For those of you with particularly severe cases of G.A.S. I decided I should offer some more advice, if last week’s post wasn’t enough.
Most of the unwise purchases I have made over the years were a result of me overestimating my equipment needs. If you are just starting to learn guitar or if you primarily play for fun at home in your office or bedroom then you don’t need to buy Marshall half-stacks that take up half the room nor do you need rows and rows of guitars just in case you break a string on your main axe. Angus Young needs those things when he is touring with AC/DC. You don’t need those things for when you come home from work or school to practice your scales or chords.
IT IS NOT THE GEAR THAT MAKES THE PLAYER SOUND GOOD, IT IS SIMPLY THE PLAYER
The story goes that Ozzy Osbourne was having auditions to find his new lead guitarist. This small guy walks in with a tiny practice amp. He plugs that little amp into the wall and proceeds to play some riffs to warm up. Ozzy hears this guy and gives him the job on the spot. That guy was Randy Rhoads, the phenomenal guitar player you can hear melting faces on “Crazy Train.” No matter how big or expensive an amplifier or guitar is, the gear will never make up for a lack of skill. A good guitar player will sound good on just about anything. Don’t get fixated on the flashing lights, instead practice, practice, and practice. That is what will truly make you sound good.
For many musicians the battle against G.A.S. is an on-going one. I hope this advice–as well as a healthy diet and regular exercise–will give you some strength in the struggle against this “illness.”