I obsess over gear way more when I have the time to sit around and do that. When I have the time to sit around and do that, it's usually because nothing else is going on or work is slow. Being that I'm self employed, work being slow is a more depressing experience than it may be for those with normal jobs, so I wouldn't be surprised if it is some sort of lack of fulfillment thing.LOL.. I'm half joking, half serious. It doesn't take a Sherlock Holmes to realize most gear-heads have addictive personalities. (Realistically, you could say that about most talented musicians.)
Obviously we have both needs and desires, depending on what music means to us. Some of my purchases are very practical, and easily justified. Some are definitely just me convincing myself that the grass is greener on the other side. If you find yourself absolutely obsessing over a piece of gear, to the point of focusing more on it than you are actually playing.. It might be time to practice some mindfulness and ask yourself what you're trying to avoid addressing in your life.
I have definitely correlated a lack of fulfillment in my life with increased spending on gear. I tend to obsess way more over gear when I'm not actively gigging... Which is ironic, because it's incredibly difficult to make informed decisions on tone when you're not even using the gear in context.
I have said it before, and I will say it again: There is no vaccine for the disease that is GAS.
There's definitely an element of this, which is hilarious because I can't play ANY guitar as well as an SG and I know this. I've confirmed this 50+ times. Yet...The inability to play the 12 I already have. Maybe the next one will be incredible action and feel... and then I can play like a pro.
You mean like this one?Is it just me or are we all guilty about thinking that $2400 isnt a lot of money for a 2004 Les Paul Classic?? .
Thats what i want next.
2004 LP Classic in Antique or Vintage burst. The green inlays i thought were hideous in 05, but i want one now. With documents.
That's a favorite book of mine. I got a used copy a few years ago, and it's my go to book for chords and general music theory. I learn something everytime I pick it up.I have a list based on a book my Dad had buried away in the book case. He got an acoustic and that book and tried to learn how to play. It mostly sat in the corner for years, until I changed the strings and learned how to tune it and I was off! It was The Guitar Handbook by Ralph Denyer. I've still got the book. It's pretty battered. It's an old 80's copy with a cool walnut EB bass on the cover amongst other cool guitars. On the inside cover there is a picture of a 335 and boogie combo... I've got the boogie combo, I'm working on the 335! I've read it cover to cover hundreds of times and I still pull things from the chord book at the back.....
Edgy! Very impressive! Which of the two do you use for preproduction in the studio? And are we talking about self inflicted pain? What about outdoor festival gigs? Does your rig change depending on the venue, or is it more focused on sounding super badass?Pussy and pain are the only two pieces of gear anyone needs to make music.
Pussy is a euphemism for cunt and a dysphemism for love when used in a phrase about “pain and pussy” in a 2005 drama entitled “hustle and flow”. It is touching in the essence of what music is about.Edgy! Very impressive! Which of the two do you use for preproduction in the studio? And are we talking about self inflicted pain? What about outdoor festival gigs? Does your rig change depending on the venue, or is it more focused on sounding super badass?
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Agreed. It took me a long time to figure out that just because I like a guitar doesn't mean I have to own it. I also stopped trying to emulate my hero's long ago and learned that it's okay to play Led Zeppelin tunes on a Strat.There was a time when I bought new guitars (and amps and pedals) because they were different from what I already had and I figured I needed at least one of every kind so I could "cover all my bases". Years later I have come to know what I like and what I don't like; what works for me and what doesn't and my need for versatility is greatly diminished. I have found myself. I have found my sound and my style. Something I should have done long before but I'm glad I finally arrived. Nowadays, the only time GAS has any affect on me is when I see something that might help me sharpen the focus of my sound and my style. Put a finer point on it. My wallet is very grateful to me for having become this man.