You must be in your early ‘40’s…hahaha. I went through that as well. But first…we all go through those dry desert wasteland periods of no motivation. We aren’t feeling the growth in our playing, and we aren’t hearing what we want to hear. I first noticed it when I found myself going to my acoustic guitars for satisfaction and motivation. I quietly laughed at myself once comparing myself to Neil Young: electric-dominant album followed by acoustic-dominant album, followed by electric-dominant album, followed by acoustic-dominant album, etc. I often switch for long periods of time between electric and acoustic guitar. Then I switch back with a new appreciation and motivation.I've had my MIM Classic 50s Strat for over 10 years. It used to be my main instrument when I was a dyed-in-the-wool Strat fan (seriously, if I discovered new players, I'd think, "Man, imagine what they could sound like on a Strat!"). I never really liked the neck profile (which I felt was on the thin side for me, the V was no problem) but it was all I could afford that had a vintage-y vibe to it (small frets, 7.25" radius) at the time.
A few years back, I started gravitating towards two-pickup guitars. The in-between sounds were more what I was getting into. Once I got my first Tele-style guitar (a G&L ASAT Classic), the Strat pretty much became a #2 or even #3 for me. When I would play the Strat, I'd be reminded of others' Strat tones (e.g. "Hey, I'm sounding like Knopfler tonight..."). With two-pickup guitars, I'm reminded of certain players at times (e.g. Robert Lockwood Jr., Bill Frisell, etc.) but I don't seem to think about that as much when I'm playing...it's like I'm more focused on sounding like me.
I've considered selling the Strat since then but I've had it modified a little and banged it up quite a bit so it's really not worth much. Plus, I feel like I'd regret it or suddenly have a need for a Strat as soon as I sell it.
Earlier this week, I took the Strat out for the first time in a while. It's still in tune and plays well. However, I just didn't feel anything. I wasn't inspired to play it. I plugged it in and found it sounded a little harsh. It was almost as if there was no more music to be found in it. I'm not even sure it would be different if I had/bought a different type of Strat.
Any one else ever go off a guitar or a type of guitar like that?
I once had 4-5 Strats, a Tele, a Les Paul, and both a solid-body and semi-acoustic Rickenbacker 12-strings (Tom Petty TP660-12 and Roger McGuinn 370-12, respectively). They are “ALL” gone. I found my “nirvana” guitar…a Tele relic/aged guitar made by a small builder who does everything himself and by hand. I’ve played those exclusively for 8 years now. I just recently broke my allegiance and bought another Tele from another builder - a foreign builder half way around the world. I am floored, absolutely floored by the build quality - the “fit and finish” - the tone from the individually custom-wound pickups, and literally every aspect of the guitar. It has actually awakened a new motivation right when I was getting ready to start selling all of electric gear to just play acoustic as I ease into my retirement years.
I hit what you’re feeling, coincidentally with my Strats, at age 45 or so. After selling my Strats, then my Les Paul, and then my Rickenbackers, I realized that I had subconsciously returned to my very first electric by keeping my Telecaster. Then I discovered that small builder, and bought a few over a few years. The Fender Tele is now long gone.
You’ll find your way back. The creative soul needs a break once in a while. Try acoustic, or try a new instrument like mandolin, or bass, or keyboards. And listen to as much new and different music as you can. I discovered a great source of new music: movies. Every time I go to the movies, I hear great music that I’ve never heard before. I am often the last person out of the theater as I quickly write down the songs and bands as the credits scroll. I’ve even shot a screenshot of the music credits so I get them all. Then I search iTunes and buy a slew of new music that then gives me new motivation. Good luck!