I have a hard time understanding my habit of choosing an axe that's kind of challenging for me. The 2 smoothest playing guitars I've ever owned - PRS Ted McCarty and fgn Strat - didn't last 3 months in my stable. Yet they played like a dream where what I was hearing in my head would seamlessly translate to the fretboard. And the guitars I replaced them with are harder for me to play. In the case of the McCarty it went in favor of a Strat with a V neck which is a lot more awkward for me than the Flatter Ted McCarty. The fgn went in favor of an ESP eclipse with giant railroad tie frets which I can get stuck on when sliding up or down the neck and end up on the wrong note. The frets are so big and deep they kind hurt my hand. Yet for some reason I feel I need an instrument that represents some playing challenge. W e I r d I know but I also don't think im alone.