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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-11-2020, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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Guitars are doing well!

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/08/s...er-gibson.html

I see this as a good thing. The main thing I remember about the 2008-2009 Financial Crisis was most of the brick and mortar music stores going out of business. A decent online presence seemed to be the deciding factor between staying in business or not. 2020 has been the type of year in which I would not have suspected guitar sales to break records. We can add it to “the list of unsuspected events of 2020.”

What are your thoughts regarding the last two sentences?

“In other words, you could argue that the guitar god is dead. You could also argue that the guitar gods did their job.”
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-12-2020, 04:22 AM
 
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Even dead guitar gods can still shift a lot of product. Just ask Jimi. 🙂

I don't know whether guitar was ever over.. But it certainly has a lot more competition than in the 1970s..

Yet it's also more accessible than ever before..

So I think there is cause for optimism.
Especially with things like more girls playing than used to be the case.
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The web with all the online tabs and music has been very cool during the pandemic. I've been staying home learning all those songs I never got around to learning before.
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Even dead guitar gods can still shift a lot of product. Just ask Jimi. 🙂

I don't know whether guitar was ever over.. But it certainly has a lot more competition than in the 1970s..

Yet it's also more accessible than ever before..

So I think there is cause for optimism.
Especially with things like more girls playing than used to be the case.
“I would never have predicted that we would be looking at having a record year,” said Andy Mooney, the chief executive of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, the Los Angeles-based guitar giant that has equipped Rock & Roll Hall of Famers since Buddy Holly strapped on a 1954 sunburst Fender Stratocaster back in the tail-fin 1950s.

“We’ve broken so many records,” Mr. Mooney said. “It will be the biggest year of sales volume in Fender history, record days of double-digit growth, e-commerce sales and beginner gear sales. I never would have thought we would be where we are today if you asked me back in March.” - NY Times


A record year could mean many things. However, I assume money is never far away in which case FMIC had estimated sales at $718,000,000 in 2019. That number is an estimate but an informed estimate. Assuming they got close, met, or exceeded their estimate, that is a lot of money. For 2020 to be a record year, that suggests they made a similar amount in sales. Many companies were unable to come anywhere near similar results, unfortunately.

But on the guitar front, there is certainly cause for optimism! We do not get to say that very often. The government declared businesses "essential" and "non-essential." Music stores were "non-essential." The people rose up and decided otherwise...and ordered gear online just like we have been doing for the past 15- 20 years.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-18-2020, 03:17 AM
 
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And think of all the sweet deals to be had on 2nd hand pedals when many lose interest in the next few years!

More seriously I hope we beat this virus and the resurgence in people playing translates into a live music resurgence too.. I really miss going to and playing at gigs. And as the weather worsens socially distanced neighborhood acoustic jams get harder to arrange.
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And think of all the sweet deals to be had on 2nd hand pedals when many lose interest in the next few years!

More seriously I hope we beat this virus and the resurgence in people playing translates into a live music resurgence too.. I really miss going to and playing at gigs. And as the weather worsens socially distanced neighborhood acoustic jams get harder to arrange.
I hope we beat this virus too. I think live music will experience a resurgence but I think it will be different than it was before. Live music will need to be "worth it" from the perspective of the musicians and the perspective of the audience. "Worth it" means you want to be there.
In economics, there is a concept called "option value." It measures the value of having the option to do something, to go somewhere, etc. or not. The "option" to hear live music was taken away, which has never really happened before, but it will come back. Losing something and then getting it back usually causes people to appreciate and value that thing more. So, I think the demand for live music will be strong. People may not realize it until they hear it though.

I'm jealous you can have socially distanced neighborhood acoustic jams.
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The web with all the online tabs and music has been very cool during the pandemic. I've been staying home learning all those songs I never got around to learning before.
Having a guitar made out of "alloy" doesn't make you remarkable. Even if you do claim it's the first one. Regardless, the axe is only an ugly rip-off of the Ibanez Universe. Both the headstock shape and neck inlays are stolen from the UV model. So the guitar isn't really that original either. "Be individual as can be" indeed! And what kind of numnut makes a guitar out of solid metal anyway - except one who's looking to induce scoliosis.
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