Quality guitars are cheap compared to most other types of instruments. Try finding a good sousaphone or bassoon. Guitarists like to talk, and I’ve found that one of the rules of human behavior is that once you start talking, it’s only a matter of seconds before whining about money becomes the topic.
Ooh, had to go there. I don't need to check it out. Senior at Baylor and a high school senior on the way to college. College costs are completely off the rails. Thank goodness for some scholarships.
The daughter of a woman I work with took up bassoon. She needed a better bassoon when she went to college and it cost $10,000.Quality guitars are cheap compared to most other types of instruments. Try finding a good sousaphone or bassoon. Guitarists like to talk, and I’ve found that one of the rules of human behavior is that once you start talking, it’s only a matter of seconds before whining about money becomes the topic.
I was looking as a bassoon once. The price was an obvious deterrent. Not even remotely possible.To the point of brass and woodwind instruments...1000%! If hobby guitar players spent any time at all checking new and used prices of those instruments alone, many would have a stroke.
I'll say this, most hobby guitarist just want to own the "good stuff" for as little money as possible. Semi pro & pro players just deal and get what they need to do the job. Watch any rig rundown if you need proof.
The moaning on and on among the internet guitar community about gear prices is soooooooooo f'n lame. It's a FACT that pricing for the big two (Fender USA & Gibson) have pretty much stayed the same for nearly 70 years!
Sorry, just had to rant...sometimes the negativity when it comes to pricing for guitars compaired to other instruments (cellos, trumpets, harps, piano, etc) just gets under my skin.
Sadly, I can only like this once. You nailed it!Accounting for inflation, stuff doesn’t really cost any more now than it ever did. It hasn’t really gone up. It looks like it has though, because pay has stayed so stagnant. I got $100 a man or better for bar gigs back 30 years ago. Guess what I’m still getting paid for bar gigs?
In 1993, I was two years out of high school. I could hold a part time minimum wage job in a retail shop or restaurant, say 30-35 hours a week, and gig on the weekends.
With that money I was able to rent an apartment. It wasn’t fancy, but it wasn’t scary or gross. It was a decent place to live. I was able to buy a decent and dependable used car, keep it insured, and keep it on the road. I could keep some food and beer in my fridge, clothe myself, buy a pack of smokes a day, and still afford the occasional guitar or amp, and to take my girl out for some fun fairly regularly. I wasn’t getting ahead. Nothing was going to savings, and I had no health coverage. But I was twenty years old and didn’t care. The point is, at 30-35 hours a week at minimum wage, and weekend bar gigs, I could live like a pretty regular guy.
In 2022, that would be utterly and completely impossible. I don’t even want to think about where or how I’d be living while gigging for a living if it weren’t for my wife and her career.