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Re: how far should one go?
6/2/2005 3:00 PM
James Walczak (4510) wrote:
"Most guitars over $1,200 are the professional goods"
I disagree with your statment. I could be wrong here, but your statement implies that you have to spend that much money for a "professional" instrument and you don't! While guitars -over- $1200 are usually indeed "professional", that doesn't mean that you have to spend that much to get a good professional guitar! Look at the Fender Highway 1's...they go for around $630 bucks (Musician's Friend price) and are -definatly- professional guitars! Even the Fender Standard MIM Strats for around $350 and with a little work (like better pup's) are excellant instruments...I should know, I own one! LOL! Then of course there are brands like Schector, Hammer, Kramer, Epiphone and many others that all make good "profesional" instruments for well under $1000. Further, again using that Gibson '57 "Black Beauty" as an example, that guitar is no more "professional" at $3500 then a Schector C-1 Classic is for $700! There -is- a point in pricing where your simply paying for a "name" and while that name may indeed be professional, it doesn't mean that others aren't!
Then of course you have the acoustics...my Seagull S-6 is simply one of the best sounding acoustics I've ever played and I would take it in a heartbeat over any Martin or Taylor that I've ever touched. These S-6's have a retail price of around $550 (last time I checked at least) and I would most definatly consider this instrument to be "professional"!
If you play "professionaly" and the instrument you use does it's job, then it's a professional instrument regardless of whether it cost $500 or $5000! -IF- you can afford those kind of bucks for a guitar and thats what gets your rocks off, then thats the way to go, but there are -many- good professional guitars out there for well under $1000 :-)