Does gear matter?

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I travel to Thomann in Treppendorf, Germany to find out if gear matters at Gearhead University Peace,Adam

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Of course gear matters simply for the fact that gear can inspire people. If your inspired to play and practice, the quality of music will be better.
Admiral Ackbar
Pencil girl is hot
Alejandro Rondón
But what Mary? But What? Damn it!
André Barranco
Who's the girl at 3:48 ? I know pretty much everyone up to this point in this video, but not her
300$ crap guitar? \n\nI'm saving money to buy that.
Arno Online
That ukelele ending destroyed my soul
Asher D
Gear is an extension of the musician. If a master swordsman were fighting using a rusty old rod, he would not be as great as he could, but he would still be good. I believe a truly great musician didn't need good gear to play well, but it certainly is an important aspect of music.\n\nIt is also important to note that a poor musician with great gear will be just as poor as with low-quality gear. Don't invest in an amazingly well-crafted instrument before first investing in a well-honed set of skills. The same goes for any profession
Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff. ..../ Frank Zappa\r\nAnd\n Maybe it's the Indian and not the arrow?
thanks man! great video. and thanks for hanging out with us gear nerds ;)
Benji Robinson
Bruno Neri
Adam, I need to share this with you, I was at a V. Wooten clinic around 10 years ago in which all the attendants had taken their basses with them alongside, including myself, which i later got signed by him, but when it came to Q&A, their was one dude who said to VW that he didn't like the sound of his bass (it was a 5 string, couldn't see the brand from afar but i remember it had soapbar pickups), and that he was seriously considering upgrading the pickups in it because he was unhappy with the sound, so he wanted VW to tell him what brand pickups to upgrade to... VW simply said, \
Cade Eastwood
The coloured pencil metaphor was spot on. Can an amazing artist create art with red, blue, yellow : yes. However having the potential to access utensils that make different compositions more readily available explains why so many of us fall into the gear hole. If a new coloured pencil is available, you dont have to try and mix it yourself. If you find a piece that creates the sound you want and you can afford to add it to family why not right?
Campbell Smith
Of course gear matters!!! When I buy or design gear I ask myself the ultimate question!!: Will this make my recordings better? The way I see it is there are two extremely important factors. 1) ease of performance: for example imagine a eurorack synthesizer where the knobs are so close together that when u go to turn one of them ur knuckles accidentally bump the knob that’s next door. 2) tone: obviously ur recording is gonna be better if u spend more than $100 on ur violin.... Sucks cause musicians are poor and we want so badly to justify that gear doesn’t matter, but unfortunately it does... to a certain extent haha. Nice insight btw on the dangers of thinking gear will make u a better player or writer. Then there’s the two guys at 8:00 that give nice arguments against this. Soooo does gear matter? YES YES ABSOLUTELY YES! But for the sake of music education, don’t tell ur kids lol!! Great video!
Cheddar Kung Pao
The best gear ceases to matter by disappearing and leaving you to focus on the music, IMHO. That might be a $150 Squier or it might be a $10,000 PRS. Depends on you and what you're doing. :)
My take: The only \
Christoffer Enfors
as a classical pianist i still want that 9-foot-steinway, who needs 2 kindneys.
Chuck Pires
I think “ kinda “ is the best answer I’ve heard lol. \n\nFor me- electric guitar? Hell no. Acoustic guitar? You’re damn right it does. I will say however even playing a crappy acoustic can be fun for a bit. My brother in law won a . . . I don’t even think it had a name on the peg head lol at a local fair and I played that thing all night long. It buzzed like hell, felt like it was going to fall apart, but it just made me appreciate my Simon and Patrick all the more. (All the Martin fanboys are rolling their eyes lol) \n\nSome sounds I just hate as well. I’ve never heard an electric violin that I thought sounded good. It can be fun to hear it with gain and overdrive but on a clean setting it’s just grating to my ears. \n\nStill I’ve never felt such deminished returns as I have with electric guitars. At least as far as tone goes. When I was younger I was absolutely sure if I just had the right set up pickups I’d be a god. After trying one after another of my hero’s set ups I realized that you have to find something that works for you. You have to find the tools to better your sound but mostly you have to just become a better player. To that end I’m glad I perused it because I was finally able to put aside the excuses and just focus on my playing. Still, wish I hadn’t spent so much money on it tho lol
Cole Jenkins
Very mature editing! Made this video flow and function incredibly well.
