To know your guitar, is to love your guitar.
The bond a musician builds with his guitar is, for lack of a better word, deep. The guitar becomes an extension of the musician, a communicative outlet with which emotions can be emitted and expressed in a way unlike any other. Thus, we offer the Guitarist’s Creed:
This is my guitar. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
My guitar is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.
My guitar, without me, is useless. Without my guitar, I am useless.
Some of the most influential musicians throughout history have held true to this sentiment, and built an unbreakable, unique bond with their guitar. These musicians have created timeless melodies and riffs that continue to echo through the years.
Artists like Joan Jett, John Mayer and Neil Diamond know the power of the music they produce, and even more so, the important role their guitars play in the production of it. Each of them eloquently express this idea in their own words:
“My guitar is not a thing. It is an extension of myself. It is who I am.” – Joan Jett
“I’m singing what I want to sing based on the emotion of what that day feels like. That’s what comes out of my mouth and guitar. That impacts people. They know anything can happen.” – John Mayer
“I’ve looked at photographs of myself during concerts and it sometimes looks as if I’m in a fencing move, with a guitar in my hands instead of a sword.” – Neil Diamond
It is said that music, whether listened to or played, is among the most therapeutic outlets available. Music is able to elicit emotions within its listeners, heightening their preexisting emotions and provoking a powerful feeling without a physical touch or spoken word.
Given this knowledge, it is safe to say that music is perhaps the most powerful language available; it is expressed and understood, heard and felt. If you’re lucky enough to speak it fluently, whether through your guitar or another instrument of choice, as Jimi Hendrix puts it simply, “you’re gonna be rewarded.”