Does the color, shape, or other cosmetic quality of your guitar influence the way you play it? Something I never thought about before I had so many guitars. I acquired them in inverse relation to their professional use. I gigged for 30+ years with just one or two guitars on hand, but I noticed a few years ago that certain guitars evoke certain feelings and responses from me. These are the guitars most likely to be in my hand: I have a bunch of Les Pauls but this one is a good example of the guitar I'm likely to take to the blues gig. I play this one all out, getting all of the gut punching bass and midrange and sizzling highs into every lead. When I get a call for a gig from my salsa singer friend, this is my weapon of choice. It is clear and bright, the fingerboard is just a little more comfortable for some nice chords and it looks good with my black formal or white linen suit. It also goes to most of my smooth jazz gigs. The fact is, the look makes me want to wail like Gene Vincent, so I purposely am restrained when playing other forms like jazz or pop and look like a much better guitarist than I really am. My SG faded Special is the axe I carry to "show off" my melodic skills. The 490 pick ups do it all and the neck and fretboard are intuitive to me. I am pretty much unrestrained when playing this one. All this brings me to my newest guitar: I love this guitar's warmth and clarity. I find myself stopping in the middle of a passage just to listen to the perfection of the note or chord I'm playing. My son noted that he has never heard me play so many 1950s hit parade tunes as I have in the last few days. I have played some Zeppelin and Jeff Beck on it, but I think this one one is more of a Wes Montgomery style axe. Do you have guitars that influence your style by their looks?