It just occurred to me that I haven’t gotten any new gear lately. Okay, I just got a new PRS SE Soapbar II guitar a couple of weeks ago. But the thing that struck me was that I wasn’t really even in the market for a guitar when I got it – I wasn’t even thinking about getting a new guitar! The opportunity just kind of presented itself, and I acquired it.
My approach to guitar gear lately has been much like the graphic to the left. Think of the signs being different pieces of gear that point the way to different paths in a journey for tone. I’m at a huge fork in the road right now, and don’t quite know which path to take.
But maybe that’s not such a bad thing. Come to think of it, I’m pretty happy with my tone right now. Unless something mind-blowing comes along, I’m probably not going to be looking to get any new pedals for my rig. I would still like to get a new amp; especially one that has a tube rectifier in it because I love the voltage sag you get from a tube rectifier and the reverb-like tone it can give you. But I can live with what I’ve got for probably years to come.
All that said, I think I’m in a good place with respect to gear, and you know what? I’m actually okay with coming to this fork in the road. It’s a bit liberating because unlike the picture, I’m not really scratching my head trying to figure out which way I want to go tonally. I’ve got my sound, so all things being equal, any path is good – at least for now.
But ever one that has dreams of attaining gear, here are some things completely beyond my current budget that I’m dreaming of getting one day (not necessarily in order of acquisition):
- Either a Victoria Double Deluxe or a Victoria Victorilux
- King Amplification Uptown 33 (Kenny Neal plays one and it SCREAMS!)
- Vox Virage
- Gibson Les Paul Double Cutaway (this actually is not too far out of reach, but it would be tough now).
- Vox AC30 (I dig that tone!)