Re: Guitar prices<what you're willing to pay
I find that there is a "sweet spot" in the ranges of many guitar companies where the ratio of price to quality is really good.
For example, here in the US:
Fender's American Special Teles and Strats. $800. Very nicely finished, made in USA. Sound good.
Charvel San Dimas, three models, USA, about $1000.
Gibson Les Paul Studio. USA made, the same pickups and electronics as higher-end models. Fewer frills, all the thrills. $1300 (but can often be found on sale around $1000).
Ibanez Prestige models like the RG1451, RG1550, RG1570. Fujigen-made, quality, nice fit and finish, $800-1000.
With my budget and taste, this is where I usually shop. With regard to most guitar companies, I would rather have one guitar of a thousand dollars than two different ones of five hundred dollars each. But given two thousand to spend, I think I'd rather have two thousand-dollar guitars than one two-thousand-dollar axe. Does that make sense?