How do you deal with the rabbit hole that can be gear?

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  1. fozhebert

    fozhebert TDPRI Member

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    How do you deal?

    Being stritcly a bedroom player, I always flip between having a dirt pedal and a fuzz into the amp or having a multieffects for reverb, delay and such.

    I spend too much time fiddling with all the options that I rarely practice...

    How do you deal with the temptation of having too much of everything available given the smagasboard of good sounding affordable gear?
     
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  2. Art VanDelay

    Art VanDelay Tele-Afflicted

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    Redirect energy. Start planning a vacation.
     
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    dsutton24 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Give in.
     
  4. Obsessed

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    Take a year off of buying stuff and use what you have to practice, practice, practice. By June of next year, you will have a better idea of what you need and plenty of time to research gear. I did this and it really helped me going forward with really good, very specific gear. Good luck.
     
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    I ended up after much trading around with a Fuchs rebuild of a DRRI. I really don't need OD pedals with this amp, it has about every degree and variation of od I can want.

    but my feelings are i've got to be able to play it clean if at all possible.
     
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    Ira7 Doctor of Teleocity

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    This is hysterical:

    When you look at the truncated title of this thread to the right of the full title, before you click on the thread, it says:

    "How do you deal with the rabbi."
     
  7. Ira7

    Ira7 Doctor of Teleocity

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    You just embrace it.

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    That right there is the answer.
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    You let the Lebanese guy with the Strat have at it:



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  10. DavidP

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    I find that, the more I play (especially in active bands), the less gear I desire. I was between bands for a while -- that's when I got afflicted with GAS. I now spend relatively little time thinking about what I 'need' and more time considering what I should sell off given the music I'm playing!
     
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    You could start by dissecting the phrase "good sounding affordable gear".
    I pretty much stopped buying good affordable gear once I got to the point where I didn't really need more gear.

    Now I don't buy gear unless it either fills a need that none of my gear covers, or it does the job significantly better.

    To my observation, many players seem to keep buying more of the same basic gear because it's so cheap and is surprisingly good for the price.
    Yet if you get the new stuff and go back to shopping, it seems the new stuff isn't really satisfying.

    You hear now and then a player say they got a new guitar and can't put it down.
    Aim for that in your gear purchases!

    For years now I always consider it a successful trip to a guitar shop if I get out with all my money.

    However often you buy a piece of gear, instead, put that much money in a shoebox for later.
    One day an amazingly nice guitar will come up, and you'll have the funds ready and chomping at the bit.

    If it happens to be one of those guitars that get dissed on the internet, like something from the Fender CS, or worse still a US made PRS, look at it as a learning experience in your quest to figure out how to spend less time shopping and more time playing!
     
  12. DougM

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    The way that I deal with it is to throw MORE money down the rabbit hole. It's an addiction that most of us are fighting, but there's no rehab center, and enablers are everywhere!
     
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    Yeah what did Clapton say?
    "Don't forget this fact, you can't get it back (blank cane)"

    But gear you can keep sell trade or give to friends and family, so...
     
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    bftfender Friend of Leo's

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    stripped down to 2 basic Marshall amps and 4 dif cabs for gigging and 5 guitars. Plug strait in and play. Plexi for most and 3203 for high gain, Set it and forget it and ride vol and tone knobs from clean to mean. Still a ton of gear to unload. No fiddling these days, just playing
     
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    Well since I have like 47 amps now I can assure you I have finally beaten that monkey.
     
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    It's a life long passion. I play in a band. I put family first. I put myself last. I usually sell a guitar and invest a little savings into a better new thing. I try to be smart and play every angle/use every 15-20% coupon that I can possibly find. I have dear friends who ride their $28,000 Harley's 3 months out of the year. I play my guitars year round. There's no Harley or speedboat or sexy convertible in my life. I have a kayak.

    Everything in life is "compared to what"?

    It's ok to enjoy your healthy hobby. Run down the rabbit hole.
     
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    Make your next goal to learn a set of songs (and sing them) rather than getting a new pedal or whatever. It is all about the bigger picture. Creating a solo set is a lot easier than organizing a band so maybe concentrate on doing it on an acoustic, then get out there and play a gig or two. It doesn't matter if you are a good singer or a terrible one. It doesnt matter if your acoustic chops are not up to scratch. Everything is a work in progress. embrace the journey.
     
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    lol
     
  19. Guitarteach

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    bore it out wider
     
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    Get into a band. That will put your perspective right.
     
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