With so much cool equipment out there, how could you not develop a slight obsession with acquiring the best stuff there is to buy? Real gearheads have figured out how to pick up all the stuff they want, while still somehow managing to pay rent and eat.
Do you think you might be a gearhead? Here are 10 signs that you might have the bug.
1. You have to desperately resist the urge to buy more gear
Rent might be due, but that amp in the window could disappear any minute!
2. You work hard to justify new gear purchases
It's pretty easy to convince yourself you need it. The wife? Not so much.
3. You're the first on the block to hear about new gear being released.
And you're usually the first to try and buy it as well.
4. Your friends try and give you a "Craigslist intervention"
It's incredibly easy for a gearhead to spend a few hours every day browsing the classifieds.
5. Your house starts looking like an episode of musical Hoarders
Cases and amps double as tables and chairs when not in use.
6. You spend more time at music stores than grocery stores
Which probably represents how you allocate your budget fairly