?
I've done it for basses. The guitars that I've really "clicked" with have all been purchased at the sub-$600 price point, though, and mostly used.
Really, though, guitars are tools for a job. I love playing them and finding them, but if one doesn't do what I want it to do, I sell it.
(At least that's the way it's supposed to work. My music room is kind of absurdly full of gear that "does what I want it to do" )