What type of guitarist are you? 11 personas

Written By Aditya Shukla (Shredwarrior)

Hey yo, I'm a self-taught experimental guitarist and consulting psychologist. PsyGuitar is about using psychology to improve guitar playing.

Started guitar at 10. Taught and played live for 10 years after school. Entered psychology. Combined the 2.

Looking at basic observable behaviors and musical choices, I see 11 guitarist personas – 11 types of guitarists.
Are you one of these?

What type of guitarists are your fav guitarists?

1. The Virtuoso

  1. Do they collab with others? Yes, frequently with other high-level musicians.
  2. Do they have fixed bandmates? No, frequently plays as a session musician.
  3. What equipment do they use? High-end pedalboard, custom amplifier, and studio-quality recording gear.
  4. What model of a guitar is their primary choice? Fender American Ultra Stratocaster, Strandberg.
  5. What is their primary job? Professional Musician/Session Guitarist.
  6. What is their appearance like? Clean-cut, formal stage attire.
  7. Are they attention-seeking or low-key nerdy? Low-key nerdy, focused on technical mastery.
  8. Do they wing it or plan and follow routines? Rigorous practice routines and planned performances.

2. The Garage Rocker

  1. Do they collab with others? Yes, with friends and local musicians.
  2. Do they have fixed bandmates? Yes, in a garage band.
  3. What equipment do they use? Basic pedalboard, budget-friendly amp.
  4. What model of a guitar is their primary choice? Epiphone Les Paul Standard, Ibanez
  5. What is their primary job? Barista.
  6. What is their appearance like? Vintage t-shirts, jeans, and sneakers.
  7. Are they attention-seeking or low-key nerdy? Attention-seeking, loves the spotlight.
  8. Do they wing it or plan and follow routines? Mostly wings it; spontaneous.

3. Fusion Fingers

  1. Do they collab with others? Yes, especially with musicians from different genres.
  2. Do they have fixed bandmates? No, part of several projects.
  3. What equipment do they use? Multi-effects processor, hybrid amplifier.
  4. What model of a guitar is their primary choice? PRS Custom 24.
  5. What is their primary job? Music teacher.
  6. What is their appearance like? Casual, ethnic accessories.
  7. Are they attention-seeking or low-key nerdy? Low-key nerdy, focused on blending genres.
  8. Do they wing it or plan and follow routines? Balanced; plans but leaves room for improvisation.

4. The Instagram Star

  1. Do they collab with others? Yes, online collaborations mainly.
  2. Do they have fixed bandmates? No.
  3. What equipment do they use? High-quality USB audio interface, basic amp, ring light.
  4. What model of a guitar is their primary choice? Ibanez RG550.
  5. What is their primary job? Social media influencer.
  6. What is their appearance like? Trendy, fashionable, and camera-ready.
  7. Are they attention-seeking or low-key nerdy? Attention-seeking.
  8. Do they wing it, or plan and follow routines? Plans and follows content calendars.

5. The Weekend Wanker

  1. Do they collab with others? Rarely, mostly plays for self.
  2. Do they have fixed bandmates? No.
  3. What equipment do they use? Basic practice amp, no pedals.
  4. What model of a guitar is their primary choice? Fender Squier Strat.
  5. What is their primary job? Software engineer. Or on the laptop 9 hours a day.
  6. What is their appearance like? Office casual.
  7. Are they attention-seeking or low-key nerdy? Low-key nerdy.
  8. Do they wing it, or plan and follow routines? Mostly wings it due to limited time.

This is me rn.


6. The Jazz Aficionado

  1. Do they collab with others? Frequently, in jazz ensembles.
  2. Do they have fixed bandmates? No, plays in various jazz clubs.
  3. What equipment do they use? High-end tube amplifier, specialized jazz pedals.
  4. What model of a guitar is their primary choice? Gibson ES-175.
  5. What is their primary job? Jazz musician.
  6. What is their appearance like? Elegant, often in classic jazz attire (whatever that is).
  7. Are they attention-seeking or low-key nerdy? Low-key nerdy, focused on musical complexity.
  8. Do they wing it, or plan and follow routines? Improvises extensively but within jazz frameworks. Practice is hard routines and repetition of basics.

7. The Emo Punk

  1. Do they collab with others? Yes, in the local punk scene.
  2. Do they have fixed bandmates? Yes, committed to one band.
  3. What equipment do they use? Used and battered amp, minimal pedals.
  4. What model of a guitar is their primary choice? Fender Telecaster.
  5. What is their primary job? Record store clerk.
  6. What is their appearance like? Punk attire, tattoos, piercings.
  7. Are they attention-seeking or low-key nerdy? Attention-seeking in an anti-establishment way.
  8. Do they wing it or plan and follow routines? Wings it, true to punk ethos.

8. Church Musician

  1. Do they collab with others? Yes, within the church community.
  2. Do they have fixed bandmates? Yes, part of the church band.
  3. What equipment do they use? Acoustic-electric guitar, minimal gear.
  4. What model of a guitar is their primary choice? Taylor 814ce.
  5. What is their primary job? Youth pastor.
  6. What is their appearance like? Modest, often in church attire.
  7. Are they attention-seeking or low-key nerdy? Low-key, focused on community.
  8. Do they wing it, or plan and follow routines? Plans and follows church song lists.

9. The Guitar Prof

  1. Do they collab with others? Yes, in academic settings and prestigious clubs with other virtuosos.
  2. Do they have fixed bandmates? No.
  3. What equipment do they use? Classical guitar with recording microphones.
  4. What model of a guitar is their primary choice? Custom-made classical guitar. $3000 Takamine or Martin.
  5. What is their primary job? Musicology Professor.
  6. What is their appearance like? Academic, blazers, and slacks. Sometimes, clothing belonging to the culture the music they play comes from.
  7. Are they attention-seeking or low-key nerdy? Low-key nerdy, focused on theory, very sincere.
  8. Do they wing it or plan and follow routines? Rigid routines and prepared performances.

10. The Cover Slayer

  1. Do they collab with others? Sometimes, mainly solo performances.
  2. Do they have fixed bandmates? No. But they sometimes play in many bands because they can pick up any song quickly.
  3. What equipment do they use? Looping pedal, multi-effects processor, 4 guitars for different types of sounds.
  4. What model of a guitar is their primary choice? Yamaha Pacifica.
  5. What is their primary job? Wedding musician.
  6. What is their appearance like? Smart casual.
  7. Are they attention-seeking or low-key nerdy? Attention-seeking needs to keep the crowd engaged.
  8. Do they wing it or plan and follow routines? Plans setlists but often takes audience requests.

11. The Innovator

  1. Do they collab with others? Yes, often guest stars with famous musicians and works with engineers and acousticians.
  2. Do they have fixed bandmates? No, versatile and adaptable to various musical settings.
  3. What equipment do they use? Custom-designed guitars with advanced electronics and state-of-the-art recording studio.
  4. What model of a guitar is their primary choice? A custom guitar of their own design, incorporating smart technology and ergonomic features.
  5. What is their primary job? Youtube sensation. Acoustic Engineer, and Professional Guitarist.
  6. What is their appearance like? A blend of academic and rockstar—blazers paired with stylish boots, often seen in glasses. Very brandable face.
  7. Are they attention-seeking or low-key nerdy? Low-key nerdy when it comes to engineering, show-off when it comes to demonstrating innovations on stage.
  8. Do they wing it or plan and follow routines? Plans meticulously in the engineering aspect but allows room for improvisation in performances.

So, which guitarist persona are you? Can you classify your favorite guitarists as one of these?

Let me know in the comments if you relate to these or found something missing! 😀

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