OK...let's just pick a random hypothetical out of the air... You're a Blues guy...maybe...55 or 56 years old...for years you've been playing tweed amps and classic guitars. Often hollow with P90s...also Teles...the occasional Strat...big fat Gretsch or funky Kay, Dan-o or Harmony... This is how I...I mean you...ahem...the hypothetical "you"...see yourself. Then, you fall for a black, bound, thinline Tele with THREE HUMBUCKERS that looks like something John 5 would play. What do you do? And I'm NOT going to try matching eyeliner...probably. The immediate answer is the obvious one...play the guitar you like... But there are a number of factors to consider. Even on a low level (local/regional gigs) there's a certain amount of show biz. You're a performer...you dress a certain way and cultivate an image. You're not really the kind of player that's SO GOOD, your choices are acceptable just because YOU made them. If Buddy Guy wanted to play a Charvel...he's BUDDY FREAKIN' GUY. But even Johnny Hiland set the internet lights flashing when he started doing Country gigs with a PRS. There's Ed Bickert who played Jazz on a Tele...probably raised some eyebrows... How far does it go? What if I...uh...you... fall for a pointy Dean with a locking nut and want to play Blues gigs with it? Ted had his Byrdlands... I don't remember, but I bet guitar players were a little surprised by Alvin Lee's 335...I don't recall any heavy Rock guitar players playing one before him. Anybody here playing guitars that break out of the mold?