This is sure to draw strong opinions. Bring them. After decades as a working guitarist and having played most quality instruments - but normally playing/owning high-end models from the biggies - I've been trying a lot of (too many) guitars during my COVID free-time. My pick for the best all-around - out of the box - value in an electric guitar is the Fender Classic Vibe Telecaster. Whether older Classic Vibe 50's (NOS) or the current model, these are great playing and sounding guitars for under $400 street price. They bridge the gap between lower-end and USA model Fender instruments.