This may sound like a stupid question but...I'm curious. Have you ever regretted the colour (or other looks) choices you've made? I'm in the process of buying a new bass, and pretty sure that Fender Jaguar is going to be my choice. I have so far two options, a used MIA in Hot Rod Red and MIJ in black. I've read from many sources that there is not so much difference in the means of quality between the MIA and MIJ versions when in comes to the Deluxe line. (Correct me if I'm wrong!) But, I'm looking for a bass that will be my "companion" for a long time. When I invest money in any instrument (I play several) I want to get it right. That means that I won't buy something that I will grow out of very soon. If I want to change, the need for that comes from the urge for something new, not from the fact that the instrument won't meet my needs technically anymore (like being a student model or something). I am a twentysomething girl and currently playing in a punk band and in a shoegaze/alternative rock band, the latter being my "main band" at the moment. Of course it is the playability, the specs, the quality and the sound that matter the most. But I've found myself thinking about the looks as well. I really love the Hot Rod Red, since it reminds me of the Fender Jaguar guitar that Kim Gordon used when touring with Sonic Youth (she has been a great inspiration for me since I was a teenager). I'm also pretty edgy when it comes to looks, I don't look like someone from a mail order catalogue myself either. But then again I think that black is a safe choice. But also it is not so edgy. I know this sound ridiculous, but I've been thinking, that do the colours we pick relate to the music styles we play? And if I pick a colour that is very flashy or edgy, will I grow out of it? Has this ever happened to you? Have you bought an instrument that is fine in the means of specs and sound, but then noticed one day that it doesn't meet the eye anymore?