I was having a conversation about gear with my former drummer. He is now a professional drummer / clinician - plays with some top acts and so forth and is actually endorsed by a major drum company. His opinion was that most non-famous working musicians don't gig with custom shop-type top of the line stuff (unless there's an endorsement involved). Until he got his endorsement he used a $500 drum kit he had since high school with some mods he made along the way. We've been out to see a bunch of bands in NYC lately and aside from the occasional Les Paul - most of the guitars we've seen have been Epiphone, Fender MIM and MIA, and Gibson studios and stuff. Of course most of them had been modified - but they all sounded great (except for the guy from the Posies who is a great player but couldn't keep his Epiphone Dot in tune). When I used to gig regularly I did so with a MIA tele w/EMGs and a used Les Paul Classic with Dimarzios. Its all I needed. Since I've stopped playing regularly (and begun to have a bit more disposable income) all of a sudden I feel the need to check out all of this high end gear. I'm curious what guitars people here who gig regularly typically bring to the gig?