Rick Beato’s Signature Model

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by drmilktruck, Apr 17, 2021.

  1. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    You may or may not like Rick Beato and don't think he deserves a signature model but You Tube is where people like my 25 year old son discover new music, (As well as comedy, sports, movies, TV shows and other things.) . He doesn't listen to the radio (terrestrial or internet); he rarely watches television; he hasn't bought a physical CD in at least 10 years. He watches You Tube and downloads music he finds there from iTunes. (Buys, doesn't stream.) He subscribes to numerous YT channels and he buys their stuff that he likes.

    You Tube "influencers" are some of the most influential people in the culture and can make very good money and their word can be gold literally for companies they push. It's eclipsed most other media in importance. Music folks who are trying to make it in the business need to be on You Tube regularly.
  2. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    There's a simple reason for it. It's infotainment. No one really learns much from video documentaries, whether it's national geographic, youtubers or that famous guy who did baseball and Civil War series. Yes, lots of good information, but all that information would be delivered more accurately, precisely and efficiently through written text or through hard experience.

    If you really want to know about something, you study and read and practice, you don't watch videos. Beato et al sure didn't learn what they know through 10 minute videos. He studied music and he went through decades of experience.

    The reality is we want entertainment with our information; I find the balance tends to be at most 20% info, and 80% entertainment. Those that really want to learn guitar are wood shedding, not clicking.
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  3. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    Hardly a term that could be applied to his accomplishments. He's quite astute and on point for his demographic. The dilemma is that we are questioning this accolade on his merit as a player?
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  4. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    My oldest is 24 and everything you said is truth.. Old folks can shake a fist at the clouds but this is where its at. These mid twenty somethings are the largest workforce in the nation now, and as far as commerce is concerned; anyone older can piss off :)
  5. Mr Twangy

    Mr Twangy Electromatic

    Dec 27, 2020
    Chesterville ON Canada
    Rick Beato and Rhett Shull both feel that there is always something more insanely expensive that you absolutely need to buy if you want to play guitar. They are the epitome of GAS consumption porn. Rhett’s idea of a practical bedroom amp is a hand wired Hiwatt combo. I’m more of a Dave Simpson man myself.
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  6. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz

    The world has passed me by and I’m not going to try to catch up....

    It’s not a bad thing. It just a new way to stay connected. My 12 yr old granddaughter is so much more connected with everything going on in the world through youtube and the internet that I ever was at that age. Amazing really.......
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  7. larryr

    larryr Synchromatic

    Mar 6, 2012
    Camarillo, Ca.
    What I never understand about guitar player ego is why guitarists put others down who are pursuing their dreams/callings. How many Guitar players does it take to screw in a lightbulb? 7. One to screw it in and 6 to stand around saying I can do that better .
    Anyone who has reached for the golden ring in the music biz will attest to how hard it is to make a buck in music let alone pay a mortgage. I always cite Tavo as an example of this.He had a vision, he stuck with it through thick and thin,(TGP was not kind back in the day) and now he is known all over the world. Beato the same. If you like him or the guitar great. If not, move on. Does he deserve to be slagged over it? Why? Does he deserve to reap the rewards of his hard work? Sure, why not. My hat is off to anyone who continues on with music despite all the frustrations and angst that goes with that passion.
    How do you make a little money in the music business? Start with a lot of money.
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  8. amp360

    amp360 Gretschie

    Oct 21, 2012
    Ok, so I finally found out who this K-Mart version of Guy Fieri is.

    First off, I love Gibson guitars. I was excited to check this guy out because I read what an amazing musician he was so I checked out one of his infomercials. Basically, he explains things that Harmony 1 at Berklee covers and people see him as some sort of musical genius for being able to offer a basic harmonical analysis of a pop song. Fine.

    Does anyone else see the irony of “play original” litigious Gibson giving some clown who basically rips off artists’ work to sell his lame books a signature model?

    I suppose you can at least cry the blooze with one of these.

    I’ll hold out for the “Tone King” signature happy meal at McDonalds.
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  9. Sabato

    Sabato Country Gent

    Mar 22, 2019
    I found a photo of Rick's Biggest Fan:
  10. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Tough crowd tonite! :D

    Personally I’m glad studio and touring professionals like Rick and Rhett are sharing their knowledge on YT with rank amateurs like myself, and for free no less. Maybe I don’t always agree with everything. I’m free to ignore, apply grains of salt to taste, or simply not watch.

    And since I’m here. To be clear, me commenting on Gibson making a Rick signature has nothing to do with Rick’s persona or how I evaluate the quality of his channel.
  11. mrcoffee23

    mrcoffee23 Gretschie

    Sep 23, 2009
    Virginia, USA
    As an avowed Gibson guy who loves double cuts (SGs especially), the main reason that model lost me was the maple neck. It was cost cutting and I prefer mahogany on my Gibsons. But that is just me.

    Of course I did buy one. But I sold it to a friend two weeks later.

    This Beato model looks right up my alley. Don't care whose name is on the truss rod cover, it is:
    Pelham Blue
    Bound neck
    Double cut

    I'm in. Except I need to know--
    And neck profile.

    Either one of those could be a dealbreaker, but I really like it in general. I'd also take a TV yellow.
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  12. larryr

    larryr Synchromatic

    Mar 6, 2012
    Camarillo, Ca.
    I do love a good double cut. Looking forward to hearing the neck and price specs for this. And I agree @Tvthewiredurtle, I've had a couple of the Hamer double cuts through the years and they are some of the best bang-for-the-buck guitars on the planet.

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  13. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    And that's exactly how J Bieber, and many others, got a recording contract.
    They were youtube stars (ie star only meaning having many 1000's of youtube subscribers).

    And I find this new weasel word "influencer" amusing.
    I presume an "influencer" means a person who influences the opinions of others.

    In direct Aussie speak we'd call such a person a know it all wanker :D
    Allegedly, there are millions of young people now who aspire to be "influencers".
    Is that all they want to be in life?

    Beato became an "influencer" at age 55 after 40 years of struggle and hard earned experience.
    Do young people think they can also become an "influencer" at age 20-25 after having done nothing much and learned very little in the process.

    I dunno but ..... if my 20 yr old son said to me "I wanna be an influencer" I'd advise him to get an education and a good job first then think about being an "influencer" when he's an old bastard like me and Beato.

    By that stage I'd probably be dead and would hope he'd decided not to become a wanker after all :rolleyes:
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  14. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    @Waxhead "we'd call such a person a know it all wanker" - Good One!!:D:D
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  15. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    I used to visit USA regularly in the late '70s. An Aussie mate who was living there permanently had a personalized number plate: "WANKER" . None of the locals knew the reference, but the Aussies broke up when they saw his car. :D
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  16. larryr

    larryr Synchromatic

    Mar 6, 2012
    Camarillo, Ca.
    In the influencer YouTube universe, this fellow seems pretty down to earth. If you hang in there for this video The Gretschs seem to be the favored choice. Apologies if this is old news.
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  17. mrcoffee23

    mrcoffee23 Gretschie

    Sep 23, 2009
    Virginia, USA
    OK, my predictions for cost and neck shape.

    $1999, rounded 50s.

    Predictions, not preferences.
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  18. larryr

    larryr Synchromatic

    Mar 6, 2012
    Camarillo, Ca.
    hey contest time....what's the prize? a Beato beater?

    rounded 50's- agreed
    $ 2999.00
  19. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    Damn dude, I get it, you don’t like Beato so you don’t like this guitar. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  20. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    Great prediction. If this doesn’t have a chunky neck at 2k, no way. Everything else is right on the money for me.
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