If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you probably know that I have a reputation as a gear snob. I’m ok with it, but it’s not 100% about being a snob.
If I’m being honest, I’m probably only an intermediate level guitar player, but I try to buy expert level gear. I barely qualify as being able to play keys, but I’m eyeing a new professional level Roland keyboard. So why invest in equipment beyond my skill level?
A few reasons actually:
1. I know what I want — I put a lot of effort into researching equipment long before I make a purchase. I don’t want to have to replace it. I want it to sound good. Professional equipment offers me the peace of mind that those things will happen.
2. I know I’ll grow into it — I’ve picked up a number of instruments over the years. I know that I have the discipline to stick with an instrument and to develop my craft. That being the case, its kinda like self-fulfilling prophecy – I’m going to be good enough to play at an expert level, I might as well buy it now.
3. The quality of your gear will affect how you sound — I was once told that just because you play quality equipment, it doesn’t make you sound good. You have to have the talent to back it up. BUT. I firmly believe that even if you’re a talented musician, if your gear sounds like crap, you won’t sound good either.
4. Also, I’m a gear snob.