The first year of running this site went just about as well as I could have imagined. Honestly, it probably even exceeded expectations. In no way shape or form did I expect my guitar and music journalism career to take off to the point that Fender would be sending me their newest guitars to review. I also never expected to be hanging out backstage with my favorite band, SWMRS, after interviewing them for Ultimate-Guitar.com. The point being, 2019 is gonna be hard to top in 2020. As we set out to make this year even better, let’s take a look at what you can expect of this site in the new year…
More Affordable Guitar Reviews
Surprisingly, all of the most successful posts on this website had one thing in common: they were affordable guitar or bass reviews. That’s not to say that other mod articles or pricey gear reviews were unsuccessful, but cheap clearly resonates with many of you out on the internet.
Glarry’s cheap GP Bass, Squier’s Affinity Telecaster, and Orange’s Crush 20 amp were all some of the most viewed articles of the year. You can be sure that I’ll be including even more affordable gear this year and very soon. Keep an eye out for some new Squier, Epiphone, Firefly, and Goldfinch reviews coming your way. Hopefully, these will help you know where the best places to spend your money are while still making sure you end up with gear that suits your needs!
Being Annoying On Social Media
While I’ve never been good at social media whether it was my personal accounts or for journalism, I plan on stepping it up in 2020. Having huge social media followings and great, creative content is one of the primary ways for me to attract companies attention. Once I attract their attention, that means more gear reviews for all of you.
I don’t buy gear to review, I don’t get paid by companies to say nice things about it, no one even sponsors any articles of mine. All of that makes the success and widespread engagement I got in 2019 all the more impressive (and shocking) in my eyes. So this year, like, comment, and share everything you can to help us get the following that will allow this site to really thrive. I want to make this a place where readers feel listened to. My dm’s are always open and when people ask me to review something, I do. I’ve already had several people recommend gear that is now en route to me in 2020 for review!
More Advanced Mods & Partscasters
To be fair, while I am very proud of the mods and builds I did this year, there is room for improvement. My stance has always been this: I’m a bad guitar tech, therefore if I’m saying that I did this, it sounds good, and is easy then you can definitely do it. I’m in the process of upgrading my tools, knowledge, and fine motor skills so that we can put together some really cool, truly unique guitars and better inform the public without coming off as pompous as some of the most popular YouTubers and journalists do at bigger publications.
A Surprising Amount Of Cool Guitar Reviews
While I’m definitely going to emphasize reviewing more affordable and accessible models, I also want to get my hands on some crazy, out-there guitars that a lot publications don’t talk about. Whether it is because they are expensive, rare, or just weird, I want to document them so you know a thing or two when you win the lottery or finally save up enough to buy one. It could be high end LP replicas from a smaller brand, it could a new up and coming company, or it may just be something ugly! But I’m going to mix a ton of cool guitars into the pool, so don’t be afraid to dig through the pile of Squier, Epiphone, Schecter, and Ibanez beginner model reviews.