So, I think I'm where I want to be, gear wise... for now. I looked at my wall this morning and said to myself, "Yeah, okay."
Joey said something the other day that I think is pretty spot on. He said one of the advantages to picking up guitar as an adult is that you have money. I don't have tons of money, of course, and much of what I've acquired has been in trades or used, but I think, notwithstanding trying to sell my King V and buying the mini-head in May, I'm done dealing for now.
So where do you stop... or do you? Do you plateau or reach a level of contentedness - or do you remain in a constant state of GAS? If not quite GAS, are you always on the lookout?
Is much of this based upon your skill level, your comfort with your existing gear, or your needs if you're performing live or with a group?
I'm just curious.
I was actually thinking along these lines earlier. I was thinking to myself "there's no fucking way I could be endorsed, I like too many different guitars for different reasons!"
I really dig how some of my influences (Dimebag, Nuno, Hetfield, Satch, Vai, Petrucci) have all (with the exception of Petrucci) stuck to ONE guitar their entire career (or one type, anyway). I can't stick to one guitar for more than 6 months lately! And that's not something I'm particularly proud of. I've got a bit of a rep for not hanging onto guitars for very long, but it's actually not a very nice feeling, and I think it's down to a musical identity crisis that I've been suffering from in the last couple of years.
That's me personally though, and my own reasons for chopping/changing a lot in the last few years, so I'm sure this isn't the same drive behind most people's GAS. I'll bond with a guitar, absolutely love it to death, and spout all sorts of bullshit like "yeah this is the one! this is so me! This is what I've been looking for all a long!" only to go "meh that's not really my thing any more" and then go in the complete opposite direction I mean, fucks sake, for the last few weeks I've wanted a Telecaster of some description SO badly. Like, I've felt like it was the answer to my woes. The thing I needed to break my writer's block. "Yeah I'll have it just kickin around, love the idea of mixing single-coils with heavy music, it'll be great..." Now I just look at Tele's with complete disgust and go "thank fuck I didn't get one of those, what a heap of shit..."
With me, a guitar isn't just a tool. It represents you and your musical whereabouts. It's like your clothes in that regard. It sort of defines you as a player in a stylistic sense, and since I'm a little confused as to where/who I want to be musically lately, I think that's been reflected in the guitars I've bought.
All that confused pop-psychology aside, I generally feel it's natural that everyone goes through some sort of taste change after a few years. I can remember a time when all I wanted was the pointiest shit you could possibly buy! V's, X's, Explorers... It had to look metal as fuck with a stupidly thin neck, or I simply wasn't interested. Now I love guitars that are really understated, very basic and utilitarian superstrats... But there's a billion of those to choose from unfortunately, so even though I've narrowed down my tastes to that small group of guitars, I've still got to try them all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!