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Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by mbkri, Feb 20, 2021.
That's a sweet one.
Hope you can pull the trigger soon
mbkri, I hear you loud and clear. I'm currently happy with my gear, even though I could still pair down the numbers a little more, and yet I can still find myself drawn to to something new with a color, or specific pickups that catch my attention. That, of course, leads to reading up on specs and reviews, and watching videos. It definitely can become a waste of time when what I really want is to become a better player. It's funny (or not so funny) how I can subvert my own desire to play better.
I think to varying degrees GAS is part and parcel of being a guitarist. I very sincerely admire Collectors. I want to be one but am not wired that way. Whenever I find myself looking at guitar sites I have to remind myself...I could be playing a guitar I love rather than looking at them. So absolutely, I can relate.
It’s a bit the same for me too... when I look at a guitar, or an amp or even a pedal, it’s because it could take me to other places, at list in my mind. Which sound I could achieve for a new song, how I could give a new direction to an album that requires promotion, how I could imagine a new live setup or which clubs I know on my circuit I could start keeping in touch in order to tour my music with this new guitar, new amp or new fx. Owning a guitar just for the sake of it it’s never been a goal for me. I’m a player, not a collector. For me, everything from strings gauge to studio work leads to the stage. Without it, music for me is like literature: I like it, but I wouldn’t die for it. I would die for being able to continue to tour. That’s the reason why, when I couldn’t do it, GAS kills me.
I totally relate. While I don't regret all the gear I've been through- because I finally realized that's called experiencing things, and that's OK-, I always in the back of my mind, see myself as I get older (and especially if I am no longer gigging), with 1 electric, 1 amp, and 1 acoustic, and maybe a few pedals. That's it. Just happily MAKING MUSIC instead of experiencing gear.
But experiencing gear is a valid "hobby"... just like experiencing food, wine, travel, anything.
My GAS is typically geared toward pedals, so yes, definitely affects my playing time as I add one, switch everything around all the time, etc.. spend waaay too much time tone-chasing. Everytime I lock into one, come back to it, NEVER the same ..... I find I get more actual playing time on my “family room” setup, Egnater Rebel— guitar to amp, zero pedals. That said,,,,, the new Jackson Fuzz/ Octave looks like a great pedal!
I LOVE that tele. What's the color name on that?
It's a 68. Refinished as far as I can tell. It has humbucker routs that look like they were done with an axe. I don't know what the colour really is but the refinish is old, done before the hack routs.
The seller I got this from bought the guitar as is in 1990. It sounds terrific.
It looks like very aged/yellowed Olympic White, but it's so yellow, I wonder if it's that, or actually a paint color developed to LOOK like old Olympic White. Either way, it's a stunner!
I think it's some kind of yellow. It is actually darker under the pickguard and it's yellow in the neck pocket.
oh yeah- that's like a mustard yellow, that has faded outside the pickguard. I like the faded part MUCH better, not a fan of mustard yellow.