Post by sumgai on Feb 17, 2017 15:35:17 GMT -5
Channel ChrisK much?
Indeed, many of us here (that stick around for more than a quick-and-dirty fix) feel the same way as you. We even had a discussion some time back, and it was revealed that "bias confirmation" was the dark troll behind the door that very few people (let alone guitar players) will admit drives their "irrationally exuberant" spending habits, guitars or otherwise.
Chris had a better word for it: FelderGarb. Basically, that's a malapropism for Gelder Farb, which is German for Golden Color, an idiom for 'the color of money trumps common sense'.* I believe it was also Chris that coined the term 'MarketingSpeak', at least here in The NutzHouse. But I could be incorrect on that score, I'm not sure anymore.
I'll boil it down a different way, but we'll arrive at the same result. As I see it, what's really going on here is something called "ego gratification". That's where one boosts one's ego (the gratify part) by giving the appearance to others that one is independent of needs, and can devote his/her dollars in any manner desired, frivolous or otherwise. Americans call this the "Keeping Up With The Jones's" syndrome. But to me, it really indicates that someone is in dire need of psychiatric help.
More or less, over the past 55 years or so that I've been participating in this thing called guitar music, I've seen just about every
reason excuse someone could possibly trot out to justify why they had to have a Les Paul, when they couldn't even play decently on a Stella. For them, the bottom line was excruciatingly obvious - "If I play the same guitar as my hero, then by Gawd, I'm as good as my hero! And don't you bother me with droll facts either. I'll be just as good as my hero by tomorrow - you just watch me!! And all the girls, too... think of all the girls I'll get, man!"
Gawd help us all.
* Of course, in true Zen fashion ala ChrisK, he reduced it to "Oooh, shiny!!"