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    Red face EBMM vs the average joe!

    I own too many guitars for the talent I have. Lol... Among all the guitars I have in my collection, my fav 2 are my 2 JP6. They are my grab and go guitar. I know I can trust them, they are reliable and sound awesome.

    Last evening, my son's band needed another guitar player for a "one tune gig" and I brought one of my JP6 for the gig.

    And while I was waiting for our turn to come and surrounded by a bunch of teenagers from 13 to 17 years old (it was somewhat of a talent show), some of them came to me asking about my JP6. Except one (the kid was a badass player), none knew what brand or model it was.

    I even got the "Don't they do guitar strings? - I didn't know they made guitars".

    That made me remember that when I used to gig with my cover band, the few folks that would come to me after a gig would, most of the time, ask about what guitar I was playing and had no idea about EBMM products.

    Do you have similar stories to share? I'm curious.

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    I have also experienced that. Most of my guitar playing friends have no idea what a music man guitar is. It only takes letting them play my 25th Anniversary for a few minutes to fix that.

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    I've experienced the same, with friends who have been playing for years. They know musicman made cool amps (and strings) but no idea about their guitars.

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    Had that "Thought they only made Strings" Question many Times...
    It's a bit sad IMHO, but it's also a fault of the Music Stores, at least in Europe they rarely got EBMM or only one JP and an Axis or something like that...
    I asked many Sellers at Music Stores for EBMM Guitars but it's shocking how many People don't even know this incredible Company!
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    I get that too - guys will come up and stare at the headstock trying to figure out what it is and approach me on break and ask.
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    Unfortunately, a lot of the time it also results in the arrogant and unwarranted negative assumptions from the uninformed G*, F*, & P* crowd.

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    I've met a few people over the years who dismissed anything that wasn't Fender or Gibson, but I've also met a lot of people who loved my tone and loved the feel of the neck even more. I've converted one or two people over the years too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeVt View Post
    Unfortunately, a lot of the time it also results in the arrogant and unwarranted negative assumptions from the uninformed G*, F*, & P* crowd.
    Sadly true... I'm from the school that "if it sounds good and makes you want to grab the guitar, I don't care for the cost/country of origin or brand/model of the instrument". I've met/seen awesome players with cheap gear and bad players with ridiculously expensive equipment.

    Great replies from everyone. Cool to hear that we had some very similar stories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeVt View Post
    Unfortunately, a lot of the time it also results in the arrogant and unwarranted negative assumptions from the uninformed G*, F*, & P* crowd.

    Mike
    Yeah - that's when, as a goodwill embassaor for the brand, you just have to suck it up and place the instrument in their hands. Let the craftsmanship do the talking. That always works for me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrKev View Post
    I've met a few people over the years who dismissed anything that wasn't Fender or Gibson, but I've also met a lot of people who loved my tone and loved the feel of the neck even more. I've converted one or two people over the years too.
    I've converted several myself - it's all about the neck... and the new roasted necks make it even easier to subvert their impressionable minds to our cause!

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    Can't say I've ever noticed that - people tend to be at least aware of the basses, and then it's not that surprising that there are guitars as well.
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    During college in the late 90's I worked at a fairly large music store in central PA, before the big box chains took over. We sold all of the name brands but never stocked anything from EB except basses. At the time I was a already a huge Vai and Petrucci fan, so you can imagine what brand I gravitated towards. It wasn't until JP's switch to EBMM that I began to seriously look into their guitar offerings (the EVH never really did anything for me). I remember going to the SFAM tour and seeing him play the JP6 for the first time and thought "wow, that looks really, really plain. I wonder what kind of people are buying that?" So yeah, I'll admit back when I was 18 I was guilty of the same thing.
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    I'm kinda an island of EBMM goodness in my town full of bubbas playing strats and les Paul's... it's a two edged sword though: if u wanna buy one, u can't find one to try out, and if u wanna sell one, nobody's buyin'.
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    I've been playing out with Silhouettes for about 10 years, I don't think I have ever had any one come up to me and say anything good or bad about the MM guitars. It's usually, hey man do guys know any Sublime.....?
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    Where I play I'm seeing them more and more. Did a show on Saturday, I play 2 reflex's and the band after me the guy is playing a P6 petrucci.

    Did a show a couple months ago where the band after me had a couple of Axis and an old VH. Among real players, the secret is out.
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