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Does anyone ever go through wanting to sell all their gear and just buy a few nice pieces to have? (not that i don't have nice gear already)

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No but I do have a ton of pedals that I'd happily sell. I love all my amps!

Daniel Deathtide

Not really in terms of guitars. I already have one really nice guitar and a couple other cool ones, plus others that I've modded/fixed up. I'm more into fixing and modding things to make them my own, and just don't feel compelled to ditch those in favor of something nice and shiny and new.

Although I could get sucked into buying a really nice acoustic guitar...

i regularly go through periods of absolute minimalism. that’s why i sold my vintage and japan mosrites years back. i only keep the strat i’ve had since 1997.

now that i’ve built myself a pile of amplifiers i’m not sure they’d be worth selling used.

pedals though, i sold the one i always regret: deluxe memory man. everything else i have no attachment to.

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. ;)

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I sold everything just few years ago. 2017-18. Some real high end gits and amps.Reverb tanks, vintage pedals.Name it. From tweed to plexis. No regrets. Had my reasons. Now I have three electrics. A Gretsch and two Fenders, a beautiful Martin, one reverb tank and a vintage Gretsch 6162 amp. Im very happy now.

cosmonaut wrote:

i regularly go through periods of absolute minimalism. that’s why i sold my vintage and japan mosrites years back. i only keep the strat i’ve had since 1997.

now that i’ve built myself a pile of amplifiers i’m not sure they’d be worth selling used.

pedals though, i sold the one i always regret: deluxe memory man. everything else i have no attachment to.

I do this same thing too. I have my same main bass and Strat. But sometimes I think I’ll just get rid of them all and keep one of each thing

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