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#1
For me, as far as the finish goes, it's very important.

Now before you spit fire on me, hear me out.

The sound is above all most important, I won't argue with anybody there. However, guitars are pretty expensive, especially high end ones. For me, if I'm paying hundreds, maybe even thousands of dollars for anything, it better be nice looking.

Not that I would ever refuse an "ugly" guitar if it was given to me and sounds good, but when people say "who cares what it looks like," when somebody's picking a guitar, I never really understand how someone can feel that way.

All I'm sayin' is that if I'm spending some cash, the thing better be a beauty
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#2
If a guitar looks bad to me then I'm not touching it. I don't know why anyone would willingly buy a guitar that they don't like the look of or that has a shoddy finish. Tone is so easy to modify, looks aren't.
#3
Finish is equally important and useless. If I'm not attracted to an instrument because of a review, advertisement, or specifications, chances are I'm picking it up because it's sexy. But ultimately, I don't care. If something works, it works. Tone isn't easy to modify, and it's not simply a matter of changing up the pups all the time. Think about how silly denying yourself of a great sounding instrument because of how it looks sounds.
#4
A good part of the reason I like my semi-hollows is the looks. If they don't sound good I don't want them, but if they don't look good I don't want them either.
#5
Looks are like 40% of my decision to buy an instrument. If I think a guitar look stupid but sounds great, that's a dealbreaker. If a guitar looks amazing, but sounds like crap, well, I wouldn't buy it either. Now that I think about it, there's a great deal of guitars that I won't buy. They've gotta sound good and look good for me to think about buying them, though preferably, they should sound amazing, look beautiful and play like butter.
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#6
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Finish is equally important and useless. If I'm not attracted to an instrument because of a review, advertisement, or specifications, chances are I'm picking it up because it's sexy. But ultimately, I don't care. If something works, it works. Tone isn't easy to modify, and it's not simply a matter of changing up the pups all the time. Think about how silly denying yourself of a great sounding instrument because of how it looks sounds.


Same time, I refused to buy the Blacktop Tele with a rosewood fretboard and had to go to 4 different shops before I found a black one with a maple fretboard. I do agree with you though for the most part.
#7
Looks are 20% of what I look for in my instruments since I prefer black w/ gold hardware on all my instruments.
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#9
The two most important factors in a guitar, to me, are the comfort and features. Looks are still fairly important though. If I think it looks cool, I'm going to feel cool playing it.
#10
its kind of a situational thing with me.

i don't care what condition it is in cosmetically as long as full functioning and isn't fretting out from use.

but if i am playing back round music at a a more classy bar or restaurant, i will bring "prettier" gear in respect of the facility.

if i am at an open mic, i always bring my LP, which is beat to hell considering i have only had it for three years, but it gets used and hopefully not too abused, but it definitely does suffer some abuse.
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#11
Well I would never buy a guitar that is simply ugly - what's the point of buying a guitar if you hate the look of it? I mean the reason companies have models in different finishes is because people have their own colour preference. Having said that, I also have to like the feel of a guitar. My favourite strat finish is white, but I hate the feel of maple fretboards and I'm not too big on their tone either. Despite the maple fretboard looking much better with the white body (to me atleast), I would definitely take the rosewood over it.
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#12
I care a lot but on guitars sub $1500 I'm willing to live with a few things, IE stupid McDonald's fretboard and inlays on my Loomis.

However, spending anymore then that I have this weird thing where I feel I might as well go custom, which is why instead of buying something like a Jp7 I've jumped straight into custom territory with the Vik.
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I care a lot but on guitars sub $1500 I'm willing to live with a few things, IE stupid McDonald's fretboard and inlays on my Loomis.

However, spending anymore then that I have this weird thing where I feel I might as well go custom, which is why instead of buying something like a Jp7 I've jumped straight into custom territory with the Vik.

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#14
Look at the colour of the aged maple they use on the fretboard on the Loomis, looks EXACTLY like some shittier darker McDonald's maple.
#17
Overall looks are like 80% to me. Tone doesn't bother me, because there are a million ways to alter tone, and the guitars natural wood has probably the least amount of impact, in comparison to what pickups you're using, your amp and FX, etc. It's easy to change pickups. But it's not that easy to find a guitar that makes you jizz every time you look at it.
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#18
I'm a huge tone guy so, generally, I don't care how a guitar looks. It's all about how it sounds and how it plays.

Plus I like the simple solid color (think strats and telis) look. I think it's pretty classy.
#19
Well, first of all, since we're talking about tools we use to create music, IMO sound >>>> all.
Having said that, if I'm in a guitar store and I see a yellow BC Rich guitar, no matter if it sounds awesome, I probably wouldn't even bother trying it.
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#20
Sorry, a guitar HAS to be sexy looking (for me, anyway). I mean, the sound and the feel of the instrument have to be there too, but the paint and the finish are equally important.
#21
If you want tone wear a blindfold while picking a guitar.
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#22
Quite important. No matter how good it sounds, if it doesn't appeal to me visually, it's not for me.

