My 1911 wasn't the prettiest or most expensive when it was built.
But between the gunsmith work and the Wilson combat guide rod, spring, buffers and a few other odds and ends, it is arguably one of the sweetest firing firearms many people have ever shot.
I generally get together with a group of friends on one friends ranch to go shooting. We all get to shoot each others guns.
I'm known for having the nicest to shoot firearms. I don't have the most, the most expensive or coolest.... but what I have functions very very well.
You probably won't notice the difference between a one or two piece rod, but you will notice the difference between an old rod and worn bushing and a quality rod and bushing.