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Discussion in 'Band Wagon' started by haggardfan1, Dec 27, 2016.
Lol. Now it's been addressed.
I've sold everything I had....twice! Don't do it man you will regret it.
Slide your favorite tele under the bed. Stick your favorite 15w amp in a dry warm closet. Dump the rest of the gear and enjoy what sounds like a great life. Pull the guitar out once a week just to keep up some chops.
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If you want to , or need the cash , just sell most of it....They are just tools , and can be required again later
The music that you still have in you , will come out through the gear you have left, or through the gear you buy later
Good luck !
Prayer for blessings on the transition to whatever you do next.
When I stepped out in the 90's I started building model cars as my "time" hobby , actually professionally. If I say so myself I became pretty darn good and I probably built over 100 models on consignment over a 5 year period . Average consignment price was around $100 . I built mostly Corvettes, they were models of local Corvette club owner cars. It was quite fun for bit, until I got the bug to play again . Well, I put the glue away and picked up the tuner ! It was an excellent break . I came back playing totally different, I lost a few executions but gained many other new ones. All is well. been back just shy of 20 years with a totally different perspective.
Take a break, you'll know when it's time to crank it back up.
Good luck, enjoy life !
I went through the quitting thing. It was rough. I kept my gear--I've more than doubled it in fact, since "quitting"--and I play at home, record, write...I just don't really gig anymore, and probably won't any time in the near future. And I'm okay with it.
I just decided that I was done. It was pretty quick, and really not that long ago, but with the decision came a lot of relief. Best of luck.
Well I played in bands from 1960 to 1985 and had offers to do summer seasons/ cruising etc. but with partners and kids between us it wasn't viable.
We worked most every Fri/Sat/Sun plus some in the week, earned good money as well as having full time jobs. As you can guess it left me worn out. So in 1985 I quit, bought an old caravan, and spent weekends away with kids etc. which I wasn't doing before and I totally relaxed. The big shock was money, it went down by half!!
I never played a note fore 11 years, not a note, but I kept all my stuff. it coincided with a low period in my life, car accident, divorce etc. Then an old friend asked me to show him how to play guitar. I retrieved my stuff from storage at my mums, and had to relearn to play myself!
This in turn got me playing gigs again from 1997 till recently, when I thought that was all finished! I now own more guitars and amps than previously. Unfortunately I have got axle neuropathy (last 5 years or so) which has left me with weak hands and fingers, and playing is a frustrating struggle. But hey....I'm 73 so I've had a good innings!
So don't throw everything away - give life time - and you'll come back to it. When I was feeling low my Mum said "life is a wheel, today you are at the bottom, but it will turn and you will be at the top again" stay strong.
The instruments I've kept when I quit playing multiple times are in the closet and under the bed, not preferred over the latest stuff I bought. The old instruments laying around have limited what I can buy now because the wife says I have to sell something first.