I've been playing bass for several years now, but this year I decided that I wanted to get some guitar under my belt to increase my general knowledge of music and to get a chance to play with lead and chords. I started out with a semihollow Epiphone Sheraton II and I took it pretty seriously for about five months. I ended up selling it to get my dream bass, a six string Pedulla, but my birthday and Christmas are coming up soon and I'm thinking about getting another guitar. Here's the problem, though: I listen to and enjoy playing pretty much everything except for country. Classical, jazz, blues, hard rock, metal (both chugga and non-chugga), funk... For me, it's all good. And because I don't know what I'll end up playing, I don't know what kind of guitar I should end up with. Part of me wants to get an Ibanez 7 or 8 string, like an RG8 or a 7421. That way I can do some heavier stuff while its distorted or I can learn to play finger style stuff like Charlie Hunter and use the lower strings for bass lines. The other part if me has always wanted a Telecaster, and there's a really nice Classic Vibe Thin line at my local music store. That would satisfy my desire for soul, rock, jazz, and blues quite well. The issue is that both instruments feel good but unfamiliar in my hands simply because I'm not used to guitar, and tonally it's difficult to decide because I don't know what I'll end up playing on it. I feel that the 8 string has the most potential to be disappointing because it's so different from the norm, but on the other hand I think it has the most potential for solo play (because really, if you play guitar and bass you're probably going to be gigging the bass). The tele is more conservative, a known quantity if you will. It'll certainly be good, but I think I'll wonder in the back of my mind if I should have been more adventurous. Keep in mind that my main bass is a six string, so I don't necessarily buy into the idea that more complex instruments are necessarily harder or worse to learn on. So how do you guys make decisions like this? Do you have any advice other than "go with your gut?" Because right now my gut is saying, "I dunno man, don't ask me."