leafhound wrote:I am a tad scared buying directly from a luthier, would not know if I was being oversold or not
Don't worry on a $2,000 budget a typical luthier in the the US will not be "overselling" you. Actually he will not be selling you anything at all.
More seriously, if you are worrying about this, then it suggests that you do not have enough experience to judge whether a particular guitar will suit you or not. So the typical advice would be to wait until you feel your current guitar is holding you back. Then visit stores, talk to friends and play as many instruments as you can until you develop a feeling for what kind of sound you want. Take your time. The are plenty of good guitar to be had