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how many guitarists in the US?
#2130833 11/02/09 07:47 PM
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Anybody know? The search engines don't turn up any decent results.

My guess, for what it's worth, is based on how many people got up to play in my high school's annual talent show. Out of 1200 people, there may have been 6 guitar players. That's one in 200. Multiplying by the population of the US (307 million) gets me to 1.5 million.

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Johan Larson #2130836 11/02/09 07:57 PM
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Oh heck, I finally found it. A Gallup/NAMM survey came up with the number 16 million. (link)

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well, that is only 15.9 million more than we need.


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Well at least that means there is lots of choices for equipment. thu

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Originally Posted By: Bill@Welcome Home Studios
well, that is only 15.9 million more than we need.


well played, sir.

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but we need more than we need to keep the guitar stores/manufactures in business...16 million is a lot of customers for all the pedals, guitars, amps and other junk that we must keep producing in order to help us with our GAS attacks...


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That number is also probably good for Music Go Round, Craigslist and thousands of pawn shops across the USA.


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No one is going to bother making cool gear-even if most of it is redundant, overpriced, planned obsolescence gear-for 0.5 million guitarists. That`s irrespective of the fact that saying `guitarists` runs the gamut from those who shouldn`t have them (ever), to those who can`t do anything else.


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skipclone 1 #2130957 11/03/09 08:58 AM
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Of course, that there are 16 million guitar players in the US means GP has less than one percent market penetration, since they only sell 112 thousand issues per month.

I am quite certain their investors have not failed to remind them of this.

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Originally Posted By: Bill@Welcome Home Studios
well, that is only 15.9 million more than we need.


My sentiments exactly, especially on college campuses. sick


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Reminding me of a conversation I had with this French horn player. The young lady told me "there are too MANY French horn players" and I said, "yeah, sometimes I feel that there too many guitarists." Her reply:

THAT'S FOR SURE!!!

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I wonder how many of those 16 million are capable of playing at least one song from start to finish? grin

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I saw a beer commercial once that said every American male tries to learn to play the guitar at least once. Might even be true...


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I wonder how many of those 16 million are capable of playing at least one song from start to finish? grin


Yeah, you know...I've often used the "ist", or similar, at the end of a the instrument name, to imply the difference between a pro and some one who can simply play.

I know hundreds of folks who can pick up a guitar and clumsily strum a G chord and possible fake their way through a D. But are they "guitarists"? No, not really.

There are people who can play the guitar and then there are "Guitarists". For example, I can play the drums, I'm actually quite good at it, but I would never consider myself "a drummer".

So the question really should not be "how many guitar players are there", but "how many guitarists are there".

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Originally Posted By: Jack the Picker
I saw a beer commercial once that said every American male tries to learn to play the guitar at least once. Might even be true...


Everything I need to know I learned from beer commercials razz wink grin

But seriously whistle the ones that try to learn guitar are the ones who can't get laid by way of playing football. shocked

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Originally Posted By: Bill@Welcome Home Studios
well, that is only 15.9 million more than we need.


I'll take that as a compliment grin

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Originally Posted By: duff beer
I wonder how many of those 16 million are capable of playing at least one song from start to finish? grin


Yeah, you know...I've often used the "ist", or similar, at the end of a the instrument name, to imply the difference between a pro and some one who can simply play.

I know hundreds of folks who can pick up a guitar and clumsily strum a G chord and possible fake their way through a D. But are they "guitarists"? No, not really.

There are people who can play the guitar and then there are "Guitarists". For example, I can play the drums, I'm actually quite good at it, but I would never consider myself "a drummer".

So the question really should not be "how many guitar players are there", but "how many guitarists are there".


not a drummerist?

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I wonder how many of those 16 million are capable of playing at least one song from start to finish?


Me! Me! Me!

I'm pretty sure Vai & Satriani can as well...

3 down, 15,999,997 to go!

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Originally Posted By: Zan of the Dead

a drummerist?


Remember, a drummerist with 1 bass drum is a "Bashtracian," and one with 2 bass drums is a "Drummerdary."

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Is this part of the census program ?
Are we as a group finally going to be recognized for our contributions to USA (& world) culture with some sort of govt. dispensations ?


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But seriously whistle the ones that try to learn guitar are the ones who can't get laid by way of playing football. shocked


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Guitarzan #2131169 11/03/09 07:12 PM
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Originally Posted By: Guitarzan

not a drummerist?


If a guitarist is someone who plays the guitar (well), then a drummerist is someone who plays the drummer (well). grin

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Then I don't want to meet a therapist...


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Originally Posted By: Guitarzan

not a drummerist?


If a guitarist is someone who plays the guitar (well), then a drummerist is someone who plays the drummer (well). grin


that would be the drummers girlfriend

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Far too many


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Back in 1972 or so, my jazz guitar teacher told me "there are 11 MILLION guitar players out there" meaning that none of us should think that "hey, I'm the only guy out there that's BAD"... LOL.

Given the population increase since then, 16 million seems about right....

As far as "too many guitarists", I have to say, speaking seriously for a change, that even musical geniuses start out as beginners. I am happy to see people with guitar cases on the subway or street just about every day... any of whom MIGHT be the next Segovia, Wes, Hendrix, Van Halen... name your own heroes!

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Wow... 16 million is more than I would think!

How many professional guitar players are there? Sole source of income, that's all they do kinda of people?

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Wow... 16 million is more than I would think!

How many professional guitar players are there? Sole source of income, that's all they do kinda of people?

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