What is an aesthetic deal breaker for you on guitars?

Tony Done

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Hmm, too many to list. here's a few:

Heavy
Blingy
Carved top
Fancy timber
Some headstocks (eg PRS)
Points and spikes
"Odd" shapes
Bright colours
"Modern" trems.

I like lightweight strats and LP Jrs/Sps in plain timber or colours, plus a few oddities, like early Zemaitis with engraved metal tops and some 3D-printed bodies.

There's so much choice these days, there's no need to go with something that turns you off a bit.
 

jrjones

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I don’t draw many hard lines...for the right price I’d buy a guitar that I didn’t like the looks of. I don’t particularly care for the looks of an explorer but if you bring me a real Gibson korina explorer and tell me you want $150 for it I’m gonna buy it.
 

misterg71

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I know it seems silly to rule out a guitar on looks when sound and playability are far more important, yet there are visuals that will be deal breakers for me. Do you have any?

Headstocks can be a deal breaker for me.

That's a nice looking HS there. Substance over style.
 

dpgreek

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1. I don't buy guitars online
2. reliced
3. odd shapes that look like an afterthought
4. horrendous colors
 

sahhas

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it's funny how for the longest time I thought "knots in the wood was bad"....but I believe that EVH's original Frankie guitar had a knot in it somewhere-that's why it was deemed a second. and of course Rick Kelly has made a cottage industry of having knotted pine guitar bodies built and it seems fine.
I actually like pine for a body wood...so the knots and imperfections don't bother me....

Knots in the wood (can't stand pine guitars).

Natural headstock on a rosewood neck (not a total dealbreaker but I much prefer matching or black headstock).

I can't see myself ever playing something uberflamed.
 

LaXu

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Several colors:
  • Tobacco sunburst that is black on the edges, more like shitburst.
  • Dogpuke yellow.
  • 3-tone sunburst. It's so boring and reminds me of my first guitar which was a piece of crap.
  • All black.
  • Clownburst.
For the record, I like lots of colors and finishes, just not those ones.

Other than that:
  • Tribal inlays. Remember the Schecters from early 2000s?
  • Pickguards that don't follow the curves of the body. See Gibson Dusk Tiger.
  • "Lumpy" bodies that look like an undefined blob. See that Klein headless guitar.
  • James Tyler headstock. The body finishes are real nice though but man, he really shot himself in the foot (head?) with that headstock...
 

GiorgioV

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it's funny how for the longest time I thought "knots in the wood was bad"....but I believe that EVH's original Frankie guitar had a knot in it somewhere-that's why it was deemed a second. and of course Rick Kelly has made a cottage industry of having knotted pine guitar bodies built and it seems fine.
I actually like pine for a body wood...so the knots and imperfections don't bother me....
I am sure they sound absolutely fantastic. It's just that, aesthetically, I can't stand them. They remind me too much of furniture.
 

sahhas

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this sort of reminds me of the old Les Paul quote that "people hear with their eyes".

I am sure they sound absolutely fantastic. It's just that, aesthetically, I can't stand them. They remind me too much of furniture.
 

Ridgeback

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Quit a few, but the ones that come to mind first are:
  • Body wear through the finish to the raw wood (real or heavy relic).
  • Wear on the top of the fretboard or unrealistic wear on the back of the neck. (real or relic).
  • "Teardrop" sunbursts.
  • Pointy headstocks or bodies
  • Lots of bursts and colors I would never want to own no matter how nice the guitar was.
  • Black hardware.
 

Yamaha 350

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So you'd be perfectly content with an Esteban? :)
I like his Paula Abdul guitar he had made and the solid body electric. Solid body is made like a Switch Vibracell with 3 single coils. I like the 4 Keith Urban guitars. They are as a good as any 400 dollars or less guitar. Better than a few Squires. And much better than those cheap bullets.
 




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