Cory Mck
*Adam Neely the Anarcho-Nihilist*
Beautiful video. I've been playing the same cheap bass for over 7 years and i'm kinda proud of that fact. I think also there's an ideological, political aspect behind all of this will to find self improvement in the religious treatment and acquisition of commodities in order to compensate for the lack of reflective thinking. As a teacher i think there's a responsibility to show you don't need to spend more money to expand your limits.
Dexter Grif
I'm a drummer. You can put a bad drummer on a good kit and he's still going to be a bad drummer. But if you put a really good, technical drummer on a shitty kit, and they'll make it shine.
En 352
i enjoyed the commentary but despised your attempt at humor on bashing your advertisers you ungrateful piece of chip
Eric Pingel
This made me think: \
Erik C 'Piano Man'
Does gear matter? Sometimes. In my specific situation it matters more than most. I often practice on grand pianos but record on digitals keyboards for the clear audio and midi data. For more technical pieces I can usually play fine on the grand, but sometimes takes weeks more of practice to be able to record it with the same fidelity and musicality on the digital. There's something about the action, feel and response time of the keys that makes all the difference. Probably due to the action being a completely different mechanism between the two.
Evil Sean
all i took from this ... he saw victor .. i have yet to see victor... also intoxicating voice there adam .. cultivated ?
Ezequiel Tomaselli Composición
I love the way you answer in the thumbnail.
FM Volt
The answer is kind of a yes and no. From my perspective, and I'm not a bass player but I play a little bit, for example, I have a Squier jazz bass that is almost 10 years old, never changed strings and kind of just sounds bad, specially when plugged directly into a pre on a sound card but through a lot of processing like exciters, compressors, eq and more I actually get an awesome sound out of it that I use in many genres. At the same time, I had a borrowed bass that cost around 6000 with some amazing alembic pickups and that thing sounds like a beast plugged straight into a pre on an audio interface, nothing needed, you just plug it in and its tone is just outstanding and cuts through the mix
Fictitious Freedom
The end.... Dudes a genius!
Gear Gods
What I should have said: gear only matters if you can't flange with your hands.
George Bingham
0:36 *Harry Miree screams in the distance”
GiggitySam Entz
I liked the fact I couldn't see the logos, thank you ! eue
Gran Ribeyro
Bass sucks Mane.. a guitar is more cool
Haut Strange
Ask Dilla if gear matters.
I disagree completely. Gear matters. You can't make the music you want without proper gear. \n\nWhat idiot thinks you can write a piano sonata on a saxophone? Yeah, you can still make beautiful music, but you won't be about to make a piano sonata.
Helium Road
People say Geddy Lee always sounds like Geddy no matter what bass or amp he's using, but that's only true to a point. Listen to 70s Rush when he used a Rickenbacker and then listen to Power Windows when he used a Wal. Sure, it sounds like the same guy using similar technique, but the timbre is very different. Same thing watching Rush on their 2015 tour when Geddy brought like 15 basses with him; his tone definitely changed with the bass he was playing. So in the case of timbre gear does matter. It won't make you a better player, though.
Iridescent Noise
exactly my opinion. the only thing that matters is making music. Brian May Practically used one guitar his whole career. There are other guitarists. But at the end of the day, gear is just tools for getting the job done. In this case, music. I disagree with the girl, different guitars dont equate different colors. colors are the notes. The guitars are the different brands of colored pencils. 8 string guitars just have more colors.
