I think I know what you are saying there, but one I never understood was Danelectro. As a little kid, I wanted a guitar like the one Jimmy Page used for alternate tuning, and when I first tried an old Danelectro, I was shocked at how horrible it was- clunky tone, rattly body, nothing seemed to fit flush with anything else, action a mile high and still fret buzz... Years later, working as a tech, sometimes people would bring in their old Silvertone or Stella or KMart special guitars for a set up. Of course, everything back then on cheap guitars was glued into place without adjustment, so, what can you do? Steam off the neck, and glue it back on straight?! Ugh. Another one that I sometimes struggled with was Rickenbacker. Obviously way better than the Sears or KMart special, but unbelievably unadjustable for how much monetary value those things held. Old acoustics almost never seemed to have anything adjustable on them. I spent a lot of time working on old Martins with no adjustments on the truss rod. Surprising how such a prized and iconic and nearly priceless guitar would have an unadjustable truss rod and still have a lot of issues with backbow. Funny how all of your time around old instruments made you cherish them and all of my time around old instruments made me shy away from them. If it's worth the trouble, though, I certainly can't fault anyone for their preference. Different strokes for sure.