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Everybody knows that without their instrument, a musician is pretty damn near useless. That’s why they grow so attached to their basses, guitars and so on, giving them names and getting to know all their tiny little intricacies. There is nothing quite like playing a bass that you have spent years getting to know, understanding all the odd little things that you might have to do to get it to sound its best. There is something to be said for the argument that it is the player not the instrument that matters, but you sit down a massively experienced guitarist with a cheap fender knock-off (such as the South Korean one I proudly wielded when learning) and they will find it most uncomfortable. There’s also nothing quite so strange as playing someone else’s guitar – all the little things such as the position of the pickups, the feel of the fretboard and the like will be subtly different, which has the power to disorient even the best musician. That’s why there is a fantastic market out there for guitars and basses, and space for great magazines such as Guitar & Bass. If you’re looking for a soulmate of an instrument, as most true musicians are, it is important to take your time, try out a few different models until you find the one that feels right, and why not ogle a few of the ones that are out of your league in the meantime? NB