What aesthetics about a brand just make you instantly say no?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by bokeh, Sep 27, 2019.

  1. ED_P

    ED_P Silver Supporting Member

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    I won't buy an Ernie Ball Music Man guitar.

    Despite playing some higher end models, and finding the necks and bodies amazing, I am turned off by the 4x2 tuner configuration. I will buy in line 6, or 3 and 3, but the 4x2 annoys the OCD in me enough that it's a deal breaker.
     
  2. dazco

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    Like many have no doubt already said, birds. Thats #1 for me. Tried to get used to em on a SE santana, just couldn't.
     
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  3. fescue

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    Suhr. Headstocks are fugly. Yeah, I know, I’ll be branded a hater. Lovely guitar until you go north of the nut.
     
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  4. FlyingVBlues

    FlyingVBlues Gold Supporting Member

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    • Pointy headstocks
    • Clownburst's
    • Any sort of sparkle finish
    • Over the top flame
    • Quilted maple tops
    • Any kind of picture or graphic
    • Weird or gaudy inlays
    • Weird finishes such as a James Tyler Burning Water
    • Non-traditional pastel colors (pink, green, orange, purple, blue, yellow, etc.)
    • Stripes or other patterns
    • Headless guitars
    • Large headstocks
    • Extreme relics
    • Guitars with Floyd's or Kahler's
    • 60's slim tapered neck profiles
    • Maple fretboards
    • Zebra pickups without covers
    • Basically anything that strays too far from classic designs (335's, LP's, Tele's, Strat's...)
     
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  5. gigsup

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    TL;DR
     
  6. rowdyyates

    rowdyyates Supporting Member

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    I had a Suhr T that was absolutely perfect. Great neck, great playability, great sound, light weight, but I couldn’t stand the headstock. I tried to not be so superficial, but in the end I had to let it go.
     
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  7. Page of Cups

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    I'd forgotten about the Reverend Billy Corgan. I'm right there with ya, might have bought one but for the silly hubcaps. This year I have more money but apparently the same hangups. I'd love to try a Ronin Mirari but...
    [​IMG]
     
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  8. CapnRex

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    Add me in here. I wonder if PRS knows how many potential customers they have lost due to those stupid birds?

    Also: roasted necks. Have a roasted neck Ibanez AZ that I need to get rid of. In the words of The Tourettes Guy, "it made me feel like a piece of S*IT!" Feels coarse.
    The dark maple also looks like poop.

    Pearly pearlguards.

    That awful plasticy Schecter Hellraiser binding.

    Gibson binding that creates nibs on the fretboard.

    Small frets.

    Sparkly finishes.

    The Dream Theater logo on the fretboard of Majesty guitars (though I do like the guitar itself)
     
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  10. dazco

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    Thats exactly how i think of relics. There are plenty of guys here that would pass up a guitar they otherwise liked if it's relic'd, myself being one of them. But a non relic'd guitar would likely be of interest to anyone even guys who like relics. So it would seem like relicing would lower the potential customer base. granted, with fenders at least there is such a mind boggling amount of models that in reality that wont be an issue because whatever u want theres probably relic and non relic versions. But i think the point is the same as birds....no one is going to reject a guitar because it doesn't have birds, but plenty will.
     
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  11. StummerJoe

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    Heritage Guitars was started by Gibson employees when Gibson moved, and they are built on the same machines as the original Gibsons. Hence, Heritage.
     
  12. macrofor

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    Can’t believe no one mentioned Steinbergers, and gtrs with routed grip handles (ala Jem)

    G&L gtrs look like overweight Fenders and Collings gtrs look and play like a Gibson after it got clean from a bad drug habit

    And I like Suhr headstocks just fine

    I generally don’t like my tops to look furniture grade wood.
     
  13. CapnRex

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    Agree completely on relics. I don't want to buy a new but beat-up car. Same with a guitar.
     
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    Headstocks that aren’t as close as possible to the original S, T and LP shapes. Worst offenders among the more common brands are Tuttle and any of several similar to what I’ve seen called the Suhr hybrid shape, with Fano and Friedman coming to mind. I was very anti pointy headstock for a long time but have learned to like Anderson and Suhr pointy shapes, but nothing comes close to the 3 originals for me. Also, you couldn’t give me a guitar with a quilted maple top unless I had a buyer on standby.
     
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    Irrespective of the quality or sound of their products, I really just can't get past the logo. It's just so...horrible. I can't believe they still run with it.
     
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  17. arctic

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    Epiphone headstock.. [​IMG]
     
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    Agreed, with one caveat - the dog ears on Garcia's latter day guitars could be considered a little pointy, yet I'd love to get one of those.

    [​IMG]936 × 1200
     
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    Anything that was designed with an intended target audience of those who say to themselves: "that's cool - it's so retro!".
     

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