I have been like many and bought from the common companies in the past like Fender, Gibson, and Ibanez. I do like some more uncommon makes, too. I like everything from punk to classic rock to bebop. Pretty much these days I steer away from the Flying Vs, Explorers, and B.C. Rich models with a lot of sharp points. The guitar that veers from the rest is the Ibanez because it has high gain pickups and a double locking trem so it tends to favor the metal crowd but even with such a trem I wouldn't dive bomb all day long. As for bases, the Takamine is limited in how far I can turn it up but I don't plan on high volume playing anymore these days. So I consider all of these viable, as different as they all are from one another and I haven't decided if my next should be a guitar or bass. I do need the bass more though.