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Old 02-20-2017, 03:23 PM
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Default "Insulted" by a "professional musician."

I was at an event with a live band recently, they sounded really good. Acoustic guitar, bass, drums, and an electric guitarist/fiddle player.

During one of the breaks, I saw the acoustic guitarist and said, "You've got a great acoustic tone, are you using anything special?"

He said, "Yeah--I'm using a chorus pedal. That and I'm using an expensive guitar. It's a $1,500 guitar instead of the $300 guitars I used to use. I'm a professional working musician, and professional working musicians only have one guitar, not like all those guys who have a room full of guitars and never play any gigs."

He looks and me and says, "You've probably got five guitars at home, don't you?"

"Well, just four actually..."

"That's what I figured" he added as he walked off.

Nice meeting you, too.
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Old 02-20-2017, 03:28 PM
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What a jerk!

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Old 02-20-2017, 03:30 PM
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Probably suffering from a hemorrhoidal flare up.
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Old 02-20-2017, 03:30 PM
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I'm a professional working musician, and professional working musicians only have one guitar.
Yeah, one guitar with one monthly payment.
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Old 02-20-2017, 03:32 PM
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I get the guy's point, but what a jerk-face.
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Old 02-20-2017, 03:32 PM
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I hope you're not upset with this clown. He obviously has no regard for the people who showed up at the show, and he doesn't appear to know much about guitars either.
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I'm sure he will go far with a classy attitude like that.

I have met musicians that even treat their own bandmates that way, at least for a few weeks. Hopefully he'll play a biker joint one day and speak to someone like that.
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I'd never heard such a blunt version before but the sentiment is definitely out there, mostly among not so talented professional musicians. The truly talented guys and top players are usually very generous and have better things to worry about than stroking their ego by dissing other people.

It's not because you get paid to play live that you're any good -- and it's not because you're a casual guy playing at home that you suck.
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Old 02-20-2017, 03:35 PM
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I hope you're not upset with this clown. He obviously has no regard for the people who showed up at the show, and he doesn't appear to know much about guitars either.

He didn't bother me. My daughter (24) and her boyfriend were both there and they commented to me about it after he left. I'm glad it wasn't just me that noticed.

I think the boyfriend's comment was something along the lines of "Insult other musicians much?"
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I would say that the professionals I can think of have multiple guitars. There is no shame in either approach, having one or several.

It's too bad that happened, too bad the poor guy couldn't accept your compliment with a "thank you."

Nice of you to encourage him.
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It's not because you get paid to play live that you're any good -- and it's not because you're a casual guy playing at home that you suck.
I didn't mention it to the guy, but I'm a casual guy that plays gigs and gets paid to pay live. I also have a nicer guitar than he does (and a couple of cheap ones, too).
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I suppose he's only interested in producing one sound or whatever his pedals can morph his sole guitar into. That's not only arrogance, but it's ignorance. I've been to concerts where very good musicians had at least 3 guitars on stage, each used to produce a different natural sound. I have a professional guitarist friend who has 15 guitars. He brings the one that best suits the music he's playing. They all sound different. Different tonewoods. Different body styles. Different strings. Many are custom guitars. He didn't buy them overnight. He's been playing professionally for over 30 years.
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Probably suffering from a hemorrhoidal flare up.
LOL, now that is funny
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Sounds like he's probably not making anything doing what he's doing and he's got a chip on his shoulder about it. He was probably just waiting with baited breath to drop that line on someone.
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I wouldn't classify a 1500 dollar guitar as expensive. Not really. Now if it was 15000 dollars that would be different.

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