Miscellaneous Rumbles

What colors your buying decision?

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If I am wanting a run of the mill model that comes in multiple colors, I won't compromise on the color I want. I'd rather wait and get the color I want. However, if I play a guitar for sale that just has outstanding playability and is priced right, I don't care what color it is.

– Jim Austin

I had not thought of this Jim but this applies to me and a specific guitar I wanted to buy right at the moment but could not for "keeping the wife happy".

I was having a great time at Rudy's in NYC......their Broome St. location. The last guitar I tried I frowned at but the technician at Rudy's knew what I liked and told me I would love it.

It was used, the body dinged a bit and was at one time probably a pure white color but looked like someone might've spilled coffee on it and kept it in a room full of smokers for years. But the tone was right in my wheel house.....very surprised since I am usually unimpressed by PRS. the neck was a thick profile and wide at the nut....greater than 1.70".

Keith Urban was trying out acoustics about 20 feet away and was not shy in complimenting me on my playing.......although I really think my playing was pretty pedestrian but that tone was key. Anyway, it was a used white PRS that looked like it spent time in a garbage pit.

I have no idea what model PRS it was or even the unusual single coils in it but this thing was the greatest playing guitar I never pulled the trigger on......I wanted to stay in the world of the living and my wife would've reversed this if I brought it home. But it was the ugliest guitar I ver saw that I really wanted to buy.

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Taste changes over time.....I was feeling thoroughly reactionary when I got a Jazzmaster,and like a "top-notch surfer boy" when it was time for a Jag.

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I wouldn't ever date a woman that I didn't think was attractive...and, I won't look at a guitar unless I think it is attractive.

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I wouldn't ever date a woman that I didn't think was attractive...and, I won't look at a guitar unless I think it is attractive.

– Toddfan

That’s the opposite of my “Any port in a storm” dating philosophy.

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That’s the opposite of my “Any port in a storm” dating philosophy.

– NJBob

You sound like the drummer from my last band...the rest of us dubbed his groupies "The Repulsives".

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I've never cared for burst finishes, though I think some of them look appropriate on certain guitars.

Also, any mural art, EVH style stripes, camo, or sparkle finishes. Way too garish and busy for me.

Sometimes I'll seek out the more rare finish of a model, if it's reasonably available.

The only instance in which I've bought a guitar influenced by its color is my Pro Jet, which is from a limited run of 60 aspen green models produced by Gretsch for Sweetwater.

I paid a bit more than I would have for a standard pre-owned pro-jet, but I love the aspen finish on my 5420t and wanted to bookend it with a solid body.

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I liked pointy guitars with sparkly finishes, in the 1980's when I was younger. I never got one but wanted one so bad. Today, the color of affordability is the best for me. I seem to prefer them Black based on the ones I have but I always wanted a banana yellow guitar.

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I liked pointy guitars with sparkly finishes, in the 1980's when I was younger. I never got one but wanted one so bad. Today, the color of affordability is the best for me. I seem to prefer them Black based on the ones I have but I always wanted a banana yellow guitar.

– Suprdave

A can of yellow Krylon on your White Falcon and you’ll have the guitar of your dreams.

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What colors my decisions? Usually the color these days. LOL

I've usually already got the body style picked out, with a pickup configuration that is either the way I want it or configurable. Electronics are pretty easy, so if I don't want to spend a ton on making it "the way I want it" I get the paint and body as close as I want it and then mod everything else.

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My recently purchased '56 Streamliner won me round to it's Bamboo Yellow/Copper Mist combination very quickly. I think in an ideal world I would've found gone for a '50s Jaguar Tan one if I could find one but the fact this had been converted to 2 pickups with added Bigsby tipped it for me. I'd love a 6120 but this was a quarter of the price of a '56 6120 and I like the idea of a guitar that is essentially the same minus one fret, some of the cosmetics and with a unique colour scheme.

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A can of yellow Krylon on your White Falcon and you’ll have the guitar of your dreams.

