All we talk about in the last few years is how the big companies became shadows of their former self. The disaster of what happens to Gibson right now is just a small example for that. However what do you think is working absolutely great in the recent times? Two big examples for me would be PRS and Fishman. Back when I started playing guitar, PRS were basically purely upper class guitars and I was absolutely not able to afford them. Around came the SE-series, which of course needed some time to find it's place. Right now however the quality you can get for a guitar that costs below 1000 bucks from the SE series if phenomenal. In fact all my guitars I play are now PRS-SE's. And then there is Fishman. They were basically non-existent back in the late 90s / early 00s. People used their acoustic line and that's it. Noone would name them in one sentence with the "big" pick-up lines for metal back then. Now they came back from basically nowhere with the Fluence line that is delivering top-notch stuff. And finally a quick shout-out to Framus Guitars. I'm so damn excited what these guys will put out in the next few years. They are definitely on the right track.