23 thoughts on “It's Not the Guitar That Matters – It's YOU!”

  1. Sooo true. I buy new stuff ONLY when I face certain limitations with the existing. I really needed a new guitar because I needed 2 & 4 pickup positions, I needed a more powerful whammy bar and I needed a flatter radius fretboard. So I bought one.

  2. Having a fancy, expensive instrument in and of itself may not magically make you a better player, but the thing I noticed is your instrument needs to allow you to play at your best. I have 2 Alvarez acoustics (6 and 12 str) Both have been with me for a long time but the 6 string has an incredibly narrow neck which is VERY difficult to manage. I won't be happy until I can afford a Taylor.

  3. It all in the fingers and how hard you are willing to work. Any great player will immediately be able to be recognized even on a piece of crap.

  4. Couldn't agree more. The crappie guitars played by the blues legends of the thirties were often bargain basement catalogue things. You give a mediocre player a 59 Les Paul or a high end PRS and it won't improve a thing. It's a bit like a fat guy buying expensive training shoes in the hope they will make you thinner or fitter. Sadly they won't. You've got to put the work in

  5. I bought a $1200 Fender Jazz Master (65 reissue) because I wanted a guitar that I did to have find parts for or wrestle with. I love the neck, I love the way it plays, sounds fantastic. I also like my self built strat w teisco pickups that feedback like crazy. I have an early 80s ovation acoustic which I play all the time, but my favorite acoustic was a $50 pawn shop Harmony Sovereign (until I dropped it). Everything just sounds different and plays different, depends in what you want and how you roll.

  6. In Peking back in ‘83 a country music prize winner lent me his (I recall) 1946 D 28. Just tuning it was an education in sound. I would kill for that instrument and I know I’ll never have one so am forced to accept the premise herein.

  7. What's the best exercise? The one that you do. You do it because you enjoy it more (or hate it less) than all the others. Which is the best reverb pedal for the job at hand? To me, the answer is obvious. It's the one you have… unless you've been at it long enough to have saved enough money for a second pedal. Then you have a choice. No matter what you have, no matter what you wish you had, just make your music using what you have. Please don't ever let the lack or want of something stop you. I remember the days of banging on pots, pans, and cardboard boxes passing for percussion. (Yes, I'm old enough to be pre-drum machine and unable to buy an acoustic set.) It made for an interesting sound, to say the very least. But music was made with whatever was at hand.

  8. I like how you show us that even with the first instrument we ever bought, we can create infinite things! I own a Yamaha C30M, a hundred dollars classical guitar. I still use it in my small compositions…too bad I still don't have a microphone to record it properly, I'm using the PC built-in microphone at the moment, but despite that, I don't know if it's me, the position of the guitar while recording or what, but I always liked the way the sound would come out and get recorded. Many did like that too and I'm happy for this, because makes me feel like I can make it! I can make music! You with your ambient stuff are one of my inspirations, songs like In Heaven it's always Autumn make me think about ways to create sounds, sequences of chords and make them uplifting, happy or joyful, as I would always like to do! So thank you very much for your music and the many many many advices you always like to give us

  9. I bought an ibanez dread at a GC xmas sale about 10 years ago for $79. It sounds a little muddy but it plays better than almost any other acoustic i have ever tried, and i have never touched the truss rod. i'm keeping it forever, it's that good. (yes i have a much more expensive taylor for that taylor detail and brightness)
    Idea for a challenge: Make a tune using the lowest budget gear you own. I would use the $79 acoustic, a $129 zoom MS70 in a mixer effects loop and a junk AKG mic i found for free (looks like a shure SM57 style dynamic as far as i can tell, probably 40+yrs old). #AmbientLife [sunglasses go here]

  10. Kids back in the 50s/60s,even 70s-like me- would have killed to get a hold of something as good as that Pacifica.as my luthier tells me;'we are living in the golden age of cheap high quality guitars'.I just got a Harley Benton Cabronita with Flit-tron type pups. Love it to bits. If it plays in tune and sounds good….what the hey !

  11. Great point but an important sidenote is that your instrument has to feel nice to play, you need to want to pick it up without second thoughts, price is irrelevant but if it´s a struggle to play and/or doesn´t prodcuce an enjoyable sound then you need to look around for something else.

  12. I have been thinking the same thing, it's not about having expensive quality instruments, it's about expressing quality music and that comes down to getting in tune with our hearts. The most beautiful moments in life are moments when we are expressing our joy and soul, not when we are seeking it. When we are joyous by our own nature, when we don’t have to do anything to be happy, then the very dimension of our life, the very way we perceive, experience our life and and express ourselves in the world will change.

  13. Totally understand what you're saying, however, when you have better gear and a better sound as a result, I personally feel that it inspires you to try harder and play better.

  14. I was having this discussion on a Ambient Guitar FB group just the other day.
    This guy was showing his board and apologising for it not having all the same gear that everybody else has. I tried to convince him that his board was fine and to concentrate more on his playing but it fell on deaf ears.

    Saying that, if I could just upgrade to a Baritone… I just know I could play really great music! haha

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