Consider this a hypothetical question. You walk into your local shop and they have a beater. Missing pickguard, stripped out screw holes, surface rust on the hardware, knicks, dents and scratches. The works. But it plays well. It's not "the one", but it plays damn well. Well enough that you have trouble putting it down. The instrument is marked well above market value, but within your financial reach. They will not budge. It has no vintage value and you don't care about "mojo". Maybe it's a beat 198? MIJ Fender for $900. Maybe it's a Rickenbacker copy for $1500. Maybe it's a late model Mexican Fender for $500. Do you buy it or wait until a better example comes along that is priced according to the sum of it's parts?