Would an unlimited gear budget be boring?

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  1. rocknrollrich

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    If everyone sends me a donation, we could find out
     
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    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too.

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    Then you'd just wind up like this:
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    I used to work in aviation and travelled several times to the Middle East. Walked into a hangar in Abu Dhabi and met the expat Engineering Manager working on the landing gear of a 747. The aircraft was being prepared for a respray. He told me that his boss, Crown Prince Sheik Al blahblah had bought it because Sheik whatsisname in the Emirate next door had two and he only had the one. This and similar experiences have always made me think, how do you cope with the sort of life where you can wake up everyday and buy, literally, anything on the market? Similar thing happened with a helicopter. I walked into a hangar and there was one chopper of the two in the fleet and an engine and gearbox. Seems what had happened was the owner had asked the crew to ready one of the two for a short flight the following week. It was used as we’d use a car, trips of ten miles to go to a camel race were common. Anyways, there was a minor fault on the aircraft but the guy was adamant that he wanted to use that one. Without hesitation he ordered the maintenance crew to get a complete new engine and gearbox assembly installed. They tracked an assembly down to a place in Canada, paid far over the odds for it, (it would have been low $Millions anyway), got it shipped and installed by working 24/7. The old engine was still sitting in the corner of the hangar when I next visited, eight months later. It could still be there. To the owner it was petty cash, a bit like you or I leaving set of plugs on the bench. Unbelievable.
     
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    The only thing that would change for me is that I'd probably have some vintage guitars. I feel like amp wise, I'm happy. I get most excited about improving my playing with practice, and I learned a long time ago that new gear never makes me play better.
     
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    I would probably create a museum of gear, similar to what Bonamassa has but open to the public and a lot of it will be playable upon reservation
     
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    If I had essentially "unlimited money" from winning the lottery or the like, I'd probably start a combination recording studio and guitar boutique. It would be a nice way to have a tax write-off while enjoying unlimited gear.
     
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    I would just buy my Marshall Class 5 back, maybe the MIJ ST-57 Strat back, and invest in an efficient man cave where I could jam, record, have friends over, all without disturbing anybody or being disturbed myself. Recording equipment would be my priority, but nothing too fancy, just reliable with good enough quality. Separate live room and mixing room, with the glass, good ventilation. A big couch. A friend of mine had pretty much all of this, but his "studio" had such a bad ventilation; the air in there was probably 15 years old.

    It's not such an expensive or luxurious dream. I could get it under 50K in US dollars, especially where I live. For some 50k is pocket money, for some it's the realization of a life dream.
     
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    Nadnitram Most Honored Senior Member

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    I don't need anything expensive. I'd keep it pretty basic: "Hmmm, I think I need a new Squier. I think I'll see what they have in stock ...











    ... in beautiful Fiji!"

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    There are some things I could get, but I'm seriously really happy with the gear I've got. I'd divert my unlimited gear budget to cover food and lodging so I could spend all my time playing the gear I already have!
     
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    Yes. It would. All our tangible sh*t looses its luster eventually.
     
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    I get this. When someone says “I bought X guitar”, all of the naysayers come out of the woodwork to say what a rube you are for paying that much for a bolted instrument. doesn’t bother me much, as their opinion is not driving my happiness.

    I don’t think having an unlimited budget would be more or less boring. Certainly there will be more guitars with an unlimited budget, but I’m not sure the desire to just go into shops and play and choose would be there. The temptation would be to buy “everything” and then maybe play at home for a bit and then resell what one didn’t want. So, some of the fun I have had getting stuff would be lost.
     
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    Aw Hell Naw! Unlimited gear, doesn't get any better than that. Rock and Roll Heaven. ENJOY!!!
     
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    Unlimited budget? I would add a large studio with isolated rooms to my house then hire a decent engineer and record local bands.
     
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    I think you can probably use an equation for this. The underlying concept is 'marginal satisfaction'. The idea is basically this: if you have one 1958 Les Paul, you'll be totally stoked for the rest of you life. By the time you've bought 10 of them, the last one won't mean anything like as much to you.

    If I was smart enough to know, or even understand the equation,I'd post it!
     
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    Need more practice, not more gear
     
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    Bowmap I nose a thang or two Platinum Supporting Member

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    Unlimited gear budget... hmmm... Is that before or after I acquire Gibson and Fender?
     
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    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    I have 8 guitars, 2 basses, 5 amps, and various pedals. I guess I am at least as crazy as you, but compared to some other members here, we are amateurs.
     
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    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    After you acquire Fender, can I get an Ebidis signature model?
     
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    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    You mean an egotistical *****?