Okay, so the members here all seem to have nice collections of guitars. I don't. It may be because I'm a minor, but it may not be, as I also frequent Ultimate-Guitar's forums, which are filled with teenagers, and they all seem to have at least 3 guitars, or at least 1 nice one. I was a bit irked by that, but seeing y'all's (damn, I had to use that word. It screams southern. Why can't English have a pronoun that is an equivalent to the German "ihr"?) collecions, full of Prestiges, and J-Customs, and USA Customs, and JEMs, and limited editions just made me wonder how you can afford that. I have an Epiphone G-310, which goes for $250, but when I purchased it, it was $200, and that's it. I have an acoustic that's in the basement, as it's practically unplayable, so I don't count it. I'd love an RGT220H, but there's not a chance in hell I can get one. I can't even afford an RG1570. My parents don't give me an allowance, and they won't let me get a job. However, they expect me to buy all my gear for myself. I wouldn't be bitching about it if my parents would give me some cash. But they don't. The only time I ever have ANY money is during the spring and summer, when I get $10 a week to mow my very large and hilly lawn. My dad used to pay me $20, but then he cut the price for no apparent reason. And don't think I'm poor. I'm not. My dad just hogs all of our money to himself, and buys new gadgets almost weekly. If I had 1 nice guitar, just 1, I wouldn't be writing this rant. But here I am, an intermediate-advanced guitarist, stuck with beginner gear. I can't join bands at my school because my parents won't give me a big enough amp to gig with, and even if I had a big enough amp, I'd be embarassed to go up on stage with a student model guitar. I mean, are you guys all just yuppies who can afford all of that?
No, I ain't no yuppie, and my dad never bought me anything I needed in life. My mother has bought me a few cheap instruments, the best thing being an RG550 that was purchased in 1987 after my grandmother died and left a small amount of money. That guitar is long gone, but I currently own a second-hand RG3120 that has crazy fret rattle and a battered RG750 that has no electronics. I don't have an amp, either, I play it acoustically. I had to save for a long time for the 3120, and I can't afford to have it set up.
Not all of us are rich. Not all of us have 3,000 guitars. But I'll tell you something -- I bet I can play as well, if not better, than anyone on this forum. One good thing -- playing on crappy instruments pushes you to improve. Once you get a decent instrument, you'll probably be better than some spoilt brat who gets anything he/she wants and lives life the easy way.