I was looking at the classified on the Jemsite here. And I started thinking and wondering. There was a day, oh, it started back in high school I suppose. When I believed pretty much what other people said about guitars and amps. So I'd pass that information on to other unsuspecting dupes like myself. I didn't have alot of experience with different guitars and amps when I was a mere teen. And I sorta lived in the country so there was no Guitar Center ANYwhere. And of course there was no internet then, so no forums or sharing of audio files to compare tones of different gear with fellow rockers like you very cool guys across the globe. What an amazing time we live in. There wasn't digital recording. If you were way cool, you had a 1/2 inch reel to real 8 track. But most of us bedroom hacks were lucky just to get our hands on a Fostex or Tascam 4 track cassette recorder for home recording. And of course no direct recording then either.
Anyways, where was I? Oh yeah. Much of what I believed about gear was all by word of mouth, and usually from guys that didn't own pieces of gear they said stunk. I was, and still am a bit of a sucker for rockstar endorsements. I still buy GHS Boomers because Brad Gillis from Night Ranger used them, and I had to buy Boogie gear for years. I had the Vai Legacy, the Jem, the Satch JS1000, the DS-1, the Bad Horsie, Little Alligator etc. All because my favorite players had them. And now I got my sights on an AT-300. *sucker*
So I don't know if I'm maturing, becoming a better player, or just don't care what other people think anymore of my gear. But I was mere moments away from buying not just a Squire tele the other day, but an Affinity Squire! I think thats like the under-squire. But it sounded and played just fine to me. And a little sticker removal and no one has to know. Truth is. No one cares other than other players. And if you're playing a Squire Affinity and taking cares of biz on the stage, heck, you look all the more cool. One reason I wont play a Jem on stage. There just might be that one guitar player in the audience that knows what a Jem is, and expects you to lay down some major chops, mistake free of course. And if you don't then you suck. But get up there with a Squire (or equivalent) and play well, and it's darn cool.
I'm not opposed to spending money on a "fine" guitar of the highest quality. But for years I have been overlooking ALOT of very playable guitars, for no good reason, other than some stupid misconception that they were junk. I'm rather sad about it now actually. Does it REALLY matter that the guitar isn't J-Custom quality? Not really. Especially since alot of guys that spent that kind of money on theire guitar don't gig with them. You may have seen my post that I'm looking for an RG-Paint. When I find a mint one, I'll probably spend a couple grand on it if I need to. Just because I really want one collector, and that's on the top of my list.
Does anyone other than me have a misconception about Cort guitars, Or Samick? Ricky Garcia is tearin it up on Corts I believe. And I saw a guy last week blow me away with a Samick hollow body electric.
I guess I'm going though this whole "speech" to get to this point. You younger guys may be overlooking great gear. I'm not sure about todays perception of Crates with younger guys. But I grew up with Crate being junk amps. I own a little 15 watt Crate RFX15, I plug it into my 2x12 and it rips and shreds. I was at GC and they had a Crate 30W tube combo, it sounded great. But I would have walked right by it years ago with out even giving it a demo.
Am I the only one that has overlooked guitars and gear based on what others told me, only to find out.....they were idiots?
By the way, the JSX is the only amp you should ever buy!!
But to hear the JSX in action, and not just a biased remark: