Separate names with a comma.
Discussion in 'Pedals' started by switchback, Oct 7, 2011.
"Fair and Square" sure..... anything you say
My family tells me I have a problem. I've been playing guitar for 8 years, and for the first 7 years and 8 months, I acquired four guitars, one amp, seven pedals (sold two), and went through hundreds of sets of strings and a couple gross of picks.
My rig in June:
Nylon classical acoustic from a local music store
Fender 70s Reissue Strat
2003 Gibson Les Paul Standard
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe
Dunlop Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face
Sweet Sound Ultra Vibe (Original)
It was never a big problem. They could see my progress as a guitar player, so getting a better instrument and wanting to make different sounds was understandable. Over the last four months, though, things have changed.
Having not bought any gear in several years (except a new set of tubes), I started to browse the merch. at the local guitar shops, plus the new Guitar Center in town. I saw and heard so many wonderful things, but I needed to compare prices, so I turned to the internet. I wanted to make upgrades, but I wanted to be smart about it.
I work at a local pizza place and started to save tip money for recreational purposes, and I hit my $3300 goal in July. (Don't ask why $3300. Numbers and patterns are an entirely different syndrome that I don't have time to get into...except to say that the parallelism of a four-digit integer comprised of a pair of repeated integers bears such a harmonious...I'm sorry, guys. It's totally under control. Seriously.) I decided to use my tip money for only the NECESSARY upgrades to my rig. Now that I've started to act according to plan, my family says I have a problem. But it's MY MONEY!!!
I'm all grown up now. I have an apartment, but it's not the kind of place you want packages sitting outside the door for four hours until you get home from work. My parents let me use their address for packages, but I'm not sure they can handle the burden I've become. Packages large and small showing up unannounced, sometimes three in a day. A week may pass, then another three in a single day. They can no longer surrender counter space for the packages I need to retrieve, and the trashcans are overflowing with packing peanuts and wadded up balls of tape. They say I need to save my money, and, occasionally, I get the "Do you really need all this stuff?" comment, followed by "You don't NEED it, you WANT it." Will Smith was right: parents just don't understand. I wouldn't buy an ATA flight case for my pedalboard if I didn't NEED it. I mean, I don't travel a whole lot, and gigs are always in town and happen once a month, but my pedals NEED protection. And I can't have floppy patch cables running between my pedals. I NEEDED to buy some Mogami cable and flat pan plugs and build meticulously measured patches. And, of course, I needed to buy a new temperature-controlled soldering iron, 1 lb. of 60/40 solder, a bottle of flux, and a flux application bottle. I will not have any cold solder joints in my rig.
Here's a quick list of all the things I needed over the last four months (plus a few pictures from before I secured everything with velcro):
Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue
Marshall JCM2000 DSL401
Fulltone Clyde Standard
Korg Pitchblack Tuner
T.C. Electronics ND-1
Zvex Box of Metal Vexter
Zvex Box of Rock Vexter
Zvex Fuzz Factory
ATA Pedalboard case
Soldering Iron (plus solder, flux, applicator)
50 ft. Mogami cable
30 ft. of Tech Flex
25 Flat pan plugs
T-Rex Fuel Tank Junior
I needed to save money on buying power supplies and batteries, so, of course I needed the T-Rex Fuel Tank Junior. I mean, I bought two of the Vexter line from Zvex. How can it be called frivolous spending when only one of your three Zvex pedals is handpainted?
Yeah, get a clue, Mom and Dad. I mean, I bought a Clyde Standard, instead of the Deluxe. Plus, I bought the 65 Deluxe Reverb instead of the Twin, and the Marshall DSL401, instead of a Plexi halfstack. And they question my judgment? I've made serious compromises, and of my own free will.
You can see the rage I feel when they try to tell me I dont need these things, that I have a problem. I knew there were others like me out there. Im glad Ive found this forum.
because I need to order the parts for the Group Build some of you guys did recently, and I need to figure out a way to A/B my amps but still run my ND-1 in Stereo (I hope its possible), test a few buffer pedals to see if theyll improve my signal, and I need to swap my Fuzz Face for something more practical, like something from the Roger Mayer line, or I could settle for some more Fulltone. And I need to look at some of Analog Mans stuff, maybe a mod for my DS-1 and BD-2
I never realized how much I needed
Welcome mmillington and thanks for sharing, Awesome ! Ok need,want, need, want and it goes on and on .... I say we ALWAYS NEED,NEED,NEED so BUY,BUY,BUY ....... but, and I quote "you are all grown up now" so you probably have figured this out by now. I appreciate your take on THE sickness and its great to have you in the family
Thanks, Switchback. Sometimes we all need a little nudge.
How right you are
I am not part of this group. I can see that YOU have problems. Like I said, if only my wife would lay off me, it is not like the dog really needs to eat everyday and the d*** phone company (a bunch of cheats anyway) can wait a couple of weeks extra for their money.
if buying gear isn't putting you in the hole (money wise) i don't think it's a problem.
i keep a $0 balance on my credit card. and i inted it to stay that way. i pay my mortgage and my bills on time all the time, and I have money in the bank in case i lose my job that should last me a 3-6 months.
having said that, I am single, and make decent money and try to rationalize my purchases, even though i don't "need" any of it. i could honestly get by with my AC4 and my epi les paul in stock form.
Why you accusing ME I don't have a problem ...... Whats that sweetheart ? anniversary present ? ......... do you like fuzz or overdrive
Thanks for sharing Blamo, I suspect this isn't the group for you as you clearly have control. But, you are welcome all the same Unless I might detect a closet PAS'er in our midst
haha....i've bought 3 pedals and 2 sets of pick ups this month... ahem...looking to get a 4th pedal here soon as well...
I knew it
eh he ..... nah, you are not well!
Two pedal boards plus this......
I love love love pedals.
WOW Nice shrine, studio and welcome....... need I say more !!!
John (Studio1087) is a quite severe case, if I may. Not only has he PAS but also suffers from original GAS (guitar acquisition syndrome). If only he posts a photo from his guitar collection...
Man, I think it's awesome that your collection goes from dirt cheap to awesome boutique. It shows an appreciation of the complete tonal spectrum. But I must say, that Timmy is just sitting there wasting space. You should trade it for my Lovepedal Eternity! LOL! Seriously though, if I had shelves like that in my music room, I'd be in big trouble. They are just begging to be filled with pedals!
Actually, I used to...
Studio1087 - me thinks you are beyond help with NO HOPE of recovery