This Website Gives Away Guitars
| Musicians proposals | 2005-05-10
| How To Turn A Set Of Strings Into A Free Guitar|
Guitar players have been overworked and underpaid for too long. How many other people do you know that spend years and years studying, practicing, and generally devoting all of their precious time perfecting their craft. And then when they are good enough to show their wares, get paid nothing, or a pittance, for their trouble.
We guitarists are a passionate bunch. Putting in all that effort for so little reward. Not to mention the amount of money we spend on guitars, amplifiers, cases, books, CD's, and strings.
Let me ask you something. What is the one thing that all of us have in common? I'll tell you. We all replace our strings. That's right, we all buy strings. Big deal I hear you say. Well it is a big deal, let me explain.
What if a bunch of us guitar players got together and bought one packet of strings each at the same time? You don't know do you? Well the answer is this. We could all have the chance of getting a brand new top of the line Gibson, Fender, or Gretch guitar each and every month.
United We Stand, Divided We Fall
Well guys, we've been divided for too long. It's time to make a stand. Here's how it works. 100,000 guitar players buy one set of strings each at $10 a set. That equals 1 million bucks. This sort of transaction takes place across the world every single day. But we, as guitarists, don't see any benefit from it. Until now.
My name is John Stockwell and I am a guitar player just like you. And just like you, I've spent thousands of dollars over the years on guitar "stuff". And I never gave it a second thought. But now that I have given it a second thought, I have created the Great Guitar Giveaway.
So let's go back to the example of the 100,000 guitar players who bought a set of strings each for 10 bucks a pop. That's $1 million. If we band together and place this type of order we can get a commission. Let's use 10% to make it easy. That equals $100,000. And with that money, we buy top quality guitars and give them back to the people who bought the strings in the first place.
Its kind a like the cyberspace version of Robin Hood. We take from the rich (manufacturers and retailers), and give to the poor (us guitarists). Except we don't break any laws. We merely focus our spending to gain an advantage for ourselves. And just by this simple act of buying one set of strings, we create the chance of owning a dream guitar.
Focused spending is what it's all about. You don't have to spend any extra money. You're just redirecting the money you would spend anyway to give yourself an advantage. As guitar players, we know all about focus. We focus on our sound (getting it just right), we focus on our scales (playing the right scales over the right chords), and we focus on our timing (without good timing, music sounds like crap). We focused all our attention on learning how to play in the first place.
So let's take what we know about focus and use it to our advantage. Lets band together as a group and buy 1 set of strings each, once a year. Just by doing this one simple thing, means that one of us is going to get a new guitar every month. You don't have to buy your strings through the group all the time. Because everyone knows that's not going to happen.
So continue to buy them from your local store - after all we don't want to impact on peoples livelihoods. Just buy 1 set of strings a year through the group is all I ask.
There is only one thing holding us back at the moment. And that is the numbers. I need more guitar players to register. I only have 1023 at the time of writing this letter. To show you that I'm serious, I have put my own money where my mouth is. I've bought the first guitar to get the ball rolling.
It is a Gibson Les Paul and the winner will be announced on the 4th of December 2005. So if you like the sound of this, go to www.greatguitargiveaway.com and register now. Because if you don't, you will miss out on the chance of owning this great guitar. It's free to register.
So, all you guitar players out there. Let's unite and focus some of our spending to create something that will benefit us all.