Guitars you've bought JUST because they looked cool

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by hessodreamy, Aug 8, 2018.

  1. hessodreamy

    hessodreamy Tele-Meister

    Jun 13, 2010
    I'm a bit of a GAS addict. Getting older and having more cash generally means I can be less careful about my guitar purchases. But sometimes I get a bit too trigger happy. Sometimes I can't help but want some guitar because I just looks so freakin' cool. Oftentimes I won't even do proper research like check out demos. Most of these were fine sounding andplaying guitars, but I wouldn't know because I was all about the looks!

    - CIJ Jazzmaster in burgandy mist. I just HAD to have one with a matching headstock. And offsets are cool lately. Not sure I even had a clear idea of what they sounded like

    - Cort Sunset. That retro vibe, bigsby, filtertrons, the curl of the white pickguard on the black. How could it fail?

    - Telecaster classic player thinline deluxe. Telecaster, humbuckers, thinline. I'm sold! No matter how many times I'm left unimpressed by wide range pickups, I had to have it! I had hand-wound pickups and a bigsby (and new bridge) ordered before I'd even played the guitar.

    - Fidelity double standard (prototype). Bit of an indulgence to go booteek (though it was reasonably priced). Had no demos of this configuration, just bought it on looks alone because I fancied a purchase.
  2. The Little Guy

    The Little Guy Tele-Meister

    May 18, 2014
    Bronte, Texas
    I’ve jokingly started referring to my collection as the museum. I’m thinking of giving up playing and moving into collecting, and I’m still relatively young. I think I’m about to a point, though, that I won’t have GAS again for a while. After my newest purchase arrives on Friday, that is.
  3. JayFreddy

    JayFreddy Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 6, 2006
    Dallas TX USA
    Guilty as charged! Lol

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  4. srolfeca

    srolfeca Tele-Meister

    Exactly none, ever.

    I seem to look with my ears and fingers- the headstock on my Parker Nitefly was an abomination, and my DeArmond Ashbory bass was worse.

    But they both played and sounded great, so by the end of the first week, I thought they looked great.
  5. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    I'm guilty of being charmed by cool looking guitars.
    I have purchased many guitars because of their appearance.
    I guess I'm Shallow Hal.
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  6. johnny k

    johnny k Friend of Leo's

    Jan 15, 2011
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  7. AAT65

    AAT65 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    My Shergold Masquerader SM-03SD is the nearest I have come to this — it’s the only guitar I own which I bought without playing.
    NGD thread here ——-shergold-masquerader-sm03-sd.814433/
    I was attracted by the Tele bridge combined with Strat middle and neck pickups (I know, I could have gone Nashville Tele, but something about that just feels wrong to me) and was interested anyway because I used to own an original Masquerader from the 1980s... but what tipped me over the edge was that it has an all-rosewood neck (rosewood neck, fingerboard and binding) which is rare anyway and vanishingly so at that price-point. When Anderton’s has a couple with £200 off I couldn’t resist!
  8. SixStringSlinger

    SixStringSlinger Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    May 21, 2006
    Never bought one, but when my friends and I first started playing guitar, we all lusted after one of these at one point or another.

  9. ricardo1912

    ricardo1912 Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 26, 2011
    Kent, UK
    I have done that a couple of times. I recently bought an Obey Telecaster because it looked a bit different and I'd never seen one before. There was no way I needed another guitar but it was at a good price. Funny little thing with very raucous pickups that plays well after a decent setup.

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  10. voodooblues

    voodooblues Friend of Leo's

    Sep 12, 2012
    Berwyn, Il
    I haven't, but I would so rock a v.
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  11. jayyj

    jayyj Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 13, 2014
    Manchester, UK
    This one definitely fits the description. I'd just sold an antique Kumalae ukulele for the equivalent of about $800 and the same day this Electra popped up on Olivia's Vintage for exactly the same amount. I'd always wanted a blonde 335, and this had the nicest top I'd seen on one, so I figured, what the heck. It's actually a really cracking guitar that stands up against my Gibsons very well, so it turned out to be a good purchase.


    However, when it comes to cool looking Japanese archtops my holy grail was always the Yamaha SA 50, particularly the rarer Pearl series versions that had very cool metallic finishes - they're impossible to find in the UK so I had no idea if they were actually any good and I wasn't paying a four figure sum to find out, but a Pearl series one popped up on Ebay a few months ago for £500 and I took a chance. Again, turned out to be a very well made, good sounding guitar and you can properly dive bomb on that vibrato so I've been happily trying out Kevin Shields whammy effects on it for the last few months This is the Pearl Glacier version - the finish was a bit of a mess with a lot of bad touch up attempts but I've been gradually sorting it out by buffing out the added paint and it's coming up well, although need to rephotograph it now!

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  12. JayFreddy

    JayFreddy Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 6, 2006
    Dallas TX USA
    I love the pickups. Sweet and creamy just like a mini humbucker is supposed to be.

    However, the image of the guitar is much more flamboyant than the mellow jazz tones that it produces.

    The other observation/complaint is the square dice knobs take some getting used to. There is a reason for round knobs, just as there is a reason for round tires.

    Mine actually has a genuine Bigsby tremolo, and with some Vaseline on the nut, it stays it tune very well.

    So she's kind of like a girlfriend who looks like a dragstrip queen, but who just wants to stay home and make cookies.

    Looks can be deceiving, but I like cookies... ;)
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  13. johnny k

    johnny k Friend of Leo's

    Jan 15, 2011
    Thank you !
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  14. studio1087

    studio1087 Telefied Silver Supporter

    May 10, 2003
    Near Milwaukee
    I bought an Epiphone Emily the Strange for drop D songs at gigs mainly because I thought women would like it.

    It worked.


    And then there's the cat and the penguin guitars.

  15. Tobias

    Tobias Tele-Meister

    Dec 2, 2015
    Yup. A schecter propaganda. Don’t have a pic handy, but Google.
  16. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    I haven't the money or the brashness, but I'm attracted to deconstructed guitars.


  17. Southpole

    Southpole Tele-Holic

    Apr 10, 2014
    I no longer have the Firebirds but I still have the 81 Gibson Explorer.

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  18. DrBGood

    DrBGood Tele-Meister

    Jan 30, 2015
    Sutton QC, CANADA
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    And then it didn't take long to realize that it also plays and sounds great. Like a few minutes ...
  19. Lawson

    Lawson Tele-Holic

    Dec 19, 2011
    Saw this thread right after I pulled the trigger on a '63 Framus acoustic by pictures alone. I have a seriously good feeling about it. Looks to be taken decent care of!

    Edit: Well seems I don't know how to add a picture...

    Here's a link anyway

    Last edited: Aug 9, 2018
  20. kafka

    kafka Tele-Holic

    Oct 18, 2013
    Turns out I really like it, too.

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