Musicians need quality music equipment. If you sacrifice quality, you’ll inhibit your playing ability. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to learn guitar on a cheap guitar that you can hardly press the strings down on. We encourage people to spend a little more if they can because their instruments will last a long, long time and I’m sure they don’t want to sacrifice their playing ability for a little bit of cash.
I remember when I first started playing guitar. My parents graciously gave me a Dalelectro guitar on my 16th birthday. My loving parents were not musicians and didn’t know anything about musical instruments. Bless their hearts, they did a great thing that I’ll be thankful for the rest of my life, but that guitar… that guitar was horrible. The strings were so far away from the neck my fingers would ache. I had to build up huge callouses in order to play the darn thing!
When I got my first Gibson Les Paul, wow! It played like silk. My fingers flew all over that fret board. Yes, there was a world of difference playing music on my brand new Les Paul compared with that old stiff Danelectro. The sound the Les Paul produced was so much better as well. I couldn’t believe it. I finally had a great musical instrument that I would cherish until I smashed it on a stage! Just kidding, I couldn’t do such a thing to a beautiful instrument like that.
There are more musical instruments than you can shake a drum stick at. Here’s a list by category for you to explore: list of musical instruments. Read through the list and see if you can find one or two that intrigue you the most. Then go buy one of them and take some lessons. See how it goes. I’m saying this to you musicians who already know an instrument or two as well! Pick up another one! The more instruments you learn, the more music you are able to express.