Anyone else content with their gear ?

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  1. Scooter

    Scooter Strat-Talk Member

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    After a few decades of playing, well over 1000 gigs, several boutique amps, countless pedals, several guitars, etc., etc., I've reached a point where I care less about the gear. I'm not sure what happened, but it's a great feeling. I've focused a lot more energy on improving my playing and I'm doing more recording and writing than I ever have (thanks in part to the pandemic, of course). My playing has advanced and I'm playing better than ever. I get way more satisfaction out of that than buying some new gizmo.

    I do still look at gear and there will be things in these forums that catch my eye, but I evaluate my needs based on whether or not a given piece of gear will be a useful and valuable tool. After all, any guitar/amp/pedal/whatever is just a tool to make music. As the saying goes, the tools don't make the carpenter. The carpenter needs a good suitable set of tools, but there's a point at which that doesn't matter.
     
  2. dbolt

    dbolt Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    I am. I’m waiting on a pedal that i bought two days ago. 10 guitars and 9 amps ought to be enough. I think I need a banjo though. Or a resonator. Or both.
     
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  3. stormsedge

    stormsedge Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Hmmmm...no, I still want to change a few things---for no good reason, except to change. Yesterday, I made a Reverb purchase of a Gretsch G5232T Duo Jet...I'd been looking at them for months.
     
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  4. Electgumbo

    Electgumbo Not Of This Earth

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    Content with gear....

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  5. Stevn

    Stevn Strat-O-Master

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    I love my stuff, but I can’t stop. I make all the tones I love, I don’t need anymore gear, but I can’t stop. I still have acoustics from the late 1960’s.
    I’m waiting on a Harley Benton T-52 natural finish from Germany right now. But I already have a fender tele. WTF am I thinking??
     
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  6. Boubou

    Boubou Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I am very content with my gear, that’s why I am refraining from buying more
     
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  7. surfnturf

    surfnturf Strat-Talker

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    Fairly content... for now. I'm sure that will change as soon as the pandemic is over and people start getting together again to play. Then I'll realize I actually hate all my gear and that I need new __________________ (amps, guitars, pickups, effects, fill in the blank ;-)).
     
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  8. Wrighty

    Wrighty Most Honored Senior Member

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    Friend of mine is like that, I don’t envy him though, he’s got a ukulele !
     
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  9. Handsome McClane

    Handsome McClane Strat-O-Master Silver Member

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    I'm getting there. Back in the summer I decided I'd rather have a few good pieces rather than a bunch of so-so. So I sold four guitars and an amp, but then I ended up buying five guitars and an amp with the money. I'm a lot happier with my new stuff though; it fits me and my style better than what I sold.
     
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  10. rlongnt

    rlongnt Strat-O-Master

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    As far as electrics, amps and pedals go I feel extremely lucky to have what I already do.
     
  11. jbylake

    jbylake Regular Dude Silver Member

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    If you're like me, you'll find that a pedal board is never done, it just goes through different iterations. I looked at a pic of my pedal board 10 or more years ago, and there isn't a single pedal on there that's on my current board.:p
     
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  12. Bob Spumoni

    Bob Spumoni Senior Stratmaster

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    I am very content with my guitars

    Does that mean I "have all I need"? Heh heh. That's my wife's view.

    Here's a tip: when you get to a certain number, the wife struggles to remember them all, and you can just slip in a newbie undetected from time to time. Then you say,"Oh no, I've had that for a while." You need not say that a "while" is like an hour. Just a tip for you newlyweds.
     
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  13. WelhavenT

    WelhavenT Strat-O-Master

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    Yeah, been through many versions. However, some of the same pedals keeps coming back time after time, and Small Stone never left.
     
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    myredstrat Senior Stratmaster

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    my wife told me I am
     
  15. Nadnitram

    Nadnitram Most Honored Senior Member

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    You do! I bought one just before Thanksgiving, and I can't believe how much fun I'm having playing it.

    I can also tell you that Banjo Hangout is not nearly as enjoyable as Strat Talk, but I did find a guy (Jim Pankey) there who makes incredibly good instructional videos.
     
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  16. Arvelup

    Arvelup New Member! Silver Member

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    Yes, I am. Last year I hankered over adding a Strat with a coil splitter combo and a Les Paul with P90s. Just because.....
    Didn't feel I could justify the expense of originals as I'd recently retired, so built my own. One from parts individually sourced and the other a "New Jersey" kit. By no means is either perfect comparable with an original Custom Shop, the necks being the most difficult to get right, but I'm happy! I keep mine on display (I know not necessarily a good thing for them), but when I walk past them I can't help but smile and ponder, "they are all extraordinarily beautiful, I'm so lucky, which one should I play today?"
     
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  17. bad player

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    6 amps is probably too much, at least now that everything has been stopped by official requests. No band rehearsals, no gigs, nothing.
    10 guitars is maybe 1 too much, because almost every day I play the PRS only. The gems lie in their cases crying...
    The last one I bought was a stock Epi 335 from Anderton's. Had to take it to my luthier because of a fret problem. So, now it is almost perfect. Might sell it and buy a Gibson 335 instead?

    Soundwise, my home-made Uraltone amp beats every factory made amp I've gotten my hands onto. The Marshall, Roland, Fender, AER and Warwick have had a time off for 3 months now.
     
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  18. albala

    albala Most Honored Senior Member

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    Yes, finally content with my gear.

    I mean, I am having pickups replaced on a guitar, but after that, I think I'm done.

    In the last 6 months, I got two guitars that I've wants for over 25 years.

    I always said they were the 'last two I needed'

    Maybe one day I'll get a vintage Fender combo amp or something old and cool, but I couldn't be more content with my gear.

    Now the hard part...learning to play
     
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  19. pepper56

    pepper56 Strat-Talk Member

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    Yep..... A Strat, LP, and a Matin. My Amp is the same as has been for decades, My 65' Fender Twin
     
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  20. CigBurn

    CigBurn Total Hack

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    Yes I'm pretty much content guitar wise, though I have been pondering a one off unique scratch build for this summer just to see if I can pull it off. I'm probably gonna end up buying a neck for it and maybe one or two others, part of my trickle down neck philosophy. Wouldn't throw out a good deal on a smaller Marshall either. Pedals, always seeing something out there that's tempting but at this point its become less about need and more about want/curiosity.

    Other than that though, I'm good. <eyeroll>
     
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