Poll: Buy Guitars Based On
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View poll results: Buy Guitars Based On
Looks
30 17%
Sound
149 83%
Voters: 179.
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#1
So when i a kid at school i would buy guitars/basses etc based on looks rather than sound (however the jackson kelly i got was sechs). Now i would happily play an ugly guitar that sounded great.

What about you guys?!?
#2
I actually think about what I want out the guitar instead of making a rushed decision...

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#3
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So when i a kid at school i would buy guitars based on looks rather than sound (however the jackson kelly i got was sechs). Now i would happily play an ugly guitar that sounded great.

What about you guys?!?


Just gotta point this out:


What about you guys?!?

What's with the ?!? at the end? It's a question, not an interrogation.

Also, definitely both.
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#4
The looks draw me to one, but if the tone sucks, theres not point in wasting money. So in all reality, it's a combination of the two.
#5
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Just gotta point this out:


What about you guys?!?

What's with the ?!? at the end? It's a question, not an interrogation.

Also, definitely both.


what!?!
#6
well, sound kind of only makes sense. i don't ****ing play guitar to look at myself play. (i still look pretty awesome, though.)
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#7
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The looks draw me to one, but if the tone sucks, theres not point in wasting money. So in all reality, it's a combination of the two.

+1

Though I care more about sound than looks.
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#8
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what!?!


Listen to my words!?!??!
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#9
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well, sound kind of only makes sense. i don't ****ing play guitar to look at myself play. (i still look pretty awesome, though.)


so why do you have an MG!?!?!
#12
My guitar tone is usually processed a lot. It goes through my comp and a bunch loads of effects so it doesn't really matter what guitar i'm using as long as its got a clean heavy tone.

So therefore i go for the look. I like Les Pauls.
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#13
Looks attract me to it, sound is why I like it.

Feel and playability also play a factor.

I certainly wouldn't by a guitar that didn't meet all the required fields.
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#14
I bought a Hello Kitty guitar because it had a sexy pink finish on it, but to my surprise when I plugged it into my Fender 1968 Deluxe Reverb it had an incredible tone too!
#15
Sound can be changed/improved/****ed with, looks on the other hand...its pretty costly to get that changed. I'd rather buy a guitar that feels good, looks good and sounds terrible, than something that has amazing tone and makes everyone including me have to put on sunglasses to see it...and I'm not talking about the brightness factor either. I can always change a pickup here and there, or improve my amp.
#16
Both. Why would I want an ugly guitar? And why would I want a sexy guitar that sounds like sh*t? Wouldnt make sense.
#17
definitely a combination of the two
but sound is what most guitarists aim for first
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#18
the finish on my PRS is pretty ugly.... the birds are sweet...but yellow? Please.

I got it for the sound. I'd definitely get a red or black one first.
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#19
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Looks attract me to it, sound is why I like it.

Feel and playability also play a factor.

I certainly wouldn't by a guitar that didn't meet all the required fields.


Says it all. If I can't play the guitar well, I wouldn't want it.
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#20
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Looks attract me to it, sound is why I like it.

Feel and playability also play a factor.

I certainly wouldn't by a guitar that didn't meet all the required fields.

Actually feel and comfort is what i got for.
sound wouldn't matter much as long as its loud and clean. My comp and amp will manage the rest.
I like the Les Paul cuz its got a short neck so its easier to play chords on it n all.
I don't like my Ibanez cuz it has developed a horrible fret buzz, and basically cuz of its long neck, i need to move quite a lot on the fretboard n its not the most comfortable guitar to play chords and riffs on.
#21
Luckily the guitars that sound the best to me also look good. Sound is the reason I go for it though, for sure.
#26
Sound and feel equally important, looks are secondary.

I'd probably actually say I'd compromise a little bit on tone in order to get a guitar that I feel more comfortable playing. You can adjust tone with the use of different techniques/string attack, choice of strings, amp and effects, but a guitar that feels like ass will always feel like ass.
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#27
I go more for the feel of it. How the body rests, width of the neck, space of frets, how close the strings are, fret access, where the sweet spots are for pinches, etc.

Looks you can change (the finish at least) and sound is mostly amp and effects anyway.
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#28
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the finish on my PRS is pretty ugly.... the birds are sweet...but yellow? Please.

I got it for the sound. I'd definitely get a red or black one first.


yeah it looks like a throat sweetie (candy for sore throats)
#30
I still think looks are more important because no one (on a budget) should buy a guitar without thinking of the modifications you'd make to improve the sound and make it your own. Swapping pickups, strings, amps, effects and the like... but, if you're rich as hell and can buy a $2000 guitar that already has everything perfect... I guess you're easy to please.
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#31
i bought my squier when I was a noob because I though it looked cool (hey, it wasnt a strat...)
I bought my acoustic because it was cheapest one they had in the store

I've only really been playing the acoustic for the past year

if I dropped a big wad of cash on a better guitar it would have to deliver the entire package, feel nice, look cool and sound great
#32
The feel.
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#33
It's really a combination of the two. As much as I see a guitar as a musical instrument, it's also a piece of art to me. It should be beautiful to look at, play and hear.
#34
sound and feel of course!

i just happened to luck out with my sexy purple strat =)
#36
Feel.

If it's something that I'm linked to soul-to-soul, I can get any sound out of it that I like. The guitarist does not choose the guitar, the guitar chooses the guitarist.
#37
I'm not going to buy a beautiful guitar with a bad sound
I'm also not going to buy a guitar with beautiful sound that looks like sh** unless I'm a session guitarist or something

My point is, I'm not dependent on either
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#38
There should be a choice on the poll that says "both." Since there isnt, i'm not voting.

Edit: As other people have said, feel is also a very important factor.
#39
usually the sounds. im rarely drawn to playing an ugly guitar, but if i had heard it sounds good i might give it a try in the store. i learned the hard way though that buying a guitar that looks ****ing gorgeous is a mistake if you've never heard it


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#40
Can't you just replace the pickups whenever you want if you aren't satisfied with the tone?

How much of a difference does the type of wood the guitar's made of actually make on the tone?
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