I taught myself to play in the teen years, became somewhat of a gear whore after college but then started moving around a lot, in my car, truck, etc. which tends to limit acquisitions, if I couldn't fit it in it didn't get to go. This kind of traveling has stripped me down to "bare essentials": 2 amps, 2 pedals, 3 electrics, 3 acoustics, banjo and mandolin. Ive always been more songwriter than noodler if that makes sense. Nowadays the gear to me is more like a toolbox, it's all tools to get what you want out of it. Happy strumming folks.