Just because you feel regret for purchasing what you consider to be a lesser guitar first, does not mean that is the case for everyone else. I buy guitars with which I fall in love, not for their appearance and/or price. Of course looks are the first thing that draws someone to a particular guitar. But if that guitar doesn't speak to you, it doesn't matter how it looks. Some of my guitars I got lucky, and found ones which not only spoke to me, but were also of the appearance which I liked best. But it never comes down solely to appearance with me. I must love the tone and playability, or I will not buy. I regret none of my guitar purchases.