The danger about being a gear freak or have a mania for anything is that you can easily waste lots of money chasing an ideal. Think about it a moment: Lots of things influence our decisions to purchase gear; and not all are that reasonable. We gear freaks tend to be a fairly compulsive lot. Something might look cool or feel or sound great in the shop; we read about something in a forum; see something in a magazine; all triggers for GAS.
Though I still get GAS and am intending to buy yet another guitar very soon – a Gretsch Electromatic 5122C – I’m not nearly as compulsive as I used to be. This is because about a year ago after I had amassed a bunch of gear, I looked at my studio with the line of guitars, stacks of amps and cabs, three pedal boards (with more in a special cabinet drawer), and said, “Damn! You just gotta play yer gear.”
I realized in that moment that I had a bunch of stuff that I’ve hardly used at all; for instance, a BOSS practice unit that sits on my recording console desk that I rarely if ever turn on. Or I have some pedals that are simply collecting dust. I resolved then and there to slow down my buying and be much more calculating with my purchasing decisions. After all, I told myself, you bought this stuff to play it, so play it!
The TC Electronic Corona Chorus was the first pedal I’ve purchased in about six months. I’ve looked at several, but haven’t pulled the trigger. I do have to admit that I didn’t necessarily “need” a new chorus, but the Corona sounds so damn good that I just had to have it. Truth be told, it’s affixed to my main board and will not be leaving it. And that’s a real driving force for my purchasing decisions: Will I really be playing the gear in question. I gig at least two days out of the week, and I’ve stepped up my studio time as of late, so the gear I get has to be relevant to what I’m playing.
The net result of that shift in mentality is that my rate of picking up gear has significantly slowed; though I admit it gives me more to invest into fine wine and golf.