This month’s article is interactive! That’s right, you have an opportunity to voice your opinion and I’ll publish the collective feedback next month.
The topic is… branding.
Before you click the back button, hear me out.
The simple definition of the word ‘brand’ is the image that a particular product has in a person’s mind. Let’s use some examples to illustrate this idea.
If I were to say the word… facial tissue… and ask you what product name comes into your head first, those of you in North America would likely say… Kleenex.
If we were talking about cars and I said… safety… what car would you think of? Most likely Volvo. Staying on the car theme, what if I said… ultra-luxury? Rolls Royce, right?
OK, you get the picture. Now, let’s play the same game only related to guitar amps. Here’s a couple to get you warmed up.
Metal. Let’s see, I would probably say… Mesa Dual Recto. Jazz. Hmmm… I’d go for Polytone Mini Brute. Rare. Easy! I’ve only ever seen one of these… on stage behind Robben Ford… Dumble.
Wanna have a go at it? Just copy the following table, paste it into an email (click on the link at the bottom of this article), fill in as many answers as you want and click on send. I’ve left some blanks so you can even write in a few of your own categories. Easy! I’ll tabulate the results and Next month we’ll see if there are any surprises! I’ll also let you know how the answers varied in each category.
|Fender Clone||Vintage – Cheap|
|Marshall Clone||Vintage – Expensive|
|Most Complicated||Vox Clone|
|Off-Brand Vintage||Best Kept Secret|
|American Sound||British Sound|
Let’s have some fun!