What makes your guitar great? Color, finish, pickups, tuners? Maybe, but most likely not. Great guitars are held by players who really appreciate the parts that add up to quality. This is true however there is a catch. The great guitars are the ones that contain the qualities desired by the player holding the guitar. Huh? What do I mean by that?
What makes great guitars… great?
Simply this. Every player has different ideas on what makes his guitar great. It is very personal. Some players need certain parts to make them feel comfortable using the instrument. For example, a player may need a good tremolo so he can demonstrate his particular techniques. Still others may gravitate to a particular guitar because it has the “action” he desires. Action is defined as the proximity of the strings to the top of the frets. The lower the strings, the closer the action and ease of play is more evident.
My guitar is better ….
Players will often compare their guitar to another and usually say-my guitar is better. Then they’ll list all of the qualities that make it so. What they’re really saying is, “There are qualities in my guitar that I have not found in any other guitar. I am sticking with this guitar until I find another one that plays just like it”. Got it. Keep looking or go to a custom shop.
What is a custom guitar shop?
It’s a place where great guitars a made, adjusted, tapered, tailored and finished to your specs. So, a guitar player has two choices. He can stand in one place and watch as all the guitars slowly go past in his lifetime trying each one until the “ideal” next guitar floats by. The other choice is to ask for what he needs. Since he already has his perfect guitar in hand then all that’s necessary is to duplicate it’s most important and prized qualities. Yes, that’s right a custom shop can measure, extract, compare, duplicate and set up a guitar exactly like the one you play.
Do you have an emergency guitar on hand?
If not, why not? Do you have great guitars or just one? Don’t you have an extra pair of shoes? A spare tire? Do you have spare guitar picks? Strings? Why not a spare guitar in case of emergency? You may want to think about it. Taking a second guitar to a gig is not just a good idea but a necessity in most cases. Think about having your most prized tool-duplicated for emergency purposes. It’s great to have a spare! Get one! Fast!