26 tubwompus 7 months ago For me, other than aesthetics (I know I know, “get over the gold-on-black thing.” That’s more for a certain onstage look, including my drums, but I DO love it) but it’s more about them having utility. Same with amps. And at this stage of the game for me, the focus is more geared to recording. That said, if I needed a guitar for a certain kind of sound: if it was available in gold/black, it was a bonus and I grabbed it.A new unanticipated phenomenon for me is that some of what I have is perfect for what I got them for, but either a bit rare and/or a bit pricey. So I’ve caught myself being rather precious about them.Ironic, in that I can take out one of my custom-built Sonor drumkits and beat the $#!+ out of ‘em without giving it a second thought, but the thought of bouncing around onstage with a few certain of my guitars makes me cringe.[sigh]But my 5120 Schoolhouse Special, 5422’s (6 & 12), Pro Jet, and MIM P-Bass are all great at their jobs and their quality on all levels is more than enough for them to be killer stage axes, along with their specific utilities in the studio, as valid as others in the stash that have different jobs and just happened to require a lot more cash to obtain them.