Oooohhhh yah! plain and simple. even to the satin finish which i prefer. my only concession would be a nice sunburst.
the guilds have what they call 'ice-tea burst' & i really love looking at them, but otherwise; simpler is best to me.
To inlay or not to inlay, I really don't care one way or anopther, I would never buy a acoustic because of the inlay. But then I wouldn't pass on a great guitar either because it had to much inlay.
So we shall not worry about such things my good man, just that your cousins on the other side of the pond, some care and some don't, the nakeder the better but thats just the way I roll in the mornings.Ship
I'm Dutch and I'm a minimalist too...
Green abolone inlays on rosewood or mahogony are perfect, in that they're so understated that you could even miss them entirely :)
OTOH a nicely inlaid neck can look stunning, as long as it's not too flashy.
Take this one for example (and take into account the terrible artwork Ibanez website artists produce, every single Ibanez guitar looks far better in reality than on the pictures): http://www.ibanez.co.jp/products/ag_page09.php?data_id=14&color... (I've seen it, played it, passed it by for a Tanglewood. It's good, but a bit lacking in the lows for my taste).
Similarly, this one: http://www.ibanez.co.jp/products/ag_page09.php?area_id=3&data_i... (never played it, but others who have say it's very nice).
Heck, no!! Not all of us are enamoured with MOP and inlays that look like a truckdriver's belt buckle. Case in point: my plain ol' D-15 as seen in my avatar. My only concession to cosmetics is the ebony bridge pins. Less is truly more!