A couple of things I've learned in 6 decades.
If it sounds too good to be true, it is.
If somebody says, "I don't want to criticize, but...", they want to criticize.
If I pick up a guitar off the rack at the music store and I have to grunt to lift it, it's too heavy to have hanging around my neck for a four-hour gig, no matter how good it might sound.
I pretty much sound the same on a cheap guitar as I do on an expensive one.
My lead guitar playing will never be very flashy, but it gets the job done. I like to tell people I only know two licks, but I can play the hell out of them.
What other people think about me is not my business. I stole that one from Michael J. Fox.