– NJBob

Uh, No!

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In theory color of a guitar should not matter, only sound, feel, playability and build quality but we are visual as people so I feel I’d rather have a guitar in a color I like than not. I think we all look at guitars as playable art in some ways.

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Color matters to me except on a bargain. When buying a guitar I pick the color. When buying a car I tell my wife the color I like and usually we get a different color. The same is true for all the walls in my house.

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You did, I paid that forward to a kid that needed a guitar

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I look for the sound, or the guitar's voice. For example the first electric guitar I bought was a Rickenbacker 360/12 string. There are other electric 12 string guitars I could have bought, but none of them had that particular ringing chime I wanted.

Similarly, when it came time to find a six string electric, I was looking for something that would really set off my finger picking. I messed around with some Gibson style guitars, and was underwhelmed. Tried a telecaster copy, and that was almost there, but not quite. And then I discovered Gretsch. That guitar had the sound I was looking for.

As far as acoustic guitars go, my forty year old S.L. Mossman can't be beat for finger picking. That guitar has really aged in well.

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Our man in Black and Gold (tubwompus) is late to chime in...

Blondes and Naturals preferred around here, only the Super 400 stands apart being Golden Teardrop...still quite translucent. The CAR clear 20th Annie JC Bass is a one off.

EDIT: Just for clarity, Gretsch Orange in any shade or name is "Natural"...

– Twangmeisternyc

Well Twangmeisternyc, thank ya for thinking of me.

My general thing has been kinda twofold, in that if I want/need a certain guitar for sonic reasons, I try to acquire it in the aforementioned gold-on-black for my own aesthetic wotchacallit. BUT... I still have biases toward certain iconic guitars having what I consider to be iconic colors, such as doublecut Les Paul Specials gotta be TV yella in my world (for me to own them, anyway, which mine are). I couldn’t imagine not having at least one of my big-body Rickenbackers being in Fireglo, for another. And for a Gibson jazzbox, one should at least have one in tobacca sunburst if one can. But for my “working” stuff: yessir, make mine gold on black, please an’ thank ya.

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The specs are right on my go-to tele and although I don't particularly "like" the color, when I look at it I "see" 1953, and I smile, and all is right with the world.

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Money. If I don't have the cash, I do without.

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Three of my guitars are brownish bursts. My Hofner, Casino and Sheraton with my Sheraton being the brown tobacco burst they did in the 90s. And that's funny because brown is my least favourite colour for anything... except a comfy pair of Blundstones and my favourite leather jacket.

I was very tempted to get a turquoise Casino but settled on the vintage sunburst because, well, The Beatles.

Yellow is my second least favourite colour but every time I think about getting a Tele the vintage white (aka yellow) is my first choice.

I don't ever see myself with a white guitar so I doubt I'll ever get a White Falcon but they do look sexy.

I think the only thing I could ever absolutely rule out would be gold or silver sparkle. And pink.

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I really don't like the maroon color on a Gibson SG or the Gretsch Corvette (CVT). I like the color fine, just not on a guitar for some reason. When I had a Corvette refinished that already had the original finish stripped when I got it, I decided not to restore it to spec mostly because of the color. I went for Setzer Hot Rod Purple.

Other than that I'm pretty open with different colored guitars.

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I wouldn't ever date a woman that I didn't think was attractive...and, I won't look at a guitar unless I think it is attractive.

– Toddfan

Exactly. I'm not going to pick up a guitar unless it's attractive to me. I'm not going to plug it in unless it feels right to me. I'm not going to buy it unless it sounds right to me.

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I'm not going to pick up a guitar unless it's attractive to me. I'm not going to plug it in unless it feels right to me. I'm not going to buy it unless it sounds right to me.

Man, that's well stated! Very succinct protocol. Hope I can remember it.

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BuddyHollywood, That is gorgeous!

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Color is very important. There are certain colors I would just never buy. The neck profile is big too, and the type of bridge/tremolo set up.


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