Posted on Sep 19 2022 07:18 PM
At one point I had 18 guitars, which is too many guitars. I live in small city rentals, not a old ranch farmhouse.
So I've gotten rid of plenty of stuff over time. But I would never sell everything. For one thing, of my six guitars (I have six slots in my guitar stand. I will only break this rule for a Silver Sparkle 60's Bass VI) one I inherited from a namesake, one was my first good guitar, one was customised especially to my needs (though as I've posted elsewhere, I'm changing that up at the moment just a little) and two are my matched pink Daisy Rock guitar and bass that I just adore too much. So only guitar 6 was ever malleable,
and now I have the Silver Sparkle Jaguar - basically my dream guitar when I was a kid? I see no chance of parting with any of these. Similarly amps wise, I really love my Vaporizers. But, my Greta and Thunderbird I'm not so attached to, and whether I'll keep the solid state bass amp once I have a tube one? Open question.
Like Tide and Cosmo though, my pedal board was put together to meet a specific set of needs, but with the exception of my DIY rangemaster I have no strong attachments. I'd cheerfully trade my cheap Chord delay for a Carbon Copy if I found one cheap at a garage sale. I continually wonder why I bother having a metre-square Big Muff in the middle of my board, especially since it's one of my less used pedals. It's just not been a big enough issue since 2014 that I would need to change it. Oh and obviously my Surfy Bear goes nowhere. ;)
But I have done the "Rig Reboot" before. When my AD30VT died it was a catalyst for a complete change. I don't use any of the pedals I had back then, the Vaporizer is a very different kind of amp, and that was also about the time I got the Daisy Rock's, so even my daily guitar changed. Heck, I changed the picks and strings I used too, twice!
I guess what I'm saying is - ringfence the stuff that really matters to you before you start, so you don't get caught up in the excitement of new and shiny - all my old pedals are in a box somewhere since most were gifts and the one exception to that was the first bit of serious guitar kit I bought myself. But be realistic. I'd been lugging around my first guitars - my cheap spanish and a very broken, resprayed ERG121S for about 15 years by the time I did the grand 18->6 cull. If they'd been remotely playable instruments I'd have tried to keep them, but they were just junk - so I freecycled them. Mentally reset my "first" guitar to be the first one that didn't randomly disintegrate on me. ;)
They who die with the fewest control knobs, win.
- "The Mysterious" Tqi.