I just bought that yellow ibanez jem Jr. At 0:38
Jason Rosner- Bass
Thomann offers inexpensive stuff, good inexpensive stuff
Jef Green
It doesn't matter as much as the musician, but if you want to hear how it matters, play AC/DC on a kid's drum kit with two guitar players with single coils running through a crappy Line 6 amp as the way the lady described and a bass player with a bass and amp from Target. Yeah, you know the answer, it's gonna' suck. Now, have the original members of AC/DC do it, if some weren't dead, yeah, it sucks a lot less than when you were doing it. Now put them back on their original instruments of taste - doesn't suck at all, unless you don't like AC/DC, which just means you suck. :P
Jerry Mann
I just need a new a string and my sound post back in place
Jesse McLen
Funny because I often think of that Jaco video when pondering this question, but it’s the segment where he plays a fretless bass that isn’t a Fender that he really loses the “Jaco” sound. His sound is choked and muted, gone is the raw, energetic, liveliness of the Fender with those grindy Rotosounds. If he had made an album playing that bass, whatever it is, I probably wouldn’t want to listen to it any more than I’d want to listen to Pat Metheny play a Rickenbacker... or maybe that would be awesome.
John Redberg
How to not get invited back to promotional events. XD
JohnnyArt Pavlou
The lick at the end played on the ukulele remind me of the main theme from Dead Poets Society. A bit like dysfunctional church harpsichord music where the exalted and the neurotic meet. It unsettled me, in a lovely way. \n\n“Humans are the simian equivalent of magpies.” 😎😍🐵💎that was poetic and not surprisingly, deeply philosophical.\n\nYou’re a rebel man.\n\nI remember the 1980s when I had this Fender catalog that I used to just go over and over and over… Looking at soaking in the vibe of Fenderdom. Looking at the endorsed artists on the back including Bonnie Raitt and Phil Chen, and thinking about the wonderfully creative lives that they were leading. \n\nWell they had these really deluxey guitars with these funny looking plastic covered pickups and they were supposed to be magical in some way. (I just did a little research and it looks like they were the Elite series with Lace Sensor noiseless pickups.) I just kept thinking to myself, “ Oh, if I could have a Stratocaster like that I could just be great, I could just be wonderful. That feeling of longing and having a particular object to attach that longing to seems to be what you’re talking about in this video.\n\nI have a few guitars now and I still suck. I like the idea of a person having one instrument and really knowing what they can do with that one instrument. Of course part of rock ‘n’ roll lore is this idea that you pick up a certain guitar and it speaks to you in a certain way and you come up with certain lyrics and songs because of the qualities of that particular instrument. That’s real, that’s cool, and the hope that there’s some magic out there somewhere in a special guitar or amp or pedal is also real, and probably something that will never go away.\n\nGreat episode Adam I really enjoyed it.
Jones Murphy III
LOL The tennis racket killed me instantly.
Justin Doan
Was gonna dislike because you didn't feature The Lick. Ended up smashing the Like button
KMAC plays death metal on a squire Telecaster and makes it sound amazing.\n\nSo, yeah. I agree with the overall assessment of \
Larks' Tongues In Aspic
As drummer I'd say the gear does matter a bit, Small Part of a Drummer's sound always comes from the gear he uses, Drummers know that because we're the ones who don't get to carry their instrument around sometimes, and a lot of times we have to play on someone else's drum kit when we're doing a show. For example my drum teacher totally sounded different ( still Good , But different ) on a live show that I saw him because the drum sizes were way too bigger than what he used himself. \nI started Playing on a really cheap crap drum set, When I first got to play on a decent one in a studio, I was blown away by how easier everything was, Specially with the bass pedal ( Seriously, drummers, always invest in a good pedal ) and drum heads were much more responsive. Also, Cymbals. There is no way anyone can make bad cymbals sound good.\nSo I'd still say 90% of a drummer's sound comes from his technique and abilities and his style, but the gear he uses does matter a little bit.
