So I'm getting back into guitar after a 15-20 year layoff (and being a drummer for 10 of those years). When I started out, you had to play an instrument before you bought it because there was so much variance between them even in the same model line. I'm assuming now all of these are machine cut and computer guided now so that's no longer the case. Are people now more comfortable just buying a guitar without ever playing it? It's kind of hard to wrap my head around, but after playing a bunch of entry level guitars for the last two months, it's insane how much more consistent gear is now. The quality is light years ahead of where it was in the 1990s. It used to be if you wanted a quality guitar in the $200-$300 range you had to play a ton of guitars and find a needle in a haystack. That doesn't seem to be the case anymore.