It seems most guitar and bass enthusiasts lean either towards "vintage style" instruments or "metal style" instruments. Obviously, there are exceptions to any rule, but most of the time, it seems to be one or the other.
So which do you prefer? Strats, Les Pauls, Jaguars, Ibanez Jet Kings.... anything that might be played by a classic rock, blues or retro throw-back band would fit into the "vintage" category. Jacksons, ESPs, B.C. Rich, or anything that has the potential to gouge an eye out would fit into the "metal" category.