The problem with vintage guitar and amp collecting is that there isn’t always enough time for vintage guitar playing. Don’t forget, these instruments have a heart and a soul. They want to be played. You need to hear them and more deeply appreciate WHY they are great. Yes, they can be investments. But…that’s not their purpose…it’s merely an end result. They have value because they are great at what they do.
Their purpose – and their value – is in the music. It always has been, and it needs to be always.
Their purpose is to feed your soul through creative expression and in turn, bring joy to you and others. The responsibility we have is to treat these instruments with dignity at a minimum, or better yet appreciation and better still, respect.
I am on this little jag because I watched the new film, Sound City, by Dave Grohl. It was a journey of music in search of authenticity and humanity found in the company of others and a legendary Neve 8078 soundboard. On a technical level this film is about vintage audio engineering…analog…tape…24 tracks…but I could relate to the importance of authenticity and fellowship in the music and how people gathered around the “hearth” of that mixing board. I could also relate to how our digital realm has left us more isolated in so many aspects of our lives – including music. I like my digital tools, and I am thankful I can afford to tinker with recordings because of them. But, they could never replace playing music with others.
Enjoy the movie…it’s worth watching. Great musicians are interviewed in the making of the film. You can download it and stream it if that’s your thing (it worked for me)
It’s true to itself and even if you’re not into documentary style films, if you’re into music at a level beyond just consuming it, it’s a very enjoyable film and I might even say, an important one for musicians to watch.