03-06-2013 06:33 AM
03-06-2013 06:57 AM
I was going to disagree at first, but I think the former probably affects my perception of the latter. A beat up old tele that sounds amazing is beautiful-looking to me, moreso than many super-exotic custom shops. If I like looks of it, I'll probably perceive the tone as beautiful as well. I'd probably perceive the tone of a neon-pink, pointy-headstock superstrat as... not up my alley...
I'm not sure if this is true. I love lots of tones on lots of records and I have no idea what guitars were used. Maybe they were neon-pink pointy headstock superstrats.
After further rambling, I'm going to disagree again. Maybe looks can affect perception of tone to some degree, but it's not directly related.
03-06-2013 07:23 AM
I think there is a lot of truth in that. How you feel when you play will effect how you sound.
If I play a cheap piece of crap I don't expect much from it so I don't put much into it. I could be surprised by the guitar but probably not.
On the other hand I was at a shop and the salesman asked me if I would hold a guitar for him while he went to check on something. He handed me a guitar that was so perfect I was in awe just seeing it .Of course I had to try it out of course the sound was amazing. I played it with great respect and got great sound.( Too bad he was preparing it for another customer who was coming in to see it)
03-06-2013 07:31 AM
I've grabbed many guitars off the rack that were absolutely gorgeous but had a very lackluster tone, sometimes just a little unimpressive, and other times just down right crappy sound.
And, I've played many which had a lackluster appearance but sounded absolutely amazing...
I suppose it's all up to the eyes and ears of the beholder...
03-06-2013 07:32 AM
03-06-2013 11:22 AM
At first, I was going to say, "HELL NO!" but, upon reflection, it's true that many people - including myself - hear with their eyes. If they decide they don't like its looks, then they're automatically not going to pick it up and discover whether or not it's a diamond in the rough.
Admittedly, I won't even give an ugly guitar a second glance, unless it's a brand name I'm familiar with and like. The best example of this was my Hamer Cruise bass, which looks like it should be onstage with Def Leppard. I saw the thing in a music store, thought, "You have GOT to be kidding me" but then saw the name on the headstock and played it for a bit. Yes, Virginia, it was a Hamer which meant it was "bad-ass" (that's a quote from former Chick Corea bassist Mike Pope, who tried it at Wootcamp).
At the time, I wasn't in the market for a bass (that was my wife's job!) so I just put word out to anyone who was looking for a bass to try this one out: it's ugly but it sounds smokin'. No one bit: they'd say, "I'm sure it's a nice bass, but it's too ugly for me."
Two years later, I decided I wanted a bass so I bought it. Their loss, my gain.
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