How much gear do you own mainly because you *just like the idea* of owning it

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  1. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

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    ... as opposed to the actual utilization you get out of it, in practice?

    It's a ton, for me.

    Guitars, amps, AND pedals.

    The majority of it all, for sure.

    Not bragging. It's kinda embarrassing
     
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    90%.... Mostly because I'm too lazy to sell off the stuff I don't use...

    I'm probably sitting on a fortune in gear in my basement...
     
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    Thing is, you go to liquidate it, find out how little you can get for it, and shrug and say "well, may as well keep it, I get more enjoyment out of simply owning it than I can get for it"
     
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    Guy who owns a leonardo da vinci picture never strums a chord on it

    i am cool that I own an amp I didn't play in months. Side effect of owning 12 amps

    I own shoes and coats I don't wear in the summer. By standards of history we are rich. The entire riches of Ancient Rome could not have bought an ss amp at the time - and even of they did they couldn't plug it in

    Owning more than 1 pair of shoes is no crime
     
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    My unused gear is worth more to me than I could ever get out of it. Sounds silly but I enjoy just looking at all of it
     
  6. blowtorch

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    Gotta say, I feel a bit of guilt with my gear glut
    I do have perfectly functional guitars that have been hanging on the wall unused for years. So I guess they are still serving an aesthetic purpose, in that sense
     
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    I confess, you've hit me with this one. A lot of my gear gathers dust, but when I get to thinking of selling it, I blanch at the beating I will take if I sell it. I've got a beautiful Sheraton reissue (one of the USA models) that I've gigged with a few times, but it's been in the case for the past year. I love the tone, but I'm more comfortable playing solid bodies. I've got a telecaster that has never been on a gig with me.

    I'm playing out a lot less as I age. But I've not retired from my day job yet. I keep thinking that in a couple of years, I'll have more free time to gig. At least I tell myself that as a reason not to sell half my gear.
     
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    I turned the corner on that and got rid of a bunch of crap even for almost nothing. I'd rather do that than throw it in the trash. I'm still in denial about a few things.
     
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    I feel guilty about the expensive stuff but the majority of my gear was affordable
     
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    All of mine has been purchased very frugally
     
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    I have 4 Les Pauls and a Larrivee RS4 (LP type).
    I have a Les Paul fascination/fetish.
    I could attempt to justify having essentially 5 of the same kind of guitar, but I won’t.
    When I was a pup, in the 70s, all my heroes played Les Pauls.
    I still think they are the coolest looking electric guitars.
    I rarely gig with any of them.
    So, 5 of my 12 instruments are kinda unnecessary.
    Probably not smart, but y’all already know I’m no rocket surgeon.;)
     
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    4 out of the last 6 pedals I've bought I've never even tried out
     
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    Most of my stuff is worth what I paid for it used, cos I haggle well. I sold about 2k of stuff last year that I paid 1500 for

    How about reframing it in your mind. The purchases kept skilled luthiers fed, and holding onto it stops the market crashing - keeping all that crap is socially responsible
     
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    Well if the Frug gets you a discount...I won't judge.
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    Not so much the guitars for me. I like them all and I like playing them, but it’s more about playing music on them than owning them. My cars? I like the idea of owning an SLK and 430i as much as I like driving them. The cars? Being honest about it, owning them is as much about vanity as anything else. Yikes! Did I really admit that?
     
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    This totally nails it. I've tried to sell off some of my gear, but I cannot bring myself to sell a really good Yamaha electric for the same price as a Squier Affinity. It can stay under the bed, and I feel good knowing that I still own my first really good guitar.

    I like having a Danelectro Cool Cat chorus pedal. I don't actually use it, but I like having it. I don't really need two overdrives, but I like having two on my pedal board.
     
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    Doesn't this sum up an awful lot of disposable income consumerism, when it comes to "things", for an awful lot of folk, anyway ?
     
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    "disposable income" ?
     
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    Close enough, I've edited it
     
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    I don't have a ton of gear by all your guys' standards (5 electric guitars, 3 amps, 6 pedals), but by anybodys standards who don't play guitar or pretend to play as a hobby, they think it is excessive and unusual.

    That said, all my gear combined is worth less than $7K. So in the grand scheme, I don't have a lot of money tied up in music gear. I have two Norton Commandos that have been sitting under tarps for 10 years and they're each worth $10K. Those I really need to take a hard look at parting with.
     
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