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  • #16
    I frequently suffer from 'analysis paralysis.' When I'm shopping for a 'big ticket item,' I might take months to research and toss around ideas. I'll sleep on it for days, weeks. I typically won't pull the trigger on something until I'm completely comfortable with it. When I make my decisions that way, I rarely make mistakes, and I'm almost always satisfied with what I bought. For me, that process cuts way down on buyer's remorse. I still have it sometimes, but it's really rare.

    I also feel like it gives me time to get over the honeymoon of gassing for something. I might grow out of it and wonder what I was thinking after a while. Deliberating a purchase also keeps the gas under control.

    The end justifies the means, in my case. If I'm spending a good bit of money on something, I don't want to hurry any purchase. I literally want to be satisfied with it BEFORE I make the purchase.
    Originally Posted by csm

    The first, and most frequently violated rule of punk is: THERE ARE NO RULES.

    "You know, once you've had that guitar up so loud on the stage, where you can lean back and volume will stop you from falling backward, that's a hard drug to kick." — David Gilmour

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    • #17
      Yes, I agree that you are probably over-analysing it. These are the things I have considered when getting my (three) guitars (one electro-acoustic and two electrics), in this order for the electrics, although 1 and 2 are very close:

      1. What sounds do I want to achieve/need, for the style of music I play?... key to this is your amp purchase of course too. Includes - type of pickup, solid/semi/hollow, scale length, etc. For me, I wanted a solid bridge pickup tone that could be both jangly but muscular... but not too cliched (ie. strat quack, or Joe Bonamassa/Beano Blues). I realised I preferred single coils to humbuckers though. I wanted a guitar with a decent neck pickup, but preferably a single coil in the neck. I thought it would be good to have one with a Fender scale and a second with a Gibson scale. So far I haven't felt the need to get a semi or hollow.

      2. What sort of playability do I want? What does the neck need to be like and the fingerboard, weight, access to upper frets etc? For me, upper fret access wasn't that important, and neither was weight particularly. I like fat necks though.

      3. How much flexibility/versatility do I want, and in what areas? For me, I was less bothered by having a versatile guitar, than in having one or two guitars with powerful core sounds, that could be adjusted with a volume and tone control.

      4. What sort of 'look' or style do I want, and will it suit me, my playing style and personality? I like the rough and ready look of teles and the simple look of single pickup guitars.

      And lo and behold, you can see in my sig what I have ended up with... and I am a very happy bunny.
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      • #18
        See I go for "what makes me want to keep playing and playing?" in shopping for a guitar, and then I mod it to get closer to perfection. A lot of the time there were really easy dealbreakers, like a neck that's too fat or string spacing too narrow, a volume knob right where I want my picking hand to be (Stratocaster, I'm looking at you), a guitar that's unbalanced and makes it want to slide off my leg while sitting, etc. The best guitars are really easy to play and the notes kind of jump out of them, so I keep wanting to play. And then there's things like Strats making me always want to play SRV/Mayer licks while say Godins and some LP's make me want to play jazzy chords.
        Guitar Rig: Musicman Silhouette -> Cool Cat Transparent OD -> Fender Mustang I (Twin model)
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        • #19
          Here's good article on how too much information renders someone incapable of making a "good" decision...


          A lot of times I go for things that are fairly new or not very mainstream meaning there isn't much info to hinder my decision.
          When I bought my Reverend there was no where local I could test them so my decision was purely based off the demo videos on their site. 4 years later and I still love my Flatroc.
          The Vox Virage, well, I made up my mind on that before they were even released. Played one for about 10 minutes a week after they came out then went back 2 months later and bought one. There was only 1 review available at the time and that was Guitar Player.



          • #20
            Just buy a LP, a Strat and a Tele.....wait 3 years then buy an Ibanez Prestige of your choice....job done
            Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. - Plato


            • #21
              I'm a hopeless overanalyzer.

              I can vouch for this.


              • #22
                I'm a hopeless overanalyzer. My "collection" stays small, so for a guitar to make it home, it has to earn its keep.
                This time out, I was looking for something that I didn't have to modify and had decent enough quality that I wouldn't have to worry about it.
                It was really just a matter of trying everything I could get my hands on until I started narrowing things down. It took two tries...the first one I liked, but it didn't "wow" me after a week like I thought it did. When I learned I could get a Gibson LP for $600 new with warranty, I tried it out. That's about all it took on that one.
                But, really, trying guitars is what worked for me. I can start to rule things out pretty quickly. Like this, not that, etc. Keep trying til the process of elimination takes care of it.


                This is good advice.

                I'm looking for something very specific when I buy a guitar so I usually avoid the standard "GAS symptoms". Instead I obsess over the minutia. I built a tele from parts that I thought was going to be perfect because I'd designed the whole thing myself and decided on every feature. Probably cost $1100 all together. I ended up replacing it with a $200 danelectro because it felt better in my hands and I preferred the sound. My point is, you never know which one is going to stick.

                From looking at your collection, can I suggest some kind of hollow or semi-hollow with p-90's? Seems like a casino or something similar would fill a hole.
                '06 Eastman T146 w/ Vintage Vibe HCC Pickup
                '07 Danelectro 59-DC Reissue
                Anonymous Acoustic Archtop w/ K&K Archtop Pickup

                '67 BF Fender Bassman Head
                LopoLine 1x15 Cab w/ Jensen CP-15N


                • #23
                  ^ yeah thats what i was thinking too, thats what initially pulled me to the JA 90 tele. i teles, i do need a semi hollow and it has p90s. kinda leaning back in that direction but i recently played a SG classic which i could still snag for 650. it was just pure rock and roll and i really bonded well with it. but at least i am back down to a 2 guitar race, i need to hold off on the hollowbody and LP ideas for down the road.
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                  • #24
                    I operate by a simple method:

                    • I know full well there are a few I things I need to prevent buyer's remorse:[INDENT]
                    "No one ever goes to heaven deservingly
                    and no one ever goes to hell unwillingly."
                    -CS Lewis