Sorry that i haven't posted a blog in so long, (even though no one is reading them!) but this time iv'e decided to write about why we buy the same old brands, you see, there are literraly thousnads of companies thatmake a guitar that is perfect for you at your price point, yet instead you'll buy that fender in the window "It might not be oerfect for me, but it''ll do" you say and i'm struggling to work out why, surely you would try every guitar within your'e price range to see which one you prefer, not just try one a buy it and if you didn't find the perfect guitar, keep going to another shop until you do. Surely the internet would help though? No, No it Doesn't, the internet is so awash with information that you'lle find it hard to find any new brands, and even if you did, you wouldn't be able to know if you like them before playing them in a shop. But I think I know the reason why we don't deviate from the "traditional" brands and why so few new brands make it to the mainstream, it's because of something I mentioned in one of my earlier blogs, it's because we guitarists are creatures of habit, we like certain guitars and tend not to stray away from certain brands, and when we are in the market for a new guitar, we play models by that company and decide which one we like the best then buy it, all thats stoping new companies from emerging is brand loyalty.
Because most guitar stores only carry name brands, and not some obscure guitar made in a workshop in Southern California.
And tbh, I'd rather have a five-year warranty than going halfway across the States, looking for a 'perfect guitar'. The perfect guitar is a myth. You might find a guitar that plays alot better than one, then another guy comes in, and decides he likes the other one more. It's all subjective. Different people have different tastes.
You say that different people have differnet tastes, so surely there are perfect guitars for some people then and i don't mean trek across a country, look at all the guitars you can within a reasonable area and there are many shops prepared to stock small brands.
Because as a rule of thumb, brand name guitars (PRS, Gibson, Fender, ESP) generally are easier to research, as well as having a known standard. If I were to buy off-brand guitar from some guy in a town guitar store, it would be hard to maintain in good condition, have limited to no warranty, and probably made of undesireable woods. It is really a matter of support behind the guitar, which new guitar building companies just dont seem to offer. If I were to find an off-brand with good tech support and identifyable wood (for a respectable price of course) I would buy it probably 70% of the time if it played well.