Tone vs. playability vs. looks... what's you order of choice?

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  1. Rachmaninoff

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    Tone, playability, looks... in which order?

    I was talking to some guitarist friends, and we had an interesting discussion on this topic... so guys, what are the order of choice (mostly) when you go after a guitar? What is more important? And why? Did you ever change your mind along the time?

    Tough question, eh? :cool:
     
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    Play ability, tone, looks. I have to bond with it or it's gone. Then... it has to sound good, but it goes hand in hand with the playability for me... Then looks.. by far the last thing....
     
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    I have owned and played a lot of guitars. For me it comes down to the individual guitar. You can have same model, but have a very different (playing/sounding/feel/frets etc.) guitar. just my two cents. In the end, it's about the tone for me.
     
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    looks first. I cant stand an ugly guitar even if it plays/sounds good.

    "never judge a book by its cover".... true, but you have never pickup that book(or guitar) if it wasnt by the cover. Unless someone else told you

    pretty guitars attracts me and grab my attention. From there I start checking the tone/playability of them. If they are ugly to me, I would never look at them on the first place
     
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    Yes, I agree. I think the guitar must inspire one when they see it! :shred:
     
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    It's just gotta have them all or I ain't got room for it!

    But to answer your question I crave playability...I can make do with the other 2 lacking a lil' bit.

    But why? It's easy to get all three in an axe these days!
     
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    couldn't give a .... what they look like. not worried about dings, dents, or scratches. tone is engineered, few guitars sound good without any work put into them. playability is what I'm after. I've bought many ugly, cheap guitars because I can wail on them, and I know what to do to fix them up and improve the electronics to get the tone I want. I have the baddest strat that was ever used to play metal, covered in stickers and beat to hell, but who cares. :fawk:
     
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    personally I go with build quality, playability, then looks, then tone

    I know that wasn't one of the 3 but it's really the most important to me, playability is decided alot by a good setup and it's much, MUCH easier to get a solid setup on a guitar with good hardware and lack of problems like the neck being slightly off, plus decent fretwork, ect.

    my reasoning is that if it doesn't feel good then I won't play with it much anyway due to it being uncomfortable and wearing my hands out faster

    looks are just kinda something I'll compromise on if I find something I feel like won't give my hands fatigue after a few hours of playing

    tone is important in the way that some guitars sound good with far less effort that others

    for the most part I can get whatever tone I want out of most of the guitars I've owned by messing with my amp settings, switching pickups, ect, but I can't really change the way it feels or looks very much at all
     
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    If it looks cool, I buy it. If it plays well, I keep it. If it sounds good, I use it.
     
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    i go with playability then looks then tone.

    I've owned ugly guitars that play amazing, but I've never used pretty guitars that play awful.
    and tone is fixable 99% of the time imo. with correct pickups, any decent rig/patch/pedals/amp or whatever can make any guitar sound proper. today's technology is amazing in that regard.
     
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    Look, feel, smell, tone.
     
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    It's so much more complicated than it sounds as everything can be modded to a certain degree.

    Tone...I strongly believe in tone woods, and no one can deny the difference of a maple fretboard and a rosewood one, still you can do LOADS just by swipping pick-ups.

    Playability...again you can do loads with a good set-up, you can even consider replacing the fretwire, sanding the neck...

    Look...a change of colour or pickguard can do wonders.

    And there's loads and loads more.
    You can gel with a $ 300 guitar like you won't ever gel with a $ 5000 one.
    I'm so happy with my Ibanez S that is very cheap like if it were the perfect sex mate (and I have to improve a thing or 2 yet) and I'm going to spend on a budget Schecter 3 times its price in mods...

    As I mentioned it's like with sex mates, you can find the hottest dude/dudette around and you can't have good sex with her (it incredibly happens :D ) or you can find the girl/boy that looks totally average and it's champagne time every second.
    It's just...feeling, mojo...

    Just you can mod guitars, not people, thus guitars are 1 million times better than people :lol:
     
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    All three in one every time.
     
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    Playability, looks, then tone. I love how les Paul's look but they feel wrong to me. You can fix tone. You can't just pretend something inspires you to play.
     
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    I get attracted to a guitar based on looks and specs. If I can try it that decides if I'm going to buy it. If I buy it online then when I get it I evaluate it based on tone etc. I've sold some beautiful guitars because they had dead spots or I didn't bond with them. Then again I've also sold a few really good guitars simply because I hated how they looked.
     
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    Tone comes first for me, but playability is a close second.

    I've had guitars before that played great, but they just sounded bad. I could just never bond with those ones. I'd prefer a low-end guitar that doesn't play that great, but sounds awesome.

    Plus, most playability issues can be solved, or at least improved with a decent setup, fret level, etc.

    Looks comes last.
     
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    The amount I pay on average for a guitar these days it better look, sound and play great.
     
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    Looks. It has to look good.

    Playability second. You have to enjoy it.

    Tone last. Tone is 90% in your hands/ability. If you can play well, it will still sound good even on a crap guitar, which counts me out!
     
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    Looks- Has to look awesome
    Playability- Has to play awesome
    Sound- Has to sound awesome.
     
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