Apart from failing on the topic, you are not at all correct. It's not the best musicians who make it. It's all about the people you know. If a compressor makes it more fun to play music, then a compressor is the right thing for him.
I'm never failing on a topic if I think somebody is taking a wrong path and I try to show him a better path, failing would be replying to what people ask no matter if their questions are valid or not, this is a forum(you know what forum is right? A place to exchange ideas and not only reply to the topic).
Where did I say something about "the best musicians"?
These days producers have to deal with crap musicians and throw to people what they think it could make money. In the 80's and 90's there were all kinds of music, from Pet Shop Boys to Dream Theater, these days guitarists don't even know how to make solos, they only know some pentatonic boxes but they can't make great melodic solos with them because they don't practice, music is not in their fingers.
To a compressor makes it more fun to play FIRST people need to learn how to play/make music, my point is before caring about pedals or anything, people should spend their money with a good teacher or at least buying good books or classes on the net and not buying all kinds of gear..........for nothing.
So my advice is ONCE you have some music theory and can play/make music,you start playing with effects and not the opposite, this way YOU WON'T NEED TO SEARCH FOR A "SECRET WEAPON" cause they don't exist. Music theory and your talent are the best "secret weapon"
Originally Posted by Vintage_freak_forever
You forgot to tell us about the great sound of mesa and processors You don't need them if we believe you, sell them all and star practicing with any crap!
In case you don't know probably the majority starts with crap gear like some pedals and a crap digital amp. It's not all parents who spend money with expensive gear because they don't know if their kids would still be interested in playing guitar next year.
I started plugging my crap brazilian acoustic guitar to my dad' stereo, only after I learned harmony theory, chord progressions and some scales I bought that first zoom 9002 and a mono earphone(yep mono because my parents didn't want to spend money in something I could change my mind and move to chess as an example) . Some of my students had poor parents and had only a crap "never in tune" brazilian guitar. It took years till they could be able to buy something better.
AGAIN my point is before spending money and time with gear, learn how to play/make music then buy whatever you want to have fun. A compressor or any gear is NEVER a secret weapon if music is not in your fingers, I don't know how could you guys could be against my advice, being against my advice is like being against people learning music and that's weird, I'd never tell to somebody to search for secret weapons, my deal is share my experience and tell them to practice.
BUT if they need a secret weapon because tone is more important than music, well there are a million pedals(gear) out ther to buy, I hope their bank accounts are better than mine