Guitar Esthetics

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  1. SixStringSlinger

    SixStringSlinger Poster Extraordinaire

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    I don't think I have any "universal" rules aside from not liking short headstocks, like the Ernie Ball ones.

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    They just look stubby to me.

    I also tend not to prefer anything other than a six-on-a-side headstock on Strats/Strat-like objects, or really on any similarly asymmetrical guitar design. 3x3's are fine on Les Pauls, SG's, 335's and the like.

    Other than that, my dislikes are more specific. I don't like the look of Epiphone headstocks on LP's and SG's (they're fine on other designs).

    I really don't like these kinds of Firebirds (I can never remember if this is reverse or non-reverse):

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    Finally, I feel if you're going to copy a classic guitar design, just copy it all the way. For instance, I'm not crazy about the Silver Sky (basically a Strat south of the neck heel) with the PRS bird inlays and headstock. But a Silver Sky made to be less obviously Stratty could be just fine by me.
     
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  2. DekeDog

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    I've never cared for radical body designs like Vs or Explorers, or large head stocks. I don't like red guitars, even though I own two. For me, color doesn't keep a guitar from being owned or played. I also really like to see wood grain.
     
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    No wonder this didn’t catch on. Butt ugly imho 68849A01-4E04-4C4F-8049-BBD1A34EB96A.jpeg
     
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  4. Peegoo

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    I like it all--so long as it's functional, plays easily, and sounds good.

    The real beauty of guitar design is there are so many choices these days, anyone can find something they like. And if you can't buy one, you can build one. Or two. Or more!

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    +1 DeAngelico - The pomposity of the fakery is ludicrous. I'd be embarrassed to pick one up at a GC to test drive.

    Having said that, it takes all kinds so never knock another man's sport.
     
  6. wulfenganck

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    There are a lot of differnet types I like.
    For nearly 10 years I prefered hollowbodies and semi-acoustics, until I got my hands on a Sterling by Music Man St. Vincent - I loved the design since the guitar came out around 2016.
    I like it so much, I can even get along the Music Man 4/2 headstock design. I usually prefer 3/3, although I have a 80s-telecaster "interpretation" by a shortlived attempt by Ibanez to establish a new brand called Axstar.
    I don't particularly enjoy the strat design, although I have another strat-influenced guitar.
    Hmm,.....I guess a massive Floyd Rose vibrato system plus some weird 80s/90s colour-designs are my only definite no-go's.
     
  7. loopfinding

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    they were always gaudy like that though, they're just following the historic design. i think the shape is cool but the appointments (especially the hood ornament) is too much. it reminds me of greek statues in the front lawn NJ stuff. the eastman headstock is like the classy version of it.
     
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  8. Chuckster

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    To take this a step further, I think EB really blew it with the headstock on the St. Vincent model; they had the perfect opportunity to create symmetry with that body shape and the headstock. Now, it's an angular body with a rounded headstock.

    Design Grade: F -


    (And yes... aesthetics, but I didn't want to be that guy)
     
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    I'm not big on furry guitars (although there I have no argument that there are some real stars wielding them). I am, however, gonna get a leopard print strap if I ever get a Madcat clone locked down;).
     
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    This!
     
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    You are not alone.

    Not sure I 100% agree with your police work there, Lou. Nor does my old college "Esthetics" textbook. If I recall from dusty memory, "Aesthetics" is more British spelling and "Esthetics" more American. Each is correct.
     
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  12. Grandy

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    I don't like 70s strats' large headstocks eather, but believe I could get used to it if the guitar was really nice otherwise.
     
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    both are correct, but even in the US you still see "aesthetic" in highfalutin writing (like art history, philosophy, etc.) and "esthetic" used as a fancy euphemism for "cosmetic."
     
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    I find everything about the looks of PRS guitars to be repulsive and for that reason alone, I have never even picked one up.
     
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    I thought Esthetics is a correct spelling but a different subject area/ or discipline, different from aesthetics

    More to the point:

    I don't like the look of the PRS 'Strat' type with the PRS headstock- just looks wrong!

    ( though it sounds like it's a heck of a guitar)
     
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    I hate all guitars that are not my guitars.
     
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    I like a plain looking guitar with simple grain.
    Not big on bursts
    Not big on gold
    Not big on sparkle
    Not big on ornaments
    I hate all Liberace kind of bling.

    Something like this let's say (not mine)

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    Or this (mine)​

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    I have lots!
    I like :
    Substantial necks
    Rosewood or ebony fretboards
    Flatter fretboard radius
    Medium jumbo frets
    Straight pull headstocks
    Locking tuners
    Graphite/Teflon nuts
    Heavier strings.
    Nice wood joinery, no multiple piece/mismatched joints
    Noiseless pickups
    Nice wood figuring
    Convenient pickup switching
    Minimal potentiometers
    Moderate weight
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    B benders
    Tasteful (or boring) finishes

    All 20 of my instruments pass muster!
     
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    I don't have any prejudices against odd guitar shapes. I don't like them all, but I respect the effort to make something new. I LOVE the Music Man St. Vincent signature guitars--beautiful design. I always liked BR Rich Eagles and the Schecter Avenger models too.

    I can't stand the V shaped Dean headstock. That's just horrible. I would own a Dean Cadillac if they didn't have that stupid headstock. I don't love the G&L headstock either, but I respect the effort to look Fender-esque but still steer clear of the trademark.

    I don't like guitars with elaborate figuring, spalted tops, etc. It's a guitar, not a jewelry box. Also, I don't like sunburst. But as much as I dislike sunburst, I absolutely despise any other kind of "burst." Blackburst, blueburst, purpleburst, dragonburst, lame, lame, lame, lame--even more so if the "burst" is transparent to show the figured top underneath. :eek:
     
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    That's true... if all you're doing is lookin'.....
     
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