posted on Sep, 6 2016 @ 08:30 AM
a reply to: charlyv
I disagree as a guitar/keyboard instructor. I would agree that one should buy the best THEY CAN AFFORD at the time..not THE best. Yes, quality is
everything...BUT...Ive had students who just took up the guitar on a whim or to play one song...then they drop out or lose interest.
No sense buying a $2500 Gibson Les Paul from the Custom Shop or Special Edition Fender Strat...when a crap Fender Squire (real cheap and basically
looks good, plays questionably)...or an Epiphone Les Paul..would do.
The music store I took lessons at hired me at 19 to teach guitar and had at a point 50+ students-all styles Kiss to Django Reinhardt to the Beatles to
Les Paul/Mary Ford. I would tell them to get the best average instrument...as long as the neck is straight, and has a truss rod to adjust it if it
To suggest a starting drummer buy a $5000 set day one is just foolish. And when I would buy a guitar...I NEVER...EVER plugged the darn thing in. Why
not? Because I was one of those nutty kids who would strip everything as soon as I got it home...even cars...and customize it my way.
A long as the frets were level and the neck straight or at least adjustable...I was good. My current main guitar is an America Custom Shop Sunburst
Fender Strat. I have a 69 Gretsch Country Gentleman, a 73 Les Paul Custom(pulled the pickup covers off the humbuckings and replaced one with a
Dimarzio humbucker for heavy sounds in neck position)...and still have more acoustics, collectables, keyboards Roland JX-3P, to an old Fender Rhoades
to Korgs to Yamahas and Kurziweils.
All that being said...buy the best you can afford. Step it up when you can, get nothing at S.R. Price...wait for the sales...and hit places like
Guitar Centers or Sam Ash for advice.
There are zillions of people out there who sunk big bucks into name instruments because they thought its what to do...and they quit soon
afterwards...and those great instruments ended up in a closet..
Buy the best functioning instrument you can afford...based on your current level and where you expect it to take you
: in a band, recording
studio, the bedroom...