One of the fun aspects of living close to Nashville is that we really are “Music City.” The entire area for 100 miles in each direction is home to people involved in the music industry. We live among songwriters, musicians, singers, managers and booking agents. There are dozens of related supporting professions, as well. Such as lighting technicians, guitar repair shops, hair stylists, tour bus drivers and deejays.
Of course, one of the most important things that the musicians need are the actual musical instruments. The professionals know where to shop for the best equipment and the best deals. The handful of very successful musicians can afford to buy things custom made. But for the rest of us who are struggling and waiting for our big break, we have to be smart with our money and shop for the best deals.
My first place to look is always the Internet. The Internet is fast, convenient and it lets me be very specific in my search. Saving money is easy if you do your research, take your time and be patient. You can usually find some pretty decent guitars (like this sweet looking Gibson Les Paul Tradtional Pro II) at Musicians Friend, which is a site that I find myself going back to more and more to see what is new and fun with the various musical instruments that are available on today’s market.
Last year I bought an electronic keyboard with tons of features for under $100 so that I can pound out some of the tunes that pop into my head in the middle of night. When I’m not using it, I can pack it up and stick it in the closet, out of the way but ready for my next inspiration.