We understand that being an original independent musician can cost a lot more money than you’ll bring in until you start making a name for yourself. Guitars need new strings, pics, tune ups, cases, stands, tuners, batteries, cables…etc.. With everything you do buy, something can go wrong and sometimes it can cost more than you can pay out. We have the money saving guide for musicians on a budget.
The biggest slam to your wallet will be any sort of repair that has to be made to your instrument. Obviously it is best to bring certain things to a professional, but you should first try to fix it on your own. You have so many tools right at your finger tips. YouTube literally has videos for everything. You can learn how to change your oil, how to train a dog, how to learn how to play a guitar and how to fix whatever problem you might have with that guitar. Thankfully, if you have an internet connection and half a brain, you can probably get away with attempting to fix this minor repairs on your own. You can probably type in the make and model of your instrument and the repair you need in the search bar and something will come up that will help you.
If you can’t afford to get a brand new instrument, maybe you don’t need three guitars. Consider trading one in to give you a decent credit towards getting your new one. Most of the time you get more money if you trade in your instrument to the store than try to sell it to them for cash. You’ll always get ripped off. At that point, you’re better off trying to find an independent buyer. Consider which instrument you really play, and if it’s one you don’t touch that often, put it towards a trade in so your new instrument is less money out of your pocket.
If you want to network without going to 100 differently local shows (and believe me, supporting the local music scene is important) try going to open mic nights in your surrounding area. They are free. You get to play your music and hear other musicians. They are also really great places to network and potentially get your own gig on a Friday or Saturday night.