I swore up and down I would stick with my “beginner” bass for a long time, and my Squier 70s CV Jazz is a beautiful instrument that plays really well, but I made the fateful mistake of going to the local music shop to pick up my new rumble cab and decided to play some more expensive guitars.
I can honestly say that I didn’t feel much difference between my “budget” Squier and Fenders 4x the price, with ONE exception — and that exception is starting to really grate on me:
The matte neck!
As soon as I got home I found myself instantly dissatisfied with the glossy finish on my Squier’s neck. It is literally the same guitar I was overjoyed to be playing day until an hour ago, but suddenly I have this nagging dissatisfaction based on something I played for less than twenty minutes. My hands are clean and yet I can feel them catching on the gloss finish. Even slight friction is starting to drive me bonkers.
Anyway, I’m in no danger of spending more money on guitars right now, but I guess my warning is that if you’re not ready to shell out for expensive stuff and you’re happy with what you have, do yourself a favour and don’t start picking up equipment that’s likely been engineered to have more creature comforts