Guitarist plays $90 acoustic for headline set at Guinness World Records’ largest-attended music festival

Bernth playing acoustic guitar on stage
(Image credit: Bernth/YouTube)

By now, we’re all wise to the fact that you don’t need the most expensive gear to make your tone sound great. It’s a theory that’s been disproved many times, not least by the legion of pro players who have played cheap guitars over the years, such as Eddie Van Halen and St. Vincent.

Recently, there’s been a renaissance of the “cheap guitars and huge stages” movement, which received new attention after Scott Poley played a $40 Harley Benton Strat copy every night on a 113-date arena tour.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.