The last branded video Adam will ever get to make.
Martin Krauser
This is actually one of the only times I stayed to look at sponsor logos, so JOKES ON YOU; ADAM NEELY!!!!
Martin arguelles
I managed to build a nice budget home studio for the cost of a REALLY REALLY NICE GUITAR and I still scored a '93 Studio les Paul for only 600$. I think a LOT of people have a tendency to equate the price of an instrument with quality, but if you are willing and dedicated you can find a lot of really good used gear that sometimes is better than the high priced new model companies tend to put out. \n\nAlso for myself personally, I think it's important to learn how to effectively ration your funds into musical resources. A lot of my friends who blow a lot of money on a really nice amp or guitar are utterly clueless on the finances of recording or releasing said recording. That usually ends up being the one department where they seem to cut corners.
Michael Briggs
A poor craftsman blames his tools...but it's still nice to have sharp tools.
Michael Lochlann
it's about what will improve you the most. if you're me, improving the most means finger exercises. if you're guthrie govan, you're so good you can't really improve that much, so gear would be what would improve your sound.
MusiCanines - The Musical Dogs
So you like a pee bass? 🤔
A metalzone is necessary for good tone
Nathaniel Saxe
Noah Verhoeven
I think gear matters to some degree, like a guitar for example. Most of use buy a classical guitar to start and then buy a western acoustic or a electric according to our tastes, but if you take a beginner (which most of the time isn't expensive) western guitar and compare it to a high quality one you feel the difference in smoothness warmth and sound, and with guitar different types wood also effect the tone. Let's say you're going on tour, you probably would want to bring you best sounding instrument to give the people a performance worth watching. But you're also a traveler, you ga hiking and camping, travel around the world and more, in that case you would probably want a cheaper instrument to carry around everywhere so you can play... Just my thoughts.\nSorry for the bad English
Not Right Music
Do you include effects and recording techniques under the umbrella of \
Papa Arthritis
Yes, gear matters. I tried doing a gig without gear, and it didn't go so well.
Pontus Erickson
This thumbnail is kinda like reversed clickbait
Welp, there goes Adam’s last gear sponsorship
Ran Zivkovic
nice shirt it lickin
Rennie Allen
So gear matters, it's just that there is no singular static value to any particular piece of gear. Its value to the musician is dependent on the context in which it is used in the pursuit of artistic expression. A squier might be the perfect vehicle for expression at one time, and a fodera bass the perfect vehicle at another time. The physical instrument has value only to the degree that it is an effective conduit for the musicians thoughts and feelings during a particular performance.
Richard Roberson
I at first played a terrible and very hard to play bass from the 70s. Then I got a 80 dollar used bass, that was league's better. But zi recently upgraded to a 300 dollar 5 string bass. The sound is so much better and I love the 5 string.
Robert F. Harrison
Gear does matter. I just bought a used Squier strat for $80 because I can leave it out in the livingroom and not worry about it. That means I'll play more. If I had to go get the 'nice' guitar all the time...well...I'd get it less.
Roy Js
Little late to this, but as a classical string player, the instrument you play matters a lot. This is true especially because classical music is a style of music where precision matters so much. Professional classical musicians will spend hours a day practicing scales just to improve a specific tone quality, or to make a single bow change disappear when changing double stops. Additionally, you want a string instrument that can really play into how you play, and support your style of playing. Also - bows can go for really expensive not only because they produce great tone, but also because they work really well for techniques like spiccato and ricochet where cheap bows render those techniques almost impossible to do well. In professional classical music - I would argue instruments completely matter. Now should string instruments be worth millions... ehhh.
Unrelated to the subject in discussion, man this video felt like an epic YouTube musician crossover, so many great people! Infinity War has nothing on this.
