Guitar Pricing

Along with some thoughts on guitar pricing, below you’ll find out why I think there is such an incredible abundance of positive reviews about almost every guitar I’ve researched online.

Amateur Guitar Reviews
In my short history of guitar purchase research, I have come to believe that most amateur guitar reviews are so positive because often the person writing about the guitar, without realizing it, is actually writing about themselves. This is their guitar, the one they play, the one they chose, the one that makes the sounds that their fingers are inducing. It is a part of their identity and they want/need to feel good about their guitar purchase, so…
they do feel good about it. There is nothing really sinister about this behavior, but it is something I try to keep in mind when looking for information or thoughts about any guitar I might be interested in.

Or it could just be that all guitars made now can be safely categorized somewhere between ‘great’ and ‘magnificent’. :-)

Guitar Prices
The price of a guitar can certainly be one indicator of potential quality, but it seems to me in my early searching that price alone absolutely does not determine the quality of an instrument’s sound or it’s playability. I imagine that in modern guitar factories, newer and more consistent production techniques are making it easier to manufacture low cost guitars that sound and play as good or even better than more expensive guitars in some cases.

I get the impression that supply and demand, and careful image management with some guitar brands, are substantial components in the determination of price. Brands known for outputting high quality guitars may indeed be outputting high quality guitars, but it seems obvious that the prices are not merely based on the expense of materials, labor, manufacturing and development costs. I know some woods cost more than others, but we are not talking about bars of gold here.

The Guitar Search Continues
But what do I know?
I don’t even own a guitar as I write this, and I am admittedly leaning towards buying my first guitar online based on price and the greater selection options.

In an ideal world, as most serious guitarists suggest, I am sure we should all be playing extensively with the guitars we are considering buying before we buy them. Though our brains would still be subject to the influence of perceived value according to price and the reputation of the name on the headstock, we would still have a better chance of picking a guitar that has a tone that suits us.

I intend to continue reading and absorbing what I can from other people’s perceptions as I continue my search, but as I’ve mentioned before, I soon hope to become accomplished enough that I would not even consider buying a guitar that I have not yet played.