The last time I bought a guitar was in 2012 and a lot has happened in the guitar business since then, especially in the budget segment. I've been thinking about replacing my old Schecter Omen-6 with a six string with a bit more modern neck and a regular hardtail bridge instead of the Tune-o-matic, and I'm interested in buying a cheapo guitar just to see how good they actually are, and maybe even use it as a modding platform to install new pickups, locking tuners and things like that. But is this a waste of money? Are cheapo guitars still firewood, even with how much guitar manufacturing has improved in recent years? I've heard good things about the Jackson JS22-7 guitars but how do the low end offerings from brands like Ibby, Schecter and Jackson look like today? Or are there any other brands I should look at?