Unfortunately, so true. But the store in Louisville KY called Moms Music is incredibly successful despite a GC down the road. And they sell high end stuff, custom shop Strats and LPs They had a ‘68 D35 for sale recently. But they are the exception though.Most current mom and pop stores only sell low end Chinese made crap these days. In most of these stores it is like walking into the music store equivalent of 5Below.
What I’d like to know is, has anyone bought a guitar, pedal, pickups or amp based off a YouTube review and it actually sounds like the review?
A lot of that 1hr is also a plug for their online personality - fueling addiction to camera time.Don't get me started. They are the worst. I mean seriously? A one hour plus video for a freakin' overdrive pedal?
I get bored with them after the first minute. Plus, the cork sniffery is at times, unbearable
Broad brush there’s. Not all are paid. YMMVfine point, but it's also worth remembering
all these youtube peeps are paid to compel me buy the stuff they "review".
these hooligans are but promoters, at least the majority of them that come up at the top of the search.
i tested it recently by trying to find a critical review of one of my pedals... no such thing. perfect product, i guess...
Yes, all the time. This notion that Youtube is so drastically altering sound that anything you hear is useless is BS. The notion that you have never used the gear thay are using is too. Are they all influencers and often paid? Sure they are are. But guys like Pete Thorn and RG Ronqillo are professional players too and have reputations to maintain that they earn a living off of. If I like what I hear from their videos, I can take it to the bank I will like it in my hands. I am no where near their talent level either which throws out the whole they make everything sound good argument too.What I’d like to know is, has anyone bought a guitar, pedal, pickups or amp based off a YouTube review and it actually sounds like the review?
Like the OP says, it goes through so many chains of processors before you’re even hearing it. I bet it sounds good to the person doing the demo. Probably sounds so different if he listens to what we’re hearing at the other end. So it’s kind of pointless to me to buy something based off a YouTube demo.
The internet was a killer because they did not adapt. Running a successful business is constantly adapting to the market. A place like Andertons is a great example of a Mom and Pop that did that. They built a very strong eCommerce option. They built a strong online marketing presence through Youtube and other social media and appear to be thriving. The shops that just sat behind the counter and prayed people would come in were going to fail regardlessAnd we really never did have that.
You could try a Fender and a Gibson, but in the time of the Mom & Pop, we didn't have 100 different pedal makers.
We had Boss, Ross, MXR, Dunlop, DOD, EH, Ibanez/Maxon, and in the 80s, Aria came in. Outside of those, there were a few who made only a couple of more unique products like Morely and Dallas/Arbiter, but nearly every store stocked nearly every one of these lines.
The internet has been a killer for the independent shop, but it has been a boom to independent builders, who can eliminate the whole distributor/dealer network logistics nightmare and just sell direct, keeping sales as a moderate level, while keeping overhead and production costs down.
At least you usually got an opinion on what the reviewer thought. Although I never saw any reviewer totally trash a product, just nicely explain how it might be the right product for someone other than what they play or like.About as useful as magazine reviews were back in the 1970s...