Interesting thread. I love my Gibby Les Pauls; They get upgraded. I also love my Epi Les Pauls, and they also get upgraded the same as my GLPs do.
My MIA Strats are good. My MIM Strat hasn't been touched since I bought it. My Teles are Fender and other brands.
I also have many other guitars made where ever. The latest is an Epi Wildkat. Once it's upgraded I'll play it as often as my Gibson guitars.
None of my guitars are "fakes", and I don't really care who made them. Either they work or they don't. My gigging/traveling guitar is a Gibson LPDC.