Amos ... ABSOLUTELY!
I contend ... it's one's personal preference and ear that draws them to a certain instrument. It's fine if there's investment value to an instrument, and some are only interested in that aspect. Then there are those of us who develop a personal relationship with our guitar(s) and we "hear" a particular sound that maybe only "we" hear and we make them "sing."
Until recently I had never played anything BUT a Gibson. I just thought every Gibson had the same sound and playability as mine. They don't. And this is with every single make of guitar.
Also, you gotta understand that Rick knows well that I am giving him grief about the Martin thing, because I both adore and respect him. I used four people as "guides" when I was nearing the end of my search for a new guitar ... Rick, catspaw, Big Mick, Jed Marum. But it was ultimately my "ear" that made the decision. And the decision was between a Martin D16GT and a Larrivee D-05. I chose the Larrivee.
I would NEVER put someone's geetar in the hole, I don't care if it was a $25 Harmony. It's attacking a personal relationship, as far as I'm concerned. So, whether it Rick's Martins and Gibson, my Gibson and Larrivee, kendall's Taylor, your Martin ... it's what makes the world go 'round, doesn't it.
Now that I've waxed philosophical ...
Let's talk about Rick's TERMINAL GAS ...