#1
i currently play an ibanez RG with a Fender frontman 65 watt amp. they were both around $300 dollar. i never really put any thought into any better gear, even though i have heard people say how important a really good amp and a really good guitar are. but then the other day, while my teacher went to the bathroom, he let me play his thousand dollar "wolfgang" eddie van halen guitar through his 300 dollar distortion pedal into his 600 dollar amp, and i sounded alot i better playing then i ever had! i sounded better than i thought i was. is better gear really that essential to having a great sound?
#2
having great sound? yes.

being a good guitar player? no.


if you are good though, you should get good gear to get the most out of your playing, especially in a gigging/recording situation
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#3
Quote by FightinIrishPJ
having great sound? yes.

being a good guitar player? no.


if you are good though, you should get good gear to get the most out of your playing, especially in a gigging/recording situation

This is the best and only reliable answer to this question/debate. 100% accurate, and very well put.
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#4
the fact of the matter is, having better gear can motivate you more, but obviously wont make you a better player. and yes, you should keep on saving for a new amp, i wouldnt get a new guitar first unless you were REALLY unsatisfied with it
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#5
It will make you "sound" better. but Sounding better doesn't equate to playing better necessarily.

While, I'm willing to bet that this wolfgang played alot nicer, and made playing easier than it is on your RG, it doesn't make as much a difference in your playing.

That said, I do reccomend purchasing some quality gear if you plan to do this as more than just a hobby.
#6
so then what we be more important to get? a better am? a better guitar? or a quality distortion pedal?
#8
no doubt its the amp
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#9
Get a better amp, then a better guitar, then look at pedals.

Unless you play some kind of wierd alternative or post rock, in which case pedals come before guitar.
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#10
Quote by FightinIrishPJ
having great sound? yes.

being a good guitar player? no.


if you are good though, you should get good gear to get the most out of your playing, especially in a gigging/recording situation

Very well put, but there's one slight flaw.

Better gear allows you to have a better sound, which will allow you to play more freely and focus on the playing instead of how ****ty your sound is. I noticed a big jump in my skill with my regular practice regimen (at the time lol) once I got my Edwards, same thing with my Randall.
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Quote by Shinozoku
Very well put, but there's one slight flaw.

Better gear allows you to have a better sound, which will allow you to play more freely and focus on the playing instead of how ****ty your sound is. I noticed a big jump in my skill with my regular practice regimen (at the time lol) once I got my Edwards, same thing with my Randall.


This is what happened when I finally got a tube amp a few years ago. I hardly practiced because my MG hurt my ears. Now I'm playing atleast 6 hours a day because I just love my tone so much. My playing's skyrocketed with the increased motiviation to practice. And I don't have people running away from me because my tone hurts them with its ****tiness. But like you said, it got me away from tweaking my Marshall to try to get a decent tone to just being able to play.
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