Take the most famous example, Macca's Hofners. I am under the impression, and maybe I'm mistaken, that he bought his Hofners in the early 60s because they were affordable. Also, being left handed he wanted (needed) a symmetric body style. I know they carry a very high value now, assuming they are in good shape. But were early 60s model Hofners just cheap-o gear or were they considered high quality even for the time?