Poll: Does what a musican plays influence you?
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View poll results: Does what a musican plays influence you?
Yes - better instrument shows they know more/are better musicians
15 9%
No - skill/sound matter, not what they're playing on
58 37%
I don't like pretentious musicans that try to buy their skill
13 8%
No influence - I like good musicians and intrument is secondary
72 46%
Voters: 158.
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#1
When you see someone playing an instrument - guitar, bass, whatever - does WHAT they play influence your OPINION of their playing? (positive or negative?)

If you're watching a band on TV and they're playing top of the line models vs something you're not even sure of, or a fender vs gibson or dean or lakland or rik - does it influence you to like or dislike them?

Does 'brand' (or model) matter to you as a listener or fan?
#4
nicer gear looks good for live shows and you could say it looks more professional but its not something to judge their musicianship by
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#5
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Basically if it's not a squier, an Ibanez, or a B.C. Rich you're aight with me.

I play an Ibanez

It's not a typical Ibanez though, it isn't even a metal guitar.
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#6
I judge them on their skill. If they can play well then they can play well. A higher quality instrument will sound nicer, but I don't make it a prerequisite.
#7
doesn't affect me

A good song is a good song, regardless

unless It's pop in which case it's terrible until nobody can hear me singing along which doesn't happen
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#10
It does not matter a bit what brand a musician is playing. I play both my Fender CS strat and a Squier Classic Vibe live, would people consider me a better musician if they saw me playing only the CS strat? I doubt it. Focus on the actual music, not the gear the player has.
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#11
I have a severe disliking for your typical ibanez, bc rich or zakk wylde guitar. anything else, I'm chill with it
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#13
I'm asking partly out of curiosity of course.
And over the years I have a friend that LOVES martin- all other acoustics are secondary. So ANYONE that plays a martin is 'more knowledgeable' and therefore a better musician.

I see a LOT of fender bass in bands yet in forums while fender is indeed popular it's not overwhelmingly so.

Reading about bands many keep their good instruments at home, record with something different than they play most with, use cheap stuff on the road.

If a teen has a rik or $1800 signature strat or $1500 am you can be sure daddy bought it for him. Does that make you watch him more to see how good he really is?

Do you have any thoughts on players that use few if any pedals vs ones that use a ton of pedals?
#15
dont play metal anymore, still play my crappy ibanez

come at me bro
#16
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dont play metal anymore, still play my crappy ibanez

come at me bro

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#17
What does the instrument matter if the guy playing it is a joke. Seasick Steve plays instruments made of junk that he has created himself? He still gets a really nice sound. Does that make him bad? Because he doesn't play a 60's Fender or a 40's acoustic Gibson? I think that makes him even more awesome
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#18
I don't care too much about the gear if it isn't absolute crap. I used to give people bonus points for using unique guitars (I was so happy when I saw people using Ovation Vipers or Fender Jazzmasters loaded with EMG's in metal) until I figured out that simply using a Les Paul or a Strat for what they were famous for is actually pretty satisfying. Nowadays I jam along with Sabbath tunes on a Gibson SG. How's that for being original.
#19
i dont care
what does annoy me is when shitty player use crappy gear and then say they dont need good gear to sound good and then they sound like ass


btw i use a prestige ibanez
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#20
If someone told me they play guitar, and then they say they have a Squire and a Spider then yes I admit I would be predisposed to think they are a noob, but if I heard them play through that gear and they were incredible then no the gear would not make me think less of the performance.
#21
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Basically if it's not a squier, an Ibanez, or a B.C. Rich you're aight with me.


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#23
i only judge if they're playing a guitar that is trying too hard to look metal (i.e. really just BC Rich)
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#24
It matters somewhat because the guitar they chose to buy often outwardly projects the guitarist's influences.

And generally speaking, more experienced musicians are willing to make greater investments in their hobby. So generally people who are good players often buy better guitars and amps. That isn't always true, since quite a few people just have a shitton of money to burn, but it is true for most people. Which is why I put yes in the poll.
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#25
Quote by JackWhiteIsButts
Basically if it's not a squier, an Ibanez, or a B.C. Rich you're aight with me.


you have obviously never played a good squier ibanez or bc rich
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#26
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you have obviously never played a good squier ibanez or bc rich

And you have never seen a unicorn before, what's your point?
#28
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And you have never seen a unicorn before, what's your point?


my point is the unicorn's horn obviously
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#29
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my point is the unicorn's horn obviously

Is that some sort of euphemism? Are you guys coming on to me? Keep your "horns" to yourself.
#30
It won't make me think less of them, if that's what you're asking. Also, what do you mean by "buy skill"?

EDIT: Actually, having thought about it, there are a few exceptions. When people spend hundreds of units of currency on overpriced gear that doesn't make any difference (tone-improving power cables n shit) then I judge them. It's their money and they can do what they want, but I still get the impression that they're easily fooled by marketting.
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#31
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Is that some sort of euphemism? Are you guys coming on to me? Keep your "horns" to yourself.


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lol that's pretty gay
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#33
I play a squier through a behringer owned brand amp
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I hit 'em and they stay down
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#34
Quote by cha33 armstrong
I play a squier through a behringer owned brand amp


you're not alright with RU then
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#36
I don't judge artists on how expensive their gear is, I judge them on whether they're using brands that I like. And even then, I don't really look down on anyone for it, I'm just a little disappointed that an artist I like doesn't like the same gear as I do.
#37
Quote by cha33 armstrong
I play a squier through a behringer owned brand amp



Im sorry.
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#38
Only a Gibson is good enough.

Nah but really, while I might initally think someone with nicer gear is going to be a better player, that's obviously not going to be an indication.
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