Darrell goes gaga over Sire S3

DougMen

Squier-Axpert
Jun 8, 2017
11,736
Honolulu, HI
I don't really pay much attention to any YouTuber's opinions. I go for the sound samples. Lee and Pete liked the Sire a lot, and liked the Yamaha the least, but, as I said, their opinion doesn't really matter to me. However, I do agree with Pete that the CV nails the classic vintage Strat tone, especially on the neck pickup, with some lighter bluesy overdrive, where it just sounds so right.
 

backporchmusic

Squier-Nut
Sep 6, 2014
972
Va
I've always found this strange. The idea is that he's just a regular guy (he and the other youtubers/influencers), so he is 'authentic' and more trustworthy than a company advertising its product.

But he is under no real legal obligation to disclose whether or not he is getting recompense or any sort, since he's just a guy making videos on youtube. The ones that tell when they have been given free equipment or such do so voluntarily as an effort to show they are impartial.
But again, disclosing that in no way binds them to 'authentic' or impartial commentary.

The saddest part is that it is a money making scam that uses your time, attention and clicks to fund lifestyles, bills, vacations, etc. The videos all generally play the viewer for a sucker. It's like a salesman who just needs to make 100 phone calls a week to get paid. The video isn't anything of value at all, it's just a salesman's call in order to get paid.

They are algorhythmic--they all know the optional run time, they use similar video title structures, etc etc etc.

I don't want to fund these monkeys, so I don't watch. I will watch a 'how to fix a broken water heater' type video though, since it offers practical information, not just opinions delivered to me in order to line the creator's pockets, just because I am a simp and need/follow the opinions of other men because they are so awesome.
 
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Mikey Mike

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Nov 11, 2018
761
Mo.
I've always found this strange. The idea is that he's just a regular guy (he and the other youtubers/influencers), so he is 'authentic' and more trustworthy than a company advertising its product.

But he is under no real legal obligation to disclose whether or not he is getting recompense or any sort, since he's just a guy making videos on youtube. The ones that tell when they have been given free equipment or such do so voluntarily as an effort to show they are impartial.
But again, disclosing that in no way binds them to 'authentic' or impartial commentary.

The saddest part is that it is a money making scam that uses your time, attention and clicks to fund lifestyles, bills, vacations, etc. The videos all generally play the viewer for a sucker. It's like a salesman who just needs to make 100 phone calls a week to get paid. The video isn't anything of value at all, it's just a salesman's call in order to get paid.

They are algorhythmic--they all know the optional run time, they use similar video title structures, etc etc etc.

I don't want to fund these monkeys, so I don't watch. I will watch a 'how to fix a broken water heater' type video though, since it offers practical information, not just opinions delivered to me in order to line the creator's pockets, just because I am a simp and need/follow the opinions of other men because they are so awesome.
I don't know about all that.

I have watched "regular" guys messing with guitars,
those are the ones that make me cringe!

I do not watch every video, only the ones of interest.
One might have a good setup video, another might
have a good video on related task I'm doing, and
another might just be plain old fun to watch.

Darrel has done some excellent mods

One my favorites Texas Toast Guitars is now sponsored
by StewMac and I do not watch all of theirs by a longshot
either.
 
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backporchmusic

Squier-Nut
Sep 6, 2014
972
Va
Amazon is working hard to crack down on reviews that are given after receiving a free/discounted product. Reviews now have to indicate any affiliation or compensation right at the top. Amazon is a behemoth and doing this is a constant effort and will take time.

These you tube vids do not have to do that. The more professional they appear, the more likely they are un-disclosed paid endorsement. You can tell--they all have some minor complaint to seem like they are actually giving it an honest take, but all else is product specs and compliments.

The 'problem' won't ever be a deal killer. 'This won't really rock hard because it doesn't have humbuckers.' 'You can't go to half wattage output on the amp, so it might be too loud.'
 

Genghis Bomb

Squier-Meister
Jul 6, 2021
134
Newfoundland
I've always found this strange. The idea is that he's just a regular guy (he and the other youtubers/influencers), so he is 'authentic' and more trustworthy than a company advertising its product.

But he is under no real legal obligation to disclose whether or not he is getting recompense or any sort, since he's just a guy making videos on youtube. The ones that tell when they have been given free equipment or such do so voluntarily as an effort to show they are impartial.
I have a much bigger problem with guys that review guitars, and play them into super expensive rigs. The difference between a $500 guitar into a $5,000 amp, and a $1,500 guitar into that same $5,000 amp are minute. This is most egregious with budget guitars, which often (surprise suprise) *all* sound good. There are a few Youtube "review" channels that I will *avoid* everytime, as they are obviously just hawking the product.
 

DougMen

Squier-Axpert
Jun 8, 2017
11,736
Honolulu, HI
Problem is a lot of these guys get free guitars from the manufacturer so they almost always feel obligated to give good reviews.
Proof? Show me a video of any of them with a disclaimer that they were given the guitar to keep, because that is a requirement if it's true, Besides that, I actually don't give a rat's a** what any of their opinions are, since I choose to make my own opinions. I watch the videos for sound samples of products, whether guitars, amps, or pedals, not for their opinions or sales pitches.
 

Mikey Mike

Squier-Nut
Nov 11, 2018
761
Mo.
I fell for this Squier that Darrel put together so much,
that I did mine near the same, my Assassin has roller string trees,
roller saddles and black jack plate. I like the roller saddles,
not so much the string trees (they don't roll independently!).

The 4th pic shows the pickguard screws were changed out to black...

 

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