What Would Happen If I Stopped Buying Pedals?

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  1. GoodAugust

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    Addicts refer to this as a moment of clarity.

    That said, if you stopped buying gear all together and only had what you have now, you'd give yourself the space to be creative again with limitations (probably not very limiting if you have a gear acquisition problem.) It would be no longer about this new fuzz or that new pickup, etc. It would be "this is my sound, let's make music.

    I lived like that at one time, and it was the most productive years of my music writing life.
     
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    You'd save a lot of money.
     
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    Just make sure you give notice to your usual dealers or else they will be over stocked with merch they can't move in your absence.
     
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    Nothing would happen. But if you enjoy it why stop?
     
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    Worse than any of those.

    Bass solo.
     
  6. Killing Floor

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    First, look at my signature. I’m not denying a shoe addiction.
    Second, I said in the OP I play clean or tube hairy nearly all the time. I don’t carry boards with all my pedals, just a few essentials. If it was a jam or smaller informal thing I’d just grab combo and guitar and a cable. (There’s a tuner in the case I hope) But I just love the creative goofing with effects. Plus they look cool. And most of what I have would sell on Reverb over list. It’s funny how a $150 pedal plus a 3 month wait list equals $250 on the used market. Don’t worry, I don’t plan to stop even though I play mostly clean when it counts.
     
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  7. Killing Floor

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    You might actually use the time to improve your playing skills......
     
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    Nice sindrome.
    It doesn’t looks harming too much on your playing.
    There are way more dangerous ways to spend your money.
    You still love it?, go on
    Getting shick of…? Detox for a while.

    I would look for a ‘b plan’ for endorphines, just in case.
     
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  10. Killing Floor

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    Sushi Box is made in a basement. Nate posts pics of his progress through the month. Malaise Forever, Zac said he makes them in his bedroom, I emailed asking to be on the mail list for a new perc fuzz and he replied and said he’d make me one because I asked. Fuzzrocious, husband and wife build, their kids paint the box. Blackhawk Amplifiers, 1 guy. Pine Box, same. Broughton, same, ok, Canada but you get the point. All the makers I’m into are small, mostly handmade, garage or basement builders. Except Source and Wampler and couple JHS things they’re all really small. I’m always amazed how approachable and responsive some of these folks are. I like the idea that some individual benefits. But mostly they’re just fun.
     
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    ok, so you want to just go straight into your amp with that crummy cable? really?
     
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  12. Killing Floor

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    Best answer. I made my living as a bassist for years but even I would walk out on a bass solo.
     
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    After stopping with pedals, within a month, you will sell your guitar and amp.
    You will then buy a classical guitar and learn stuff like James Taylor or classical music.
    No more stage for you.
    You will make friends with people who adore Joni Mitchell and James Taylor.
    You will start playing round-robin in a room with a circle of musicians.
    No audience. No applause.
    Within a year you will contemplate suicide, UNTIL you get the idea to buy an electric guitar and 15 pedals.
    You will now be restored to normal.

    Your Welcome
    K
     
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    Yeah good question, I've been wondering what would happen if everyone in the world stopped breathing! would I still be able to post idiotic questions on line?
     
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    I've got all the pedals I need until the next one, so I've pretty much stopped.:)
     
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    you would enter into a peaceful zen state and be at one with the guitar universe
     
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    Nice try, Big Brother.
    The truth is thus: no one knows.

    And... are you really comfortable with that level of uncertainty? I'm not. If I were you, I would not stop.
     
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    I only quit buying pedals with mini parts in them. If it doesn't have full size parts its built to not be repaired.
     
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    I was thinking this same thing. One of the best catalysts to creativity is limitation. I've noticed that the more gear, money and technology is available to a musician, the worse their music gets. Their best stuff is always what was recorded with limitations to their gear, budget, and technology.
    Sure, you won't be able to make huge ambient synthy movie soundtrack scores with just your guitar...but I struggle to find the last time that stuff actually charted on any popular music chart.
     
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  20. Killing Floor

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    I like Joni now. Is it too late? Not really a big JT fan but I don’t have anything negative to say about him either, oh God, too late!
     
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