If you put it that way, sure, but mostly what I saw in this thread was speculation about what brands he'd realistically wind up with, not 'dream scenarios'. No doubt there was a few posts like that though. Even so, if it was all a joke I think you're allowed some exaggeration. We all know this forum can get carried away sometimes. However, I can't be the only one who's had conversations with guitar friends about artist X moving to brand Y. It's a pretty standard thing, honestly, and I feel if this was a thread about Clapton or Eric Johnson instead of Jeff Loomis, there wouldn't be that same stigma. Because it helps a lot when you picture the conversation between two old dudes swapping stories over beers vs. pimply-faced shred guitar nerds hunched over their keyboards. In that sense I think it's easy to belittle the 'instagram likes' thing because social media is an easy target; it's not the kind of stuff I talk about because I only have a languishing Facebook account as far as social media go, but if I was talking with a friend and I had that info, I would probably bring it up. I don't really see the big deal, to be honest. It's part of the world we live in, even if many of us (including myself, more times than I care to admit) distance ourselves from it to seem easy-going and cool. I'm not at all caught up with that new-fangled 'kid crap' all the narcissists cling to! Nope, definitely not! Meanwhile, if this was 2004 and I'd read in Guitar World that Loomis had 'dug the Jackson stuff at NAMM', I'd be speculative as fuck Yep, it seemed to me Wes had a list of all the features he liked in different guitars and combined them into one. The guy is a killer player. One of the best up-and-comers. He also has great taste in guitars so far as I can tell. So I'm not sure whether he didn't get enough direction from Schecter or what, but that sig seemed more like a personal 'hall of fame of guitar specs' than a cohesive design. I think he's better off with Ibanez anyway.