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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by RPKennedy, Jan 10, 2019.
...do you prefer doing it alone, or with a friend / significant other?
Me. Because I know what I want
Alone. I can't imagine bringing either. I don't see the advantage. Plus they'd be bored.
Solamente tú sabes qué decisión te hará feliz.
I don't have any friends.
Alone. My wife is supportive, extremely so. But I want NO distractions, pressure to "get going" and would constantly be worried she'd be bored.
AFTER the purchase she'll look, "oo and Ahhh!" with me over it. Compliment on how nice it sounds and then ask me if I'll ever be 'done'...LOL!
Bring a friend or fellow musician? NO! Although their input might be valuable, my tastes are my tastes. And if I screw up, theres that 45 day return policy...
I have one non imaginary friend...
Not a muse...
But a constant source of talking to myself subjects..
A pretty good partner...
She hates music stores...
Fortunately here in NoCal n the Reno area
There is a
Total Wine & More...
Adjacent to Guitar Center...
Always down for shop trips with buddies or my family
I go solo a lot too.. but if there is someone around and they want to go, they get invited.
Initially alone, then as I am getting nearer the destination I'll incorporate a second set of ears to confirm or deny my hypothesis.
Sort of doing that now. I've determined that my blackface amps are wasting away here. Love their sound as I do, they're just not getting used. It's time that one, or both, find someplace else, while I acquire something better suited to my living room...
A Magnatone Stereo Twilighter.
But I've never actually heard the Stereo Twilighter. I've played the mono version, and the 10" stereo Panorama. So, before I ask the dealer to order the one I desire, even though I would not be under any obligation, a friend will accompany me to test the waters of the two the dealer does have.
You see, I am not certain that I am not chasing smoke. I am not willing to put a small local company through the effort and expense to satisfy a whim. As my friend is honest to a fault and well acquainted with the parameters, I trust he'll offer an unvarnished opinion.
I like going with a musician buddy... of which I currently have none living close by.
The reason: because no matter how well I am playing at the time, I always feel all judgemental eyes are on me when I plug in at a shop. A buddy buffer helps to calm that feeling.
I do it alone and trust my ears. They haven't failed me yet.
I may mooch in company, but serious gear hunting is done alone. Plausible deniability must be maintained at all times.
Certainly not my wife.
No way! She still believes an amp costs 100$, a pedal 10$ and a strat 80$.
Me , myself , and I .
Out of necessity, I've tried going with kids in tow. I would not recommend doing that! I spent more time time keeping them from touching things than actually trying out gear.
Alone for sure.
One time I went with a buddy to GC and I showed him a Clapton Strat as I had just got one. Wanted him to see how great it was. He hated it and went on and on how a LP / humbucker Guitar is better etc
He went there to try some acoustics out and disliked the lower end Martin I suggested etc and went on about that.
Just different tastes. When I’m at a GC I need to be in my own world
I usually go by myself so nobody is getting bored
Sometimes if Wife and kid go along it's ok because they go play around with keyboards
Alone...the last time, the only time I went with somebody else, 1) I bought a $1300 guitar I was not looking for and 2) I was talked/guilted into buying a GC warranty....ridiculous! Better off alone with a tone in mind.
My wife has been playing bass for 30 years, so if she is with me she does her own thing and we get together at check out time. No stress there.
Nobody wants to go to the guitar store with me. And that is best for all.
If the wife came it would be hard to ask for a “wife receipt” with her there.