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#1
I've noticed in quite a few threads, when buying a guitar a lot of people would not purchase one that they didn't like the look of, despite it being great to play and having the sound they want.

Admittedly, I'm a little that way inclined, when I bought my last guitar one of my priorities was to get something with a AAA-Grade Maple top, because I think they look awesome. Otherwise I was completely open to different body shapes, brands, colours etc. I really wanted a trans bright blue flamed guitar, but none of the ones I tried I particularly liked, and ended up with a Trans Black Flame.

So how much do looks matter to you?
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#2
pretty important, wouldnt wanna play something that looks like crap
sound and playability comes first, but im sure i can find something good that looks nice
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#3
As long as it works and isn't overly-pointy *CoughRazorbackCoughcough* I don't give a damn. Feel first(though as long as it doesn't have a Wizard I neck I'm generally fine with it), tone second, functionality third, looks last.
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#4
I won't lie- looks do matter to me.

However, how a guitar sounds and feels in my hands far outweigh appearance...except for pointy guitars.

I like the way they look in general, but I have never found one that feels comfortable. So while I may appreciate their aggressive "futureistic" aesthetics, I'll never own one except possibly as an investment. I won't buy one to play.
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#5
Quote by Tyranus-3121
pretty important, wouldnt wanna play something that looks like crap
sound and playability comes first, but im sure i can find something good that looks nice


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#6
Having a great looking guitar and a kick butt amp is half the fun with the guitar hobby. If it wasn't, there wouldn't be so many crazy paint jobs and beautifull woods with guitars, and cool looking diamond plate, croc skin, etc.. on amps.

As far as how a guitar plays and sounds, of course it's important. With so many brands, models, and finishes, it's pretty easy to find something that looks, sounds, and plays good.
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#7
Not very, I do care what a guitar looks like but if it plays nice and sounds nice then it really doesn't matter what it looks like. As far as looks go I just can't stand guitars that are all pointy and crappy, I'm just not a big fan of the whole "EVERYBODY LOOK AT ME!!!! I'M SO ****ING EXTREEEEEEEEEME!!!!!! " look, but I could look past a guitars pointyness if it sounded nice and was comfortable and the same is true of any guitar, for me a guitars esthetics are practically a non-issue.
#8
Quite frankly, they come quite close to being very important.


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30% is for pickup quality, seeing as I could take those out.
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#9
Looks kinda do matter, as in I'm not going to get a guitar based on looks alone. (Overly "metal" guitars are obnoxious IMO). My 20 year old Fender I picked up this weekend has quite a few nicks and dings and scratches on the body and neck, but I bought it because it plays and sounds better than a 2009 MIA strat
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#10
It goes like this for me:

1.Feel/playability and the connection I feel with the guitar
2.Tone and features
3.Looks


It may be beautiful,but if it doesn't feel right or have want I need on it then it might as well be a strat copy as far as I'm concerned.I'd take an ugly duckling that plays and sounds nice over some glossed up guitar that doesn't feel right any day.

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#11
Quote by Pr0gNut
It goes like this for me:

1.Feel/playability and the connection I feel with the guitar
2.Tone and features
3.Looks


It may be beautiful,but if it doesn't feel right or have want I need on it then it might as well be a strat copy as far as I'm concerned.I'd take an ugly duckling that plays and sounds nice over some glossed up guitar that doesn't feel right any day.

You say "copy" like a copy guitar can't be great, my Telecaster copy is one of my favorite guitars, I'd choose it over just about any Fender Tele any day.
#12
Quote by david_highland
You say "copy" like a copy guitar can't be great, my Telecaster copy is one of my favorite guitars, I'd choose it over just about any Fender Tele any day.


I believe he's referring to the $100 strat copies we almost all start on that we either end up throwing in the closet or smashing.
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Quote by necrosis1193
I believe he's referring to the $100 strat copies we almost all start on that we either end up throwing in the closet or smashing.

Yeah, I love that one too actualy, the fretwork leaves something to be desired but other than a few buzzy spots it does play and sound nice I'm mulling over whether or not to set it up to be a slide guitar. the price tag is also something I don't take into concideration when looking at a guitar (so long as it isn't out of my price range)
#16
Quote by necrosis1193
I believe he's referring to the $100 strat copies we almost all start on that we either end up throwing in the closet or smashing.



Thanks for understanding my post and not trying to interpret it as some kind of attack on copy brands.You are correct,when I said copy I meant the 100 dollar starter guitars that they sell in department stores.

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#17
Looks dont really matter to me unless its supremely ugly imo. My list usually goes like this.

