Aesthetic Elements That Put You Off From Purchasing Gear

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  1. TNCreature

    TNCreature Jinkies! Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2010
    Philadelphia Burbs
    Which Aesthetic Elements will cause you to not purchase a bass or other piece of equipment?
    You may love it, or even want it, but one thing puts you off.
    Is it a design element? A brand name? Your need for a closer relationship with your father? Or are you purely practical and utilitarian in your decision making?

    Different Strokes as we all know, so no harsh judgement. Sometimes I wish I could not care. I guess we do to this whenever we make choices in life (new car, house paint and design, significant other).

    For me, it's usually:
    • head-stock shape on a bass or guitar.
    • I don't like natural wood finishes.
    • I can't play pedals with stupid sexually juvenile names.

    What is your example?
     
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  2. A bass that requires neck removal (or loosening) in order to adjust the truss rod is a no-go for me. Fortunately they are not that common.
     
  3. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Long story but my wife is pretty clear that I can’t have a reversed headstock.
    Very long story.
     
  4. TNCreature

    TNCreature Jinkies! Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2010
    Philadelphia Burbs
    This! Such a pain
     
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  5. TNCreature

    TNCreature Jinkies! Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2010
    Philadelphia Burbs
    This is hilarious my friend
     
  6. I saw a photo of a pink F Bass. A very feminine pink. I wouldn't mind owning an F Bass but that colour... :eek:
     
  7. 4SG

    4SG

    Mar 6, 2014
    I can't see myself playing anything shaped like this, no matter how good it sounds...
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  8. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    We have all day.
     
  9. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    Antigua. Just can't do it.

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  10. John Childs

    John Childs

    Oct 10, 2018
    I'm with gin1955. Let's hear it! You could do installments!
     
  11. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    It’s an evil miracle none of those bullets broke a string.
     
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  12. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    I made-up my own story to support this restriction.

    How 'bout the headstock in my avatar?

    Riis
     
  13. dalkowski

    dalkowski It's "rout," not "route." Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    I'll take all the Antigua you got. Neon colors no. Most colors actually.
     
  14. Marc DLarosa

    Marc DLarosa Supporting Member

    May 29, 2017
    G&L, can opener headstock. Although... I used to say this about Music Man basses that said Ernie Ball on the headstock. I now have 6.
     
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  15. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    Anything that resembles a Peavey T-40
     
  16. I have a set of ideas on what constitutes an acceptable shape for a bass body. I like Jaguars, Jazz and Jazz-like basses, Rickenbackers, my Westone's body shape, some Schecters, for example. Precision basses are okay, I guess, similar in shape to a Strat, which is cool, after all.

    I have a long list of unacceptable body shapes which would probably offend lots of TB'rs, so maybe I should keep it to myself.
     
  17. Stewie

    Stewie

    Jul 3, 2013
    Near Boston
    I’m the ultimate TB stereotype. Fender P basses with flats. I know for sure there are better instruments. But I know what I like. ;)
     
  18. I just can't get with coffee tables or most other natural finishes. I can appreciate them but they just don't motivate me. Things that are pointy 80s VD machines. Rics that eat your forearm, I've tried 5 or 6 times, wanted to like them. Same with Rays. Ergonomically they don't work for me. They feel stiff playing on the pickup with fingers and I whack the snot out of it with a pick. Just too far back in both cases. Sound cool but can't do them. Maybe I should try an HH config one. Had a Sabre and it was great.
     
  19. J Wilson

    J Wilson

    Apr 22, 2022
    An Undisclosed Location
    none
    As I seem to be into Fender-Shaped-Objects with Squiers these days, I don't like them with the not-matching headstock, or adjust-at-the-heel truss rods. Although, I do like them in a Precision with the 3-color sunburst and an amber tinted neck and head, or the OG single coil Precision, as it's authentic to those pieces. But anything modern, no.

    And anything in that awful Robitussin-red SG/EB tint.
     
  20. dalkowski

    dalkowski It's "rout," not "route." Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    Ditto, but I'll make an exception for a Fallout.
     
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