Like many, when I found this forum MANY years ago I discovered "modding", and fell for it hook, one and sinker. Why not? It's super easy to swap saddles, pots, pickups, caps, etc. Next were pedals. Why not, right? Why go with just a regular old RAT pedal when you can get a boutique, modded, and supposedly "improved" version of a classic? What I discovered over the years was, and as bitter of a pill as it was to swallow, was NONE of that stuff made me a better player, and although I had spent countless hours "researching" and thinking about the next mod that would surely take me to the next level, I still sucked! I refocused my energy to play more and worry less about gear. In the quest I learned what I liked and what I didnt like, and found that if something wasn't going my way or sounded the way I wanted, it usually wasn't my gear that was to blame, it was me. I also learned to dial in the gear that I currently had and instead of coming up with an excuse to get a new pedal, new pickups, etc., I just worked more with what I had. I know it all depends on what each person's goals and priorities are, but my guess is many of us want to be better players, but it's just way easier to go buy something new than it is to practice, plain and simple.