Some of it is about what inspires you.- Did Billie Shakespeare (whoever she really was) need a Profundo #6 quill - pre-1590 only! - and a certain type of paper or he couldn’t get down to business ?
-Did Van Gogh dream about the day he could afford the vintage palette knife he had always lusted after ? Was it fixated in his noggin that only then would he get the results that he was after ?
A million cross-thoughts and permutations suddenly arise even when you turn the spotlight directly back on guitarists and more specifically their obsession with “vintage”.
How much of Joe Bonamassa’s live audience would drop off if he was suddenly only touring with a pink Jackson from the 80’s completely with modern wiggle stick - much like the one Jeff Beck used for a second in the 80’s
Then your brain hops over to Jeff Beck and you realize he was creating his art for a lot of the last 40 years with off the rack equipment.
And for those who pursue other avenues in the arts, are you as obsessive over the equipment used in that endeavor as you are with your musical tools ?
The mind reels…
Disclosure : this thought was burst out of my craggy brain, because I was reading an interview with Joe Henry who is a phenomenal singer songwriter and producer with an extremely poetic but down to earth use of words, and he’s also a vintage nut of many interests but could no doubt create using my Farida (cheap Chinese Gibson LG-2 knockoff) just as easily as one of his old Martins and Gibsons …
Talked to a woodcarver about another woodcarvers work. Apparently his carving had gone to s when he changed over to machine buffing his chisels as a final step in the sharpening process. So yeah. They obsess about tools of the trade and technique.Talk to a wood carver sometime about chisels and chisel sharpening.