This has to do with the shape mostly. I hate BC Rich Warlocks (well, almost eveything by BC Rich is painful to look at actually), Dean Razorbacks and that kind of 00ber br00tz stuff. Althoug sometimes a nice finish will make it look better; for example, I usually dislike Les Pauls, but with a Red Wine or Alpine White finish, they're awesome.

And I don't like finishes that are just a layer of paint, except when it's just white. I love the look of a good flamed or curly maple top, like this, or a nice paintjob like this, while this looks kind of boring.
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#23
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Well, first of all, since we're talking about tools we use to create music, IMO sound >>>> all.

so you'd use a barely playable guitar if it sounded nice?

looks don't really mean anything to me in terms of how much i enjoy playing a guitar, how it feels to play and how it responds to the way i play it is the most important thing for me.

however there is a certain extent where if you're playing professionally you have to look the part, be it the clothes you wear or the guitar you play etc.. if the guitar looks "out of place" so to speak, then so will you, and then it's possible that you'll stand out for the wrong reasons. so whether you like it or not (and i don't like it!), looks are important in some situations.
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#24
If a guitar looks good, you're going to play it more often. So it is pretty important.

That is all.
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#26
I have to at least like the look. I spend a lot of time playing, so I like to enjoy the looks as well as sound. Thats not to say I wont take a guitar who plays great and doesnt look too hot, though it probably wouldnt get as much play time as a better looking axe lol.
#27
To me, it's extremely important. I'm not gunna pick up a guitar unless it looks nice and is well finished.
#28
looks are secondary to feel and sound. color isn't a dealbreaker with me and to a lesser extent body shape. it would have to pretty hideous for me to not even try it. the neck on the other hand absolutely must be to my liking. not comfortable then it's a no go not matter how great it looks. sound of course is very important. as long as i feel that the sound is there even if the pickups aren't great then it's ok. as long as the potential for greatness can be heard pickups can be changed.

sure i like a spiffy looking axe as much as the next guy but in the end the sound and feel are more important. rather have a beat up pink guitar that plays great and sounds even better than a great looking guitar that is just average everywhere else.
#29
It's like a woman. Looks are not the only important feature, but I won't stick my willie in her if she's butt ugly, fat and hairy. She doesn't have to be a super model. In fact, if she would be a super model, I'd be scared to break her Just like a $10k gutiar.

I've played some really good Eiphone Les Pauls, and even owned a few, but I just couldn't get past the headstock. Deal breaker for me.

So I guess that looks are very important for me, but not the only factor. She has to have the sound, features and feel great in my hands. And if she swallows, bonus. Edit: Still haven't found a guitar that swallows yet. I'm sure the Japanese are working on that as we speak.
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#30
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For me, as far as the finish goes, it's very important.

Now before you spit fire on me, hear me out.

The sound is above all most important, I won't argue with anybody there. However, guitars are pretty expensive, especially high end ones. For me, if I'm paying hundreds, maybe even thousands of dollars for anything, it better be nice looking.

Not that I would ever refuse an "ugly" guitar if it was given to me and sounds good, but when people say "who cares what it looks like," when somebody's picking a guitar, I never really understand how someone can feel that way.

All I'm sayin' is that if I'm spending some cash, the thing better be a beauty


I agree with you

Obviously how the thing sounds and plays are of paramount importance, but once you have that, it might as well look badass too
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#31
Sound and ease of playing is the most important to me. That said, looks are pretty important to me because if a guitar looks good then I want to play it more. Eye candy is always good.
#32
Sound and playability are important to me too, more than the looks. I have two Carvins that looks good and plays good but my custom handmade Harper smoke 'em.

Not much on looks but plays very well. By the way, I stained and shellacked it to bring out the ribbons.

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#33
for me looks has 10% the rest is sound and how it plays.. what good is it to have a guitar that looks nice if it will sound like crap and not feel good... rather spend money on a good sounding guitar and one that feels right over looks any day....
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#34
If it sounds good and looks i'd buy it.
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#35
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Sound and playability are important to me too, more than the looks. I have two Carvins that looks good and plays good but my custom handmade Harper smoke 'em.

Not much on looks but plays very well. By the way, I stained and shellacked it to bring out the ribbons.


That a pretty cool looking guitar. And it looks like it has a upside down music man headstock.
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#36
Thanks. I really like it, it's light too (6.4 lbs).
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#37
looks matter.

who dates the fat chick because she has a great personality?


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#38
Heres how I look at it...
If it's going to be something that I am investing in and will be putting time and effort into playing it for countless of hours... I don't want to play something and caress something day in and day out that doesn't appeal to my eye!
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#39
For an amp, looks are maybe 10%. For a guitar, probably 50/50. The more I'm spending, the more I care.
#40
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If a guitar looks bad to me then I'm not touching it. I don't know why anyone would willingly buy a guitar that they don't like the look of or that has a shoddy finish. Tone is so easy to modify, looks aren't.


agreed! just change some pots and pickups and you have a whole new instrument. Also the ESP's LTD line has the same tone as the ESP standards but most of what you're paying for is that they have a custom shop where they can change the colour/finish.
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