Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by 70' s Tone, Sep 20, 2018.
I appreciate your post. We do have it incredibly good here in the USA.
What is the right gauge? Asking for a friend...
I've had very good experience - for many years - with the EXL110. Gauges 10-13-17-26-36-46.
Ever see how they package food in the "supermarkets" of many foreign countries?
We're spoiled, alright.
when the internet started, it was deemed tax free to order things online. This was to urge people to get into the internet, but im afraid it worked TOO well. Now everyone does everything through a screen. the deals should be in person since we are using gas to get there. doesnt make sense anymore for internet sales to be tax free.
Here's inks to SUPRO and EPIPHONE, too!
Add to those factors the quality of gear across the board. Budget gear today matches stuff that cost a LOT more a decade or two ago.
Shopping is incredibly easy, the selection is enormous, the value for the dollar available is plain old jarring when you think about it, and the overall quality, range and power of gear is just amazing.
The internet that use is not tax free. where do I sign up for that?
Heck yeah spoiled.
So many quality, affordable guitars, amps, pedals, and options available nowadays. You have so much free information and advice. Networking is so much easier.
Outside of the paralysis of possibilities and a few component/material issues, everything today is way better than it was 20 years ago!
I think certain states have to pay taxes now.
Do I pay tax on Internet purchases?
States will be able to charge sales tax on online purchases thanks to the Supreme Court. In a five-to-four decision issued today, the Supreme Court ruled that states can make online businesses collect sales taxes — even if they don't have a physical presence in that state.Jun 21, 2018
NOTE: I belive it will take online companies time to do this.
But when they do...
No...we are entitled.
Obviously the worldwide reach of the internet has given us access to instruments and other gear we never had prior. In that sense, I guess we're spoiled, and I can't complain. Even with a fair amount of touring and visits to music stores all over the country I can find stuff on the internet I've never seen in person. OTOH, I was doing this long before the internet and I have to admit I never felt like I couldn't find what I wanted back then. Even though the number of instruments available was a very tiny fraction of what you can find today, plenty of great guitars were within reach. And buying was a much more personalized experience. In 1970, I traded in my Acoustic 150 amp for an Ampeg V4 stack at a local shop. The owner went to the club I was playing (several SoCal cities over from his store), picked up my old amp, and set my new one up on the stage. Get UPS to do that.
I live across the street from a music store. They have the strings I like. Whenever it is time to get more strings I go there.
I rarely buy things online. But recently I did twice. I ordered some KT66 power tubes for my Reeves Custom 30 amplifier. And my mother in law gave me a $50 Amazon gift card. I ordered Repository Of Scales And Melodic Patterns by Yusef Lateef and a two record set by Earth- The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull.
Are we spoiled?
When I read about players who:
- demand that the fretboard on their Les Paul be milled off and replaced with a slab of wood and mother of pearl inlays they own that they feel are better than factory,
-want it done within a week by a top notch busy guitar repair/mod shop who would need to skip their Les Paul to the front of the line,
-find it inexcusable should it take more than a week, and
- cast aspersions and insults at those skilled craftspeople doing the work when it isn't promised soon enough to their liking,
then yeah, I'd say we're extremely spoiled.
I worked hard for my ridiculous amount of gear. That said, we are spoiled with instant gratification.
Compared to the variety and craftsmanship of affordable instruments when I was growing up today is mind-boggling.
Living in Canada means I have the web access to look at all the goodies, but don't buy much since most of the big online companies either don't ship here or charge a small fortune. That's ok, I still prefer to try out gear in person when possible (especially guitars and amps).