* Your wife/significant other knows your gear is not a permanent fixture
* When you don’t have a wife or significant other because you spend your time buying, selling, and trading things
* When your worship pastor sounds consistently good with the same guitar week after week, and you wonder why you can’t achieve the same with a constant rotation of things you’ll keep for one weekend service
* When you convince yourself you are done with humbuckers, but fiddle endlessly with your EQ to make your Strat sound more like a Les Paul
In all seriousness, I am beginning to think I need to send an end to my tone quest. There will always be that next item.. that next change that will make me sound like… well, me. Yes, different gear achieves different tones, inherently. Much like the in-between positions on a Strat, or the grit and grind of an SG with P-90s. However, most of the time I just sound like me, and that is a good thing. In fact, it’s a great thing.
I would rather sound like me than be consumed trying to sound like Jimi at Woodstock. First, because only Jimi will ever sound like Jimi. And B) I happen to like having my own sound.
With that said… here’s the newest addition to my stable: