2006-02-18 17:53:21 UTC
Well troops, I finally got to play live with my newest acquisition. My
"Riff" Rickenbacker 330 copy, and I have to tell you...it's one of the
nicest guitars I've ever played. And I've played a TON!! (literally!) My
old lead player had a mid 70's Les Paul Goldtop with ORIGINAL P.A.F.'s
installed (he got the pickups at a garage sale for $10...lucky bastard!!)
I've also owned and played multiple Gibson SG's, Fender Strats, Tele's etc.
My CURRENT arsenal consists of a Cort Matt "Guitar" Murphy signature model,
a Washburn HB-30 (335 copy), an Austin Tele copy with Texas Specials, and
the aforementioned Riff.
Now there are some out there that will scoff at my collection, and say
something to the effect of "Well, you don't have a Gibson/Fender/PRS, so
your collection are nothing but junk". To those nay-sayers, I say.....with
all due respect...."Bite Me!!" I've come to the conclusion that it doesn't
matter WHAT name is on the headstock. A good guitar is a good guitar, and a
P.O.S. is a P.O.S.-regardless of country of origin, or label on the box!!
I've played the high-priced models, and some of the entry level axes, and
have found diamonds in ALL categories...as well as instruments that would be
better used for kindling!
The biggest problem I see, is that people automatically dismiss any guitar
without one of the "Big 3" name brands, just because it's not a "branded"
guitar. Ask yourself one question..."Did I give the off-brand guitar a fair
shot and play it with an open mind, or did I dislike it even before I played
it?" If you're honest with yourself, then you might try to give that
Ibanez, Washburn, Cort, ESP another try and this time..REALLY try it out.
You might be surprised. And like the big brands, try SEVERAL of the same
model. You'll find junky ones as well as decent ones in the mix....just
like the Big 3!
It reminds me of the days, not to long ago when people wouldn't look TWICE
at a Toyota, simply because it wasn't an "American" car......now the biggest
seller every year is the Camry. What changed? Did the American buyer
decide that cheaper was better? Perhaps the cars have improved to the point
where they're worth the money? Maybe their American counterparts have
declined in quality enough to have made the playing field level? What makes
you think the same hasn't happened in the guitar industry? Samick has been
making guitars for decades, and at last look...they made more than any other
company. Why? And why does the "Big 3" USE Samick to make their "cheap
line" guitars? Is it because they might actually be DECENT??
Don't get me wrong....I still love the sound of a Strat through a Fender
tube amp, and a Les Paul played through a Marshall just kicks a$$. My lead
player uses a Strat and a Hot Rod Deluxe, and has a REALLY decent sound.
Funny thing though....I play MY guitars through my solid-state (trans-tube)
Peavey, and he comments on how nice MY guitars sound. Go figure.......
If you've read this far...I applaud you. My point, if there IS one in the
disjointed ramblings above, is don't write off ANY guitar, just because of
the name on it. You will be surprised at what's out there if you keep an
open mind. And for those of you who disagree, it's your right...and I
support that. But to anyone who INSULTS my collection based on the names
alone, I say THIS...."Pretend I'm a Candle, and it's your birthday!!"
*************Puts on asbestos boxers and awaits the flames*************
"Every day I think to myself, 'People couldn't POSSIBLY get any more
Every day, I'm proven HORRIBLY wrong!!"