- Nov 26, 2010
- London England
The touring music pros I know, in a variety of genres, don’t fixate on gear as a rule - except maybe once a year when re vamping before the next tour or album.
One thing that shocked me was I had a married couple living next door who were both professional violinist’s.They did Suziki method lessons out of theirs house all day long. She played with the Denver Symphony Orchestra. They played with famous artists who came to town and needed a string section. Real Pro’s. We were hanging out one night and were all “in our cups” and they askEd how many guitars I had. I told her and she laughed and said she only had a couple violins and she was a pro. I asked her what she paid for her main violin and she said that she got a great deal on her’s, she only paid $30,000 for it. She then told me she paid $20,000 for her bow. That’s a whole lot of nice guitars!
Cory Wong was talking about this. He said he doesn't focus on gear because he has already been through the quest and has what he likes for the music he plays.I don’t think actual professional musicians are as fixated as us peons and collectors.... Sure they have their preferences and can be idiosyncratic, but there’s not the “quest” mindset that a lot of us have.
I was thinking about this in the sense most local players are in cover bands which want to cover a wide range of styles/sounds. Same with me the home player & church player. My song selection is all over the place so I'm interested in a wider range of gear.The touring music pros I know, in a variety of genres, don’t fixate on gear as a rule - except maybe once a year when re vamping before the next tour or album.
…dont you see its all relative ,- Did Billie Shakespeare (whoever she really was) need a Profundo #6 quill - pre-1590 only! - and a certain type of paper or he couldn’t get down to business ?
-Did Van Gogh dream about the day he could afford the vintage palette knife he had always lusted after ? Was it fixated in his noggin that only then would he get the results that he was after ?
A million cross-thoughts and permutations suddenly arise even when you turn the spotlight directly back on guitarists and more specifically their obsession with “vintage”.
How much of Joe Bonamassa’s live audience would drop off if he was suddenly only touring with a pink Jackson from the 80’s completely with modern wiggle stick - much like the one Jeff Beck used for a second in the 80’s
Then your brain hops over to Jeff Beck and you realize he was creating his art for a lot of the last 40 years with off the rack equipment.
And for those who pursue other avenues in the arts, are you as obsessive over the equipment used in that endeavor as you are with your musical tools ?
The mind reels…
Disclosure : this thought was burst out of my craggy brain, because I was reading an interview with Joe Henry who is a phenomenal singer songwriter and producer with an extremely poetic but down to earth use of words, and he’s also a vintage nut of many interests but could no doubt create using my Farida (cheap Chinese Gibson LG-2 knockoff) just as easily as one of his old Martins and Gibsons
I don’t think actual professional musicians are as fixated as us peons and collectors........