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Are you endorsed?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by DannyBob, Dec 27, 2013.

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Are you endorsed?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

    26 vote(s)
    89.7%
  1. DannyBob

    DannyBob

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    Just wondering how many of you guys are endorsed?

    I personally am not, but would like to know how - apart from the standard "you need publicity and to play well etc."

    Thanks
  2. drummer5359

    drummer5359 Gold Supporting Member

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    You have it somewhat backwards. The artist endorses the manufacturer's product, not the other way around.

    I endorse a few products, but nobody cares. ;)

    When your music makes an impact upon enough other musicians a manufacturer MAY be interested in your endorsement.
  3. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Supporting Member

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    ^ what he said.


    Edit - that was a bit abbreviated. First, if you don't use and love the equipment you're interested in endorsing FIRST, you're doing it wrong. Very few endorsements involve free gear, at least for anyone other than the top tier guys. Most deals involve getting gear at steep discounts (what basically amounts to dealer cost). The real advantage to a deal is the relationship between you and the company you're already wildly enthusiastic about anyway.
  4. DannyBob

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    Oh. I get it now :) that was basically what I didn't get at first. Wow. That makes so much sense....hahahaha
  5. HeavyRockBasser

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    I'm endorsed by Air Guitars. They are always looking for new talent, if you would like me to give you their contact info.

    The only problem I've had with them is that every time I put away any of the gear that I've received, I can never find it again!
  6. DannyBob

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    Don't think they would be interested in a guy over here in the UK (no one ever is ;)) but thanks anyway man
  7. GlennW

    GlennW Supporting Member

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    The big name companies pay me not to use their stuff.
  8. Joe Louvar

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    I hope this doesn't turn into one of those "I'll endorse you, if you endorse me" threads. :D
  9. HeavyRockBasser

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    Mine was an attempt at humor. It was only intended to entertain. I didn't mean to mislead anyone.
  10. Phalex

    Phalex Yeah, I've got the moves like Jagger. Supporting Member

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    I'll give you fifty bucks to order a new Roscoe for me........
  11. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Supporting Member

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    That'll get it started. Just send the other 3 grand before you get it.
  12. mimaz

    mimaz Gold Supporting Member

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    It's a mutually beneficial relationship. Kinda like friends with benefits.
  13. Marcus Willett

    Marcus Willett Supporting Member

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    What he said.
  14. DannyBob

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    Thanks guys :) I wasn't interested really in getting one myself at the moment, just wanted to know the process of 'how it's done'.
  15. Dave Curran

    Dave Curran Lilduke Supporting Member

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    So it's basically just "supersized customer service" with your favorite brand('s)?
  16. newbold

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    Perhaps you're referring to sponsorships...which, if I'm not mistaken, are even harder to come by.
  17. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt Supporting Member

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  18. DannyBob

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  19. Kmonk

    Kmonk

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    :D
    It can go both ways. It really depends on the manufacturer and the artist. I am listed on Spector's site as an endorsing artist and can buy direct at a discount. Same for Curt Mangan Strings. I was given the same opportunity with EBS Amplifiers but turned it down.
  20. JTE

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    Like most threads regarding endorsements, there's a serious disregard for definitions. To endorse means to recommend, to attest to the veracity of. The deal is the ARTIST does the endorsing. Joe Cool says "Fugly Kilowatt is the GREATEST bass amp in the world!" and Fugly Kilowatt LLC provides Joe and his band gear. Maybe free, but not very often. More likely they'll help with tour support, making sure their amps are available for Joe to use for a TV gig so they don't have too much hassle moving gear around, and providing replacement if the main rig goes down on tour. There's a lot of levels, but not nearly as much free gear as some TB folks believe, and even less "endorsement for cash" deals than the more jaundiced TB people would assert. Read the thread Roy Vogt linked to- it's a good overview of the music biz.

    But remember, the musician does the endorsing and endorses the gear, they don't get endorsed unless your mom says she likes you- that's her endorsing you.

    John

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