Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Manchester, England
How does one judge whether a guitar is good or not???
Perhaps I'm being niave, but I expect a guitar above the price of say, £1000, to play really well-this is getting into the professional guitar arena and playability shouldn't be a variable (although my experience with JJ Hucke showed that this isn't always the case). *Whether a *neck is to ones taste etc in another matter, but I feel if I pick a PRS, Jackson, Ibanez etc it should feel good to play even if it's not my cup of tea. *Soundwise, I agree with Spiral Acid, amp selection and EQ settings are perhaps more obvious than say mahogany vs basswood (unless you're Eric Johnston!). *
Uniqueness? *Personally I thought this was very important, which is why I attempted to go down the custom guitar route (JJ Hucke). *But when I came back into the Ibanez fold (forgive me Father for I have sinned....) I avoided the Jem series because I felt THEY were a bit too high profile!! *Of course this could be due to the circles I move in! *I'd never seen a J-Custom until a few weeks ago but I've seen LOTS of Jems around which is part of what promted me to go for the JC.
So, if as I expect, all the other factors are taken for granted (build quality, tone and materials etc)the one defining parameter for me is the LOOK of the beast! *
How shallow am I?