Is it really worth paying $2,000 for a guitar?
Especially when you can buy guitars on par or almost as good for a grand or so less?
'Cause, man, I really want to get an Ibanez JEM. I'm 17, junior in high school, working at McDonald's, making about $115 a week (we get paid every other week, so it's about a $230 paycheck), and since I just got the job, I can finally start buying better equipment. I've been playing guitar for about a year, but only really got into it after my girl left me in April. >_>
And since then I've learned a lot, submerged myself into theory, the music of Vai and Satch and Petrucci and loads of other great guitarists, etc. I can play Always With Me Always With You by Joe Satriani, I'm pretty proud of that.
But anyway, with my first paycheck I bought a Roland MicroCube (a portable amp like that will not only replace my half-functional Fender Frontman 25R, but it's got more practical applications) a couple days ago off of Musician's Friend, just waiting for that to come in, now.
I'm going to buy a DigiTech GNX4 and larger amp of some kind (not sure which, but I was thinking a Peavey JSX 212 Combo; expensive, but worth it; we'll see when the reviews start rolling in, and if I can get my hands on one before I leap in and buy it - HOWEVER, since there's a time issue mentioned later in the post, I'm just going to pick up a Roland Cube 60) but before both of those, I need to get a new guitar. First and foremost is the guitar. I have a Fender Telecaster, but it doesn't have the hardware to handle my style of playing.
So, I've been looking around. It looks like the Jackson DKMG or the ESP MH-400, probably the latter, is the guitar to get. Of course, that's assuming I don't go for the JEM, or a JS1000, or even an Ibanez S470DX, which I've heard nothing but good things about, and it's in the price range of the Jackson and the ESP.
Thing is, I'm serious about playing guitar, and it's something I want to do and really get into. I'm self-taught so far (but I can read sheet music, I have a good understanding of how chords are constructed, I know my Circle of Fifths, the modes and how to apply them, etc.), but a guitar teacher I talked to last year might be coming back to give lessons if he has enough people to take them. He'll probably be back, and I'll definitely be taking lessons with him. He's good, and he knows what he's talking about.
But like I was saying, if I have to pay $2,000 for an Ibanez JEM, or even a Jackson USA Soloist, I would. I have no problems with that. But are the guitars really worth that much money?
There's a talent show at my school in late December, and I'd love to be prepared for it. Knowing I'll be ordering all my things off the internet through Musician's Friend, ******** or *******.com, I have to allow time for delivery, which should be only 2-5 days as it says (we'll see... I've heard some people say they didn't get their stuff for a full month, eek).
DigiTech GNX4 = $500.
Roland Cube 60 = $345
2070 - 845 = 1225. Oh, plus my paycheck this week, which is bigger than normal 'cause I'm working more hours 'cause it's the summer, so...
TOTAL CASH: $1550 (educated estimate).
That means I can spend that much on a guitar. Birthday money from my dad, which he's giving me in a few days, will up that to hopefully at least $1650. I could come up with the other $500 or so for a JEM or USA Soloist.
But yeah, that's my situation. So what do you guys think I should buy for a guitar? The reason why this little talent show holds a bit of importance is 'cause my ex-girlfriend and I, we were very close and everything, she talked about kids and marriage and all that, I thought it was great, blah blah blah, then she left me for *no reason*, etc. etc., and she's a senior, so this is the last time she will probably see me play guitar. I'm a junior, like I said earlier. So yeah. I'm just going to play a sad kinda song (part of it is a melody that I wrote for her a while back, and she knows it, and it'd make her cry, so... yeah; the guy she left me for went off to college 200 miles away and they never see each other, so you can imagine how faithful he's being) over a progression, but I do want it to be good, y'know? I don't want the girl back, after everything that happened after, but this little talent show (I've never performed in front of people before, well, not musically anyway, I play basketball) will mean a lot to me and, at the end, more to her.
It's all about what guitar to get with the money I got. Sorry for adding a bit of personal crap in here, but I'm only trying to stress the time and money issues at hand. Thanks for reading, and I appreciate any posts and comments.
P.S.: I've since moved on from that girl, though it took me a couple months. Summer = separation from her, and it helped phenomenally, as you can imagine.