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Saturday, June 07, 2014

Can you love playing even if you're broke?

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Interesting question, eh? (the title of this blog)  Can you love playing even if you're broke, poor, or not blessed with a silver spoon?  ---and the answer is YES!

Sure, sure, plenty of guys are only 'too' eager to tell you that when playing the guitar, you're just a loser if you don't spend THOUSANDS of dollars on top of the line equipment.  ...that you can't play crap if you don't have the best (like THEY do consequently.)  and so on.  And that's all bullshite.

Oh yeah, the 'more' you can afford to invest quite rightly the better you'll normally sound (although that's not always so, to be honest.)  But simply you don't have to mortgage your house, sell the family business, trade your eternal soul for 'mint' state of the art guitars and other equipment to play well, sound good, love, and have FUN playing!

There are several options...  'used' equipment of high caliber...  and good, but LESS pricey choices.  Or, either or a combination of the two.

I cringe when I hear some would-be guitar hero spouting off that ONLY his approved top dollar brand is any good, while your cheapy is pure crap. Obviously he's a snob (among other things,) but besides that, he's talking out of his ass too.  Great, used equipment is out there...pawn shops, guys leaving bands, kids with changing interest, garage sales, etc...  and then there's tons of 'bargain' brands too, many of them name brand but of a bit lower quality than their TOP/Expensive performers.

Do your homework, talk to guys that know...your local guitar pro or a teacher perhaps...  check around.  You can find a good deal and on a nice bit of equipment too.  And don't be a brand snob.  Heck, if you love to play, you'll take and use whatever you can lay hands on to do it with...and NAME be damned.  But that's if you love to play.  Ha!  If you're just trying to impress your buds (locally or on a guitar web site) then those 'lowly' brands perhaps ...just won't do.  lol!

I love to play.  And I'll play whatever I have to play play.

Your mileage may vary.  (wink wink, nudge nudge.) 
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Oliver_White3 wrote on Jun 9th, 2014 6:23am

You can definitely play if you're poor or not so well endowed and still afford decent equipment thanks to brands like Yamaha well under 200 dollars if you want a good quality classical acoustic guitar, and once you get equipment that doesn't sound horrible you can really begin to hone your skills if you try hard enough, I mean Hendrix started off with an old cheap guitar with only two strings on it and he could still make due with that, I would say Jimi Hendrix is an excellent example all around.


Pastafarian96 wrote on Jun 13th, 2014 1:34am

That was said excellently, you should have put this as a user article.


Beowolffa wrote on Jun 14th, 2014 2:37am

Thank you, gentlemen! I thought about putting it up for an article but can you imagine the hue and cry from all the would-be guitar heroes out there that (claim) to have spent ten thousand dollars on their guitars? lol!


Oliver_White3 wrote on Jun 25th, 2014 6:40am

Hey put this up as a user article it's good


tablue wrote on Jan 27th, 2017 7:05pm

Good point here. We always look to trade up, but my best playing days were on my old Fender F-15 and a used Strat I carried in the trunk of a POS Olds 88! I'm reminded of going to the golf course and seeing those guys with $2000 set of woods hit the ball in the water!


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