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Old 01-20-2020, 10:43 PM
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The focus of this thread is -- does it matter what guitar you're playing?

You're kidding, right?
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Old 01-20-2020, 10:47 PM
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The focus of this thread is -- does it matter what guitar you're playing?

You're kidding, right?
The focus of the thread is expressed in the OP, which is the observation that there's "too much emphasis on the guitar" and not the player.

I wouldn't expect that to fly very far around these parts.
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Old 01-20-2020, 10:55 PM
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The focus of the thread is expressed in the OP, which is the observation that there's "too much emphasis on the guitar" and not the player.

I wouldn't expect that to fly very far around these parts.
Good point, of course. The gear focus does get ridiculous.

But some guitars just feel better under your fingers.
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Old 01-20-2020, 11:07 PM
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So what if you have a less exspensive guitar -theirs too much hype about what a guitar costs or what its made of. What really matter is how does it sound when you play it . Its the musician not the guitar - i think we put to much emphasis on a guitar and not on what it can do -or what can someone do with it --

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I agree.

And we put too much hype on what woman to marry. Just about any girl will do really.
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Old 01-20-2020, 11:29 PM
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I agree.

And we put too much hype on what woman to marry. Just about any girl will do really.
For marriage? I agree.

Love is different, we actually have no choice.
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Old 01-21-2020, 06:29 AM
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Countless epic recordings we all love have been made on marginal, even primitive gear. Technology and manufacturing have advanced to where a well-chosen guitar might be very playable, sturdy and nice sounding - all for just a few hundred bucks. A plus-side there is if some knuckle dragger drops it or wears some buckle rash into the back, you're not stuck with a tragically flawed instrument that broke your budget - and your heart.
Yep. Jimi Hendrix played one of those Horrible CBS-era Strats.

And who knows what the old Blues guys on Folkways were playing.
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Old 01-21-2020, 07:31 AM
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The focus of the thread is expressed in the OP, which is the observation that there's "too much emphasis on the guitar" and not the player.

I wouldn't expect that to fly very far around these parts.
This is another imaginary dichotomy. You can be a great player with a so-so guitar or a great player with a great guitar. I don't think it's curious that great players with some money choose a great guitar.

This is a guitar forum. If you need help with your technique just ask, but don't imagine that negates players interest in fine instruments.
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Does it really matter what guitar you have?
Yes, it matters.
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This is another imaginary dichotomy. You can be a great player with a so-so guitar or a great player with a great guitar. I don't think it's curious that great players with some money choose a great guitar.

This is a guitar forum. If you need help with your technique just ask, but don't imagine that negates players interest in fine instruments.
Of all the groups I have encountered throughout my life, musicians seem to cling to many imaginary/false dichotomies. I also chuckle at the idea that it's better to have one great sound than 2-3 lesser tones, as if owning a guitar with multiple awesome tones is impossible.
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Old 01-21-2020, 11:36 AM
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So, the bright side is that we should all take the time and post clips or discuss clips in Show and Tell.

Sometimes I feel sorry for guys who think guitars don't matter. I'm fortunate to own guitars that feel like an extension of my soul. A few of my guitars seem to write their own songs.
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The guitar matters. I'm on a never ending quest for this one.

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Old 01-21-2020, 12:09 PM
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I disagree. I agree that price doesn't matter. But sound and playabilty is very important to me. If I paid $5000 for one guitar and $500 for another one and I liked the feel and sound of the $500 one best, I would play it instead of the $5000 one. I used the think you got more for your money but I don't believe that anymore. Sure you can get more exotic woods or more bling with the more money you spend but I have come to realize that sound and playability is all that really matters most to me. I am more happy about how little I pay for something than how much I paid. But if it costs $5000 to get the guitar that pleases me the most then I would do that if I could afford it.
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Old 01-21-2020, 12:45 PM
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It absolutely matters to me what guitar I'm playing.

And I don't believe even a great player can make a "bad" guitar sound good. This is, I understand, sort of tricky, because really fine music can and has been played on inexpensive, flimsy guitars without sustain and rich harmonics. But I think these guitars do sound good for much music, and what we generally think of as guitars that sound wonderful, say Froggy Bottoms, won't sound good with the same music because it won't sound right. But music that will sound good on Froggys won't sound just as good with a crummy guitar, no matter who plays it. This has been my experience as an audience member at more than a few concerts.
And on the other side of that coin, no matter how great your guitar is, it will not make a bad player sound good.

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Old 01-21-2020, 01:11 PM
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It matters if the neck feels great to you, so you can move around the frets effortlessly.

It matters if it sounds wonderful to you, if that inspires you to play more, and better.

It matters if it costs a lot of money, because then you have to worry about it more.
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Old 01-21-2020, 01:25 PM
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I still agree with Tommy Emmanuel and the OP.

Player over gear.
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