Today I decided I was going to go and check out some studio monitor speakers at the local music store. And of course while I was there “just look” and maybe test out some electric guitars.
I’ve told myself no new guitars until 2023 so this is somewhat like a person on a diet walking into a donut shop just to “view” the new flavours.
As I was walking around drooling at the Gretsches, Gibsons and Fenders, this other guy walked past me, grabbed a guitar, sat down and started playing this amazing chord melody tune. Have no idea what it was but to me it sounded like pro level playing. He was doing it so casually.
I decided not to pick up any of the guitars… just went and had a play on an electronic drum kit (they are awesome) and decided not to buy any speakers.
As I was walking out with nothing in my hands, a staff member asked if I needed any help, and apologised for not getting to me earlier (they were all occupied with other customers, no problem for me).
I just said “I’m good thanks, I was looking at guitars but decided I need to practice some more before getting another one!”.
A lucky escape there @jkahn. Not likely to happen that way again.
I’m on the hunt too for some monitors atm, to both save my ears, and to get more of a ‘room feel’ for what I’m playing. Lots of options I’ve found. Just lookin for something entry level, not too pricey, but decent. KRK Rokit, Presonus, Alesis Elevate have made my list so far. The Yamahas seems great, but I can’t justify ( or afford) spending that much on a first purchase. Anyway more research and learning to do yet.
I’m unsure on monitors as well. Not really sure what I need. Looking at the JBL104BT, KRK Classic 5 & JBL LSR305. All have good reviews (except the 104BTs aren’t even on low volume apparently, which is a bummer), all different price points, and I debate to myself whether I even need them at all.
Something else to use for mixing, plus playing through.
Have moved away from using an amp recently , as I"m finding the computer/ amp sim route provides much more tonal variety, plus it puts all my playing/ practicing/ mixing/ teaching tools all in one place.
Monitors seem to tick all those boxes.
I like to say I’ve replaced my GAS with GPS - guitar playing syndrome. And it does a lot more for my ability than GAS ever did and I do remember using GAS to fool myself that it was the guitar that was the reason I didn’t sound that good.
I love the drums. I played in my late teens, I had lessons and everything but as with everything I did when I was younger it was all put aside for women and drink. It was actually more drink as the women weren’t actually interested.