Slim Yelow
If you sucked all your life on an instrument and one day you walked into a music store and found the most brilliant piece for just a couple of hundred bucks more, that sounds sooooo much more rich, gives you the ease of a pro and potentially reclaims a decade of your life from practicing with a bad piece; would you be angry or happy?
Soap McTavish
I'm no music pro, nor an educated musician, just an IT with a passion for music. I planned my gear roadmap into 3 levels, taking my own skill and budget into account:\nNoob level: I used a cheap Academy guitar and a Yamaha bass with 15w amps, for 100 euros each.\nMedium level: This year I began uploading covers and a few original songs to soundcloud and youtube, so I bought myself an Epiphone Thundebird bass (350 euro), a Fender Strat Player guitar (580euros), and a Fender rumble 100 amp (240 euro).\nAdvanced level: When I join a band and get begin making any money out of it, I will upgrade to +1000 euro gear: Tube Amps, and some expensive Gibson guitar and a Musicman/Dingwall bass. That might take some 2 or 3 yrs.
Enjoyed the episode, Adam! It's a damn good question!
Stanley Graves
My answer is the same for music gear, PA gear, wood working tools, big-boy toys: Yes and No and Yes. \n\nYes. Gear matters because you need things that are at least good enough to not get in your way. You need an instrument to hold tune, have good intention, and be reliable enough to let you actually practice MUSIC instead of practicing instrument setup and maintenance. \n\nNo. After you get something that is reliable, then it comes down to the person. You need to practice and focus on technique, etc, blah, blah, blah.... Your input is FAR more important than how the instrument or gear transforms it. \n\nYes. At some point you need to find \
Teatru Subtitrat
This calmed down my gear acquisition syndrome (GAS) for a while, I'll rewatch it every time I want to buy a new microphone.
The Sheed
For drummers, gear matters for getting the exact sound you want, it really matters what shells you get for what sound you want, don’t get me started on cymbals!
Not relevant to your point but in school my bass clarinet teacher kept telling me that my technique was the reason I had trouble getting anything above a high D to come out in tune, not anything related to the instrument. I was told this for three years before I found a hidden loose screw, tightened it, and magically found I wasn't having issues anymore.
Xavier Smith
The most comfortable guitar I ever played was a squier affinity strat. Too bad there's no consistency from one squier affinity to the next.
Zachary Williams
Getting the best gear for your money is the real question because now it's all good even the cheap stuff
7:25 “$300 crap guitar” it’ the price of my most expensive guitar
Funny,\n\njust last week I bought a piano at Thomann (no joke) and just now I was finishing a session of 1 hour strait practicing only scales. Why did I do that when I barely have done that before? Because I just liked how the keys felt under my fingers.\n\nFor me the answer is the same in any field, not just music. A good running shoe wont make me a good runner - or even a runner at all, for that matter, because I find running boring and I get no joy out of it. But if I enjoy running and I start to push my limits and expand my running skills, surely a good running shoe will not only boost my performance but more importantly my enjoyment of running. Maybe I will even explore new things like free running because my new shoes make it that much easier to jump and land and I didn't even think of jumping and landing before with my old shoes.\n\nAnd yes, Thomann is an insane music store and my eyes always get bigger than my wallet :(
When I was in high school, I had a $150 Peavey Raptor. I was always shit at playing because I didn't practice. I always thought that guitar just sounded terrible too.\n\nThen a friend of a friend came over, picked up my guitar, and played some insane licks that sounded GREAT. That's an eye opener I will never forget.
