#1
any one know of any small guitar, string, ect, companies that sponsor people ? any help would be appreciated
#2
Companies tend not to sponsor bedroom guitarists.

On a more serious note, it really depends on how big you/your band is.

Do you tour? Local? Regional?
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Companies tend not to sponsor bedroom guitarists.

On a more serious note, it really depends on how big you/your band is.

Do you tour? Local? Regional?


Regional
#4
You'd be best off looking for companies that operate in the region you tour, especially those that are actually based in your area.

Basically it follows the logic that a company sponsors you because they want to sell product. A company that only operates in New England doesn't really care about Southern California because they have nothing to gain by sponsoring a band from there. To really pinpoint the companies you want to seek out for some form of sponsorship you have to focus on who is going to benefit from sponsoring you, thus a search for brands that do business in the region you tour.
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#5
You need a press kit, video of you preforming (w/ shots of the crowd), List of all venues/bands you have ever played with, links to your/band website, a bio of you.


Most companies have an artist relations person/department that handles this, if not contact the sales rep.

Be prepared to get turned down a lot. I have only had 2 endorsement deals offered to me (by music companies) and I turned them both down. Tregan Guitars and Preta Guitars. I played PRS at the time and their guitars made BC Rich look beautiful. And I'd rather pay retail for the PRS.

You might find it easier to get sponsored by a clothing, watch, shoe or sunglass company.
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You need a press kit, video of you preforming (w/ shots of the crowd), List of all venues/bands you have ever played with, links to your/band website, a bio of you.


Which is all stuff you need to have anyway. If you aren’t famous you aren’t likely to get much out of an endorsement deal. It makes a lot more sense to spend time practicing and promoting so that a sponsor comes to you.
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Be prepared to get turned down a lot. I have only had 2 endorsement deals offered to me (by music companies) and I turned them both down. Tregan Guitars and Preta Guitars. I played PRS at the time and their guitars made BC Rich look beautiful. And I'd rather pay retail for the PRS.

Tregan I've some familiarity with...but Preta? Ne'erhoiduvm...
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#8
That's saying something right there dannyalcatraz... Ive never ever seen a guitar mentioned on this forum that you didn't know of at least generally...
#9

Oh, they're out there, all right! I find new ones all the time. Then I track them down, read some reviews, look at their guitar porn, bookmark 'em, and continue with the safari...

I know I have at least 300 or so bookmarked, and I just found a nifty resource the other day that will let me add some more to my list.

Some, though, are no longer with us.
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Tregan I've some familiarity with...but Preta? Ne'erhoiduvm...

Yeah Preta was a guy local to me (Daytona Beach) his guitars were crap and overpriced. $2000+ for a guitar that wasn't worth $200.

I knew the owner/founder of Tregan's brother. He approached me after a show, but I'm not down with their guitar shapes. My bass player accepted a small endorsement where he bought 2 Shaman bass guitars that were proto types for $400, they are really nice made/playing/sounding bass guitars. He prefers them to his American P bass
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Morley Bad Horsie 2
MXR Smart Gate
#11
I recently acquired an endorsement through Godin Guitars, they are from Canada. I loved the Seagull Acoustics, and really fancy their some of their electrics. an EPK is important. I'd like to believe that my band has done quite a lot in the industry so far. If you' like I can elaborate on this. I can actually probably find the email i sent them if you'd like.
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#12
Godin has some very nice guitars in their product line- way to go on that endorsement!
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#13
Go for strings, I find that's the most popular thing that people I know personally have endorsements for. I know one guy sponsored by D'Addario and one by Elixir. Neither of them is super famous, but they both tour extensively. I believe Ernie Ball are pretty loose with the endorsements as well. The best part is, strings are something you need a LOT of, so it's a very useful endorsement to have.
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#14
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any one know of any small guitar, string, ect, companies that sponsor people ? any help would be appreciated


Unless you pull 1,000 to a show or have 1,000 subs on youtube, it's hard to get sponsored.


I've been working with another friend of mine on putting together some easy bedroom guitar tech videos and how-to's in hopes of getting discounted stuff from stew-mac.
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The best part is, strings are something you need a LOT of, so it's a very useful endorsement to have.


The point of an endorsement should not be to save you money on gear. It should be to get someone with a lot more money than you to put you in their advertisements and get you featured in the guitar magazines, most which only exist to serve the advertisers. That kind of marketing and PR starts at thousands of dollars per page. When you see Ibanez feature some obscure metal or jazz player in a full page color ad in four magazines for three months in a row that represents tens of thousands of dollars of marketing, which is probably a lot more than the player’s tiny record label is spending. The reason interviews in guitar magazines state exactly what gear the guitarist is using is because those interviews are set up by the advertisers PR agencies. If you get a deal and you’re focusing on free strings, you’re selling yourself short. Put publicity before everything else, only think about gear last.
#16
I also have an agreement with SIT guitar strings and IN Tune Guitar Picks. They were relatively simple.
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#17
That kind of marketing and PR starts at thousands of dollars per page.

Yep!

Depending on the magazine, a single-issue 1/8th page ad can cost as little as a few hundred to more than $1000. A full-page ad that runs several issues will cost the price of a small car.

And that ignores all the costs of professional photography and the work of the art department...
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!