Gear snobs are the worst... The worst. I've encountered both types: the old, out-of-touch, condescending rich guy and the young, stupid, condescending rich guy. Curiously, despite their supposed excellent gear, they never play well... I started playing guitar on a $99 starter pack acoustic guitar without any sort of lesson. If I could play a decent "Master of Puppets" on that, then the gear snobs can take their comments about which finish on a Les Paul makes it sound "authentic" can shove it where the sun don't shine.