Depends on what you mean by \
daniel hayun
of course that gear matters \nyou learn an instrument\nyes instrument = yes learn\nno instrument = no learn\ninstrument=gear\nyes gear = yes learn \nno gear = no learn\nyes learn = cant afford gear \nno learn = sitting at grandmother's couch and playing fortnite \n\n\nya
I have to disagree a little bit. For example a cheap violin will have sharp highs. A screechy tone. A good violin will have a nice round tone. OK sure you might be a person who likes the screechy tone better....but really? Come on. This was verified by that NPR thing (I believe) where they got violin experts to do a blind listen and see if they could pick out the better violins. And while they couldn't tell a Strad from a modern high end violin (not that surprising to me) they could very easily tell the cheap violins from the more expensive ones. (again, not a surprise to me). \n\nSo when people say \
As someone who believes that most jazz guitarists can't play jazz (I don't mean the greats like Gilad or Jim Hall), I say gear is the LEAST important thing to worry about.\n\nOver on jazzguitar . be, everyone posts videos of them trying to play, while using their $10,000 guitar in a room full of useless gear. It's useless because the can NOT play. Everyone forgets about the thing that makes jazz, JAZZ; and that is the soul (or the sugar lol). They all sound like paint drying. \n\nI make a joke comment on Pasquale Grasso (who is a great guitarist) gear videos: \
i is Ninja
If gear was all that mattered the punk scene would never have existed
Visiting Thomann at Treppendorf is something between a pilgrimage and visiting Disneyland :)
Expensive gear doesn't matter. Good gear matters. Bad gear matters. What's important is that the gear isn't in the way.
Great Video....
IMO it matters to a certain point. The huge $ distance between a Squier to a Fodera doesn't matter, but the small $ distance between a Squier and a REALLY CRAPPY bass do.
septiplier 007
I personally think that gear matters to a certain point. Instruments like the acoustic guitar can range from 60€ to 1000€ and even farther than that, and I believe that around 400€ the guitar is often good and it does what it's supposed to, but guitars from companies like Martin&Co tend to be guitars for people who like to collect them since the sound variation between a 400€ guitar and a 1000€ martin guitar tends to be minor if not unexistent. I think that in the case I'm pointing out what truly matters is the wood the guitar is built of and if it's properly manufactured. With that said, gear does matter but it's price not so much.
Our ears are pretty adaptable to tone and often aren't picky about it unless specifically comparing. You may listen to a Beatles album on its original CD release and love it, but then listen to the remastered version back to back and decide the old one sounds noticeably worse. That doesn't mean you couldn't get into it when you were just listening and weren't making a comparison. I think gear is a lot like that. You as a player who's listening closely for differences may find them and care about them, which is fine, and great if it excites or inspires you, but returning audience members probably won't notice. A player with a good ear for sound can probably dial in something that will sound good to our flexible ears on most equipment, as long as it's functional and not totally trashy.\n\nI also think it's worth pointing out that gear doesn't have to be expensive to sound cool. Sometimes cheap gear gives a different sound than more expensive gear and you'll be able to get something you can't quite get out of the more expensive and more common stuff. I mean things like Silvertone or Danelectro guitars, things that don't try to imitate Strats or Les Pauls and do their own thing instead. It might be worth getting something cheap but unique as a tool to achieve certain sounds you couldn't otherwise, or wouldn't even THINK to otherwise. You might sound more creative on a $150 guitar than on a $1,500 or $15,000 one.
It's all a matter of taste for sure! I have a $250 bass that I love, but I also love the $2200 one, too! They get different vibes even when I'm using the same technique...If I play certain slap grooves, the $250 has a more powerful tone, but the $2200 one has a different great tone, and it plays like butter. Gear can also matter in the sense of repetitive injury...higher action can cause more wrist issues in the long run, for instance. Sometimes my gear purchases have to do with avoiding injury.
Does gear matter? Past a certain point, not really. If the instrument isn't mechanically correct, is extremely hard to play, and won't stay in tune then yes. Yes, it matters a lot. Unless you don't practice, then, umm, no. Hope that clears it up. ;-))
Gear only matters if you have the skills to use it, but it's also worth having someone who plays help you find a good affordable to start with, as my first guitar has frets poking out on the side, tuners that don't hold the tune and a neck that doesn't sit proparly in the neck slot
6:53 Did you just break your censorship vow, Adam?