Re: Dumbest thing a guitarist has ever said to you?
You all are going to love this one. Short as I can with a background story.
I just started playing again last year. I started playing, however, back when I was like 12 or 13...somethng like that. So it's not like I'm stupid or anything when it comes to guitars. Even done plenty to mine over the years.
Ok, so, there's this guy at work that just started playing again after about 20 years of not picking it up. He's got a Les Paul custom that he thinks is just the ultimate, best guitar in the world - nothing's better than his.
So I take mine to jam with him and his drummer friend for the first time. The strings were literally about 10 years old or so on mine. I get there and try to tune up but it's not happening. There just isn't anymore stretch left in the strings, so the trem would bend up every time I tried to retune. Luckily that day they had a spare Squire they're were borrowing from a neighbor to try out that I played. Apparently though, my guitar left a bad test in my friends mouth - trems are bad.
We're at another friend of his house jamming and the guy has his door open because it's literally 50 degrees outside, so yes it's cold inside. I've got to pull out my screwdriver to adjust the spring-claw in the back or else I won't get mine in tune. My friend goes, "Why don't you just get rid of that piece of $h!t...", talking about my '90 570, "...and get something like mine. Mine never goes out of tune and it doesn't care what temperature it is. I just open up the case and play."
Now, I'm an engineer, fairly educated, as well as he, and he just told me that temperature doesn't effect his guitar what so ever. I told him the last time I checked temperature still effected wood and metal (they both shrink as the temperature drops obviously), at least here on Earth, but maybe on Planet Rick (cause his name is Rick) the laws of physics don't apply and your made by God himself Gibson Les Paul is always perfectly intune and ready to play. So then I tell him, "Since that's the case, obviously, why do you carry around that tuner of yours, always pulling it out to check your tuning? Doesn't God take care of all that?" Then I go, "By the way, you might want to ask God if he borrowed your guitar without asking and left a look-a-like in it's place because the intonation is out on that piece of $h!t!"
Needless to say that was the last time I jammed with him. I can't stand arrogant phucks like that. He used to be in a band back in the day - "used to be". It's no wonder now why he isn't any more. When it comes to playing music this guy is a complete dick. We always jammed playing stuff he made up, which is more classic rock or bad jazz sounding. Everytime I tried to do something I had come up with he'd just fumble around on the neck and eventually start playing something he wanted.
I try to be nice though. Try to give him some theory guidance on music and such, exercises to do while practicing, but he doesn't want any part of it. He just wants to play the same chords and try and solo the same way. It sounds like a bad Dragonforce jazz guitar album. "Scales, modes, theory..blah...who needs 'em. I just play and it sounds great."