My approach to gear has been a very skeptical, frugal one. By default I try not to buy into the hype, so when I saw big pedalboards with a million pedals on them I would think "There's no way they need all of that stuff."
And when I met a guitarist that owned 4 or 5 amps or more, I would again think "That is excessive."
Of course when I walked into a house that had 10 or more guitars, I'd roll my eyes and think "You can only play one at a time, dude."
Over time I got to meet some of the musicians who played guitar on my favorite music, and all of these people had a ton of different guitars, amps, and pedals, so I took a deep dive to study and understand why they bring so much gear to a session and have even more gear waiting in the wings at home or in cartage.
It turns out there is a method to the madness, which heavily informed my buying choices for my own rig, and that's what I explain in this video.
There is no single best guitar, best guitar amp, best overdrive pedal, best delay pedal, etc.
There is also no best country guitar, best country guitar amp, best country overdrive pedal, best country delay pedal, etc.
This doesn't mean everyone needs a huge rig. Quite the opposite. It means you can define your goals for how you want to sound and pick only the best gear to be the best "you".
And to help you be the best "you" I'm giving away some of the gear in this video.
Thanks so much for watching.
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Shout out to Truetone Lounge and XTS Rig Building for putting photos and video of session players' board on the internet.