Mistake Number One: Walking into Guitarcenter. Mistake Number Two: Not walking straight outta Guitarcenter. Mistake Number Three: Not notifying the manager exactly why you're leaving on your way out the door. Mistake Number Four: While you're there, not plugging a Zakk Wylde replica Les Paul into a Zakk JCM800. Or... this is a Telecaster forum... how 'bout a John 5 Tele into a Mode 4? Don't be shy about turning it up. You might not solve anything but you'll feel better. If it were me... I've been playing or more like it trying to play for four decades. I still suck. I'm still a veteran of the NYC punk / hardcore scene. I'm still quite capable of sucking loudly as a musician.