1. Playability
2. Sound
3. Looks
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#18
The looks of a guitar are the same with girls. Your not gonna wanna play a guitar that looks like junk and you wouldnt want to date a chick that looks like junk
#19
I don't understand why people say that so many guitars, such as B.C. Riches and Deans, are ugly. I think they're nice looking. Ugly guitars should make you cringe, not say, "That's different."
#20
Well, I probably wouldn't buy an ugly guitar unless it had everything I ever dreamed of.
#21
its just personal preference, some people like ugly guitars and some like very viberant guitars, some like the bland ones... but honestly first should come first....take into consideration of what sound your looking for, what wood type or combination makes the tone you want, what kind of attack, once you know that and you want a guitar that looks really flashy then go get a guitar that has those aspecs, tonality wise and visual wise...
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#22
I am a looks guy. When I buy a guitar I will spend hours over the span of a few weeks, as well as a few hours the day of, testing and playing guitars to try and find that perfect balance between feel, sound and looks. I just bought a new acoustic guitar. I spent about 4 hours in the acoustic room at my local GC playing each and every guitar in my price range. I settled on an Ibanez Exotic wood Figured Ash because it was in my opinion, not only the best sounding in the $300-500 range, but it is absolutely beautiful.
#23
i got 50/50, if a guitar plays awesome but looks like a parker, i won't buy it.
if a guitar looks like jessica alba as the centerfold for playboy but plays like a dead squirrel with a pole in it's butt, ... i'll buy a picture of it.
#24
when I look at a guitar I should wanna play it, so it helps if it looks the part
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#25
For me, they're fairly important. Everything sounds like **** through my rig at the moment though, so when I chose the RR3, it was mainly because of its kickass looks.
#26
Not really BUT if I was ever to buy a super strat i would never buy it in Suburst colour.
#27
They are sorta important to me, but I try to make that the least of my worries when purchasing a new guitar. I'm really picky when it comes to looks, so I can't base a purchase on that.
#28
yeah I'm a looks obsessed guy (comes from my lack of experiance)

but now that I've owned a NJ warlock. TOO much looks makes me think "compensating?"

but i still wish that schecter made nicer 006's, because even though I'm nearly settled on a lefty hellraiser C-1... or some kinda lefty C-1...

the 006 is so much prettier!
#29
sound
good hardware
playability
looks
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#30
A guitar being good looking is equally important to me as playability, versatility and sound.
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#31
Both really for me to buy it I have to like the look of it and the way it plays / sounds.
#32
looks are quite important to me, i could have a guitar that i hated the look of. i could only substitute a portion of the looks for the sound. if it sounded great but looked absolutely rank then it would be getting put back on the hanger and walked away from.

although saying that i wouldn't buy a guitar that i knew sounded bad if it looked good, has to have a good balance
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#33
Only guitars with

1) weird curvy shapes that aren't symmetric. Ex: Prince guitars and most stuff in that Ugly Guitar Thread
2)****ty paint jobs (but cant be fixed) Ex: Epiphone SG special that's like 200 bucks that red looks atrocious
3)OVERLY pointy (lookin at you dean and bc.rich)

Other than that, most guitars look good 2 me and really looks arent too big of a deal
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#34
Alot of people are saying looks is probaly the last thing they go for but to be honest i doubt thats true for most of you. When you walk into a gitar store to try a few guitars then buy one your not gonna walk in and go striaght for the bland looking guitar. Your going to go for the shape and color you like then go through features. What catches your eye is what your gonna play and in the end probaly buy.
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#35
Pretty up there, you've got to like the look of it imo.
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#36
Seeing as roughly 80% of information processed by our brains are input via sight and eyes, look are quit important.

If you think it looks like a pig, you might think it will play like a pig. For me to enjoy an instrument fully, it has to look beautiful as well as playing well.
#37
For me comfort and sound are most important . you can change the cosmetics of the guitar if i dont like the color boom a new paint job . i have purchased some fairly ugly guitars in my life, but they felt and sounded good and the price was cheap enough for me to be able to experiement with them .
#38
Playability and sound come first, then comes looks. But I'd never buy a guitar if it had the first two points, but I didn't like how it looks. So yeah, looks are important to me.
#39
^ +1. playability and tone are more important, but there are some cosmetics, shapes and colours which i just don't like at all, and they'd be a deal-breaker even if i otherwise really liked the guitar. if it were the nicest playing and sounding guitar i'd ever played, then i might make an exception, of course...
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#40
I just want to be clear to everyone here though.

Buy a guitar on looks alone and the neo-hippie is hunting you down and smashing it over your head.
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