Guitars are the same to me. I love my American Strat... I bought it for $349 new from MF during a list sale. I paid the same for my Mexican Tele. I love that, too... I'd love to have a $3000 PRS, but I recently bought a PRS SE for $450 (that sold for $800 everywhere else). I'm as much about the bargain as the gear.
I'm never going to be a professional guitarist. I have a couple of friends that are professional artists, and I MAY, at some point, hop onstage and play a song if I can get over my fear of getting on stage. To that end, if I can have a Line 6 modeler or a Crate digital that I can play a bunch of sounds out of, then that's what I want to have. I know other gigging musicians that don't even play through Marshall stacks, so for me to think that I need that in my townhouse is a bit of overkill. To make a tube scream, it has to be loud. If I get that loud I bet the neighbors will be screaming louder than my amp.