I am on many social media groups and like many of you, I get a lot of good information from them. However, more and more I see members that belittle the questions of newbies and even those just trying to participate. Many questions are slammed by other members such as “what strings should I use”, “floating or not”, “which gauge of picks do you use”, etc… So many “guitar snob wannabes” will find these as a waste of time and comment rudely or post a sarcastic gif.
I have been playing for 37 years and find myself fascinated by what others would consider “dumb” questions. We all know that it ultimately comes down to preference but even if someone asks a question that has been asked a million times, they deserve the respect of EVERYONE who calls themselves a group member.
After many years of playing and not questioning much, such as string type, what effects to use and such, I started to ask these questions as well. Perhaps being a seasoned player, these questions should have been asked decades ago. But, because I asked them, I found answers. When I began playing I did not even consider tone, amps, strings and effects that much. I considered wanting to be able to ROCK and that was all. After decades of playing I still felt like I knew jack$#!t about guitar so I started researching these things. I found people blown away that I could play for so long and not consider these factors as very important. I asked a lot of questions and got a lot of questions answered. This made me dig deeper and deeper with every new reveal. Soon I had revamped my tone, changed the guitar I prefer, bought my first tube amp (and will never go back) and became somewhat of the guitar player I have wanted to be since high school, although I have a long way to go. Was it the change in equipment that got me there. No, it was the confidence gained in understanding new things and expanding my knowledge of guitar by interactions with other players. To those who embraced my desire to grow…THANK YOU. To those who tried to make me feel like I asked a stupid question, I don’t have high opinion of what you know because you may be guitar gurus but you don’t understand that serving others and kindness will always be more important.
A group member is a group member whether it be family, friends, co-workers or those of similar interests. If one is irritated by questions that are asked over and over then you have two options: 1. Grow up. Either do not respond or respond with the intent to assist or 2. “GTF” out of the group because we need positive interactions (especially in this self-serving, arrogant planet we have developed through the lie that “others are not more important than me” attitude). There is only one reason to interact with others in life. That is to serve them. (No I am not a religious person but do believe in good, evil and Karma).
Partscasterpats.com was developed in the hope that it could bring love of Partscaster guitars to many. I will never consider a question dumb and would share opinions and/or find answers for any question asked, whether I know the answer immediately or have to get back to you.
Please feel free to comment or email me with any questions you may have. You are welcome here and on my facebook page
My favorite Guitar – 1987 Fender American Strat, heavily modified (of course, hence Partscaster Pats)
Strings – Stringjoy Balanced Lights 10,13.5, 17, 26, 36 and 48 (the best damn strings I have ever played)
And I use Jim Dunlop 1mm Nylon Picks