first, i'm no expert, but as a working musician...
bass in a bar band, instructor( mostly beginners ),
and on call drummer for a couple local studios...
i am buying/selling/trading musical gear weekly, sometimes dayly.
when i'm looking to aquire something different, what name is on the instrument is of the least importance.
i'm concerned with.. does it fret true, stay in tune up the neck, have a good low end punch, have a sweet tone in the upper register, the right reach for me ( i have small hands) or my student, and does it fall in the right price range. with acoustics i lean toward the lower end of price ranges, for several reasons:
1) i'm poor
2) if it's for a student, most of them( or their parents) are also poor
3) if it gets stolen, dropped, kicked, abused or busted by my 4 teenagers, i'm not out a ton of money
4) the less i spend on music stuff, the more i have for other important things( schnapps, beer, weed, etc.)
5) the type of songs i write require a flashy, acid country, punk folk, cheap white trash twang
6) i'm poor
the main thing is play everthing you can get your hands on.. the right instrument will pick you.