You know this guy. He or she is someone who is already the god of their instrument in your local scene, probably someone with no life and an excess of skill. They emerge from their cave once in a fortnight to destroy faces at the local watering hole with their band of misfits who aren’t worthy to lick their boots, and then disappears back into legend. You think, “wow, this dude is really going places! I can’t wait til his/her talent takes her/him all the way to the world’s biggest stages, record deals, and international fame!”. Then years and years go by, and nothing ever happens for them. They never join a big band worthy of their skill or go anywhere at all – they’re still playing at Ye Olde Waterringe Holle sometimes, and you see them and wonder – what happened?

Maybe – just maybe – this is you. You can’t seem to break out, but you know you’re the best around. Why not? You practice all the time – shouldn’t people notice how good you are?

If so, this guide is for you!

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As Editor-in-Chief of Gear Gods, I've been feeding your sick instrument fetishism and trying unsuccessfully to hide my own since 2013. I studied music on both coasts (Berklee and SSU) and now I'm just trying to put my degree to some use. That's a music degree, not an English one. I'm sure you noticed.