We haven't had one of these threads in a good long while. Lots of new members here, and old ones who are evolving as well. How have they stayed the same as well?
-Insatiable thirst for more snappy bolt on superstrats. Used to be Neck through or GTFO.
-Fell out of love with EMGs, don't have any anymore. Everyone told me this day would come.
-Would rather have a floyd than a TOM 90% of the time. Used to only like TOMs.
-Appreciation for HSS configs. Dig it more than HH on superstrats.
-DGCFAD, settled on this in the first year of playing. Still think it is the best tuning out there.
-Still hate tone pots.
-Boost or GTFO. If it's not clean, the OD808 is on.
-Still hate neck humbucker leads for everything except the highest registers above the 12th fret.
-Jazz IIIs. Changed in regards to not liking the mini versions anymore, but there isn't a pick out there as cool as the XLs as far as I am concerned. Still experiment with others, but those are supreme.
Gear-wise, I'm coming to the realization that I have way more than I can justify, and I'm really thinking about downsizing to just a few simple custom pieces and a decent amp. I'll keep some of my collector items, but I may unload some of the other stuff.
Music-wise, I'd say that when I do get the chance to play, I'm starting to play really "outside the box" for me. No more basic up and down major/minor scale runs or strict arpeggios, I'm throwing in "off" notes and shapes, and doing more disorderly approaches to note progressions.