BY CJ JACOBSON
The short answer is no. Gear, be it cheap or expensive, doesn't make a song sound great or even decent. You can make fantastic songs with a $79 microphone, a $159 audio interface, some basic cables, a decent guitar, a decent bass, a $99 MIDI controller like the Akai mini 25 key and a decent drum program.
With skill and talent, you can make #1 hits with mediocre cheap gear. The gear isn't going to make you play guitar better or write a better song or arrange a better song. With that said, yes a more exspensive guitar may feel better in your hands and may give you more inspiration in performaing better. This is the only exception.
This Is What It Takes To Makes A Great Song
Good performances when recording
Song writing skills
Knowing how to arrange a song so it flows
The basic understanding of music theory
Proper recording techniques
Proper mixing techniques
No where do I mention gear, as gear is just a tool, just like a hammer is a tool. Lets look at it in a different perspective.
Let's say you get the most expensive hammer and give it to someone with no building experience and then you get the cheapest hammer and give it to someone with a lot of building experience. Who do you think will build a better desk?Exactly! The person with the cheapest hammer will build a better desk. The same exact scenario goes for music production.
Another example to prove my point. One person is an artist and the other is just starting to learn how to paint.
You give thesev2 different people the same canvas and paint, but you give the most expensive paint brushes to the artist who is just starting to learn and you give the cheapest paint brushes to the trained artist with more skills and talent.
Who will paint a better painting? BINGO, the artist with the cheaper paint brushes, because he has more skills and talent.
So please do not think that buying that sexy shiny new piece of gear will automatically make your songs sound great. It wont. You will be better off learning and honing your craft.