To put numbers to it for clarification of where I relatively stand. Considering new gear I call gear Expensive in $700 -$1,500 range. Guitars or amps. Potentially reasonable gear is $500-$700 Affordable gear is under $200-$500. Cheap is under $200. there is nothing wrong with cheap as long as it sounds the way you want it to. There is something way wrong with Expensive if it sounds terrible.