Does an Ideal Guitar Hold You Back?

We guitar players like to dream about our ideal guitar, a guitar that will somehow make us better players.

We think of this ideal guitar, convinced that it will lead to better play, that our guitars are somehow holding us back. But what if it’s really an ideal guitar that holds you back from being a better guitar player?

The Imaginary Ideal Guitar

In our imagination, all ideal guitars sound amazing, provide elusive tones, play faster, and look prettier.

But the problem with ideals is that they are made inaccessible. And when you focus on this external ideal, you forget your own strength that can help you play a better guitar.

Are You Making Yourself Fail?

When you focus on the ideal guitar, your own guitar is the reason for your own playing weaknesses. You think of things like “If I have that guitar, I can …”, filling in the blanks with whatever your ideal guitar should help you achieve, or “With my guitar now I can’t …”

Such thoughts damage your ability to improve your guitar playing. This diverts you from what you really need to do, do it now with the guitar you already have.

You create predictions that are fulfilled with the phrase “I can’t”, or “I can if”. Your subconscious accepts the message you give and makes it a reality for you, if you believe you can’t, then there’s no point in trying, right?

Try this test

To get a better perspective on what guitars do for your game, try this simple test. Go to the guitar shop and ask someone who plays well to play your dream guitar. Listen hard to how they play and sound.

Then ask the same good player to play on a number of other guitars that aren’t so desirable. Bring your own guitar and play with others.

If your tester is a good guitarist, you might see that it sounds good on all the guitars, doesn’t it?

From Ideal to Real

After doing the test, you might find that the ideal guitar is not the magic ingredient you need to improve your guitar skills. At least, not around 99.9% of the time.