As seen in my buyer’s guide, there are many things to consider when purchasing musical equipment. The logic that quality gear will result in better sound is not entirely unflawed. PRACTICE will lead to good sound. I live by example, as you can see from my instruments in the photos below.
Keep in mind, I am not materialistic and I have crafted my art to represent that. If I was working in a band that played formal functions, then appearance would be a more important factor, and I would concede to the proper stage presence.
As a full time private music instructor, I see at least fifty students each week. Honestly, the vast majority of my students have virtually no interest in becoming involved with music on a professional level. Most of them do it for personal enjoyment. My students spend a lot of their time doing schoolwork and other extracurricular activities, such as sports; therefore they do NOT spend countless hours everyday practicing music, and conclusively they are not high achievers (AKA crazy insane guitarists!?@&*^%)
The article below outlines how kids are often overtaxed with commitments. It describes how society has catered to this lifestyle and has propelled beliefs into our youth of outstanding achievement, even when it’s not true. It also addresses how that affects kids as they move into the world of adulthood. It’s a very good read!
In any case, I try to keep a levelheaded approach to this. Often, students just use the 1/2hr we have together each week to unwind. They learn a little guitar along with some basics of music, we hang loose, and they move on. If I happen to have a student who puts in the extra-commitment, I will certainly challenge him/her, but if they are not looking to become outstanding, then I lower my expectations to match their goals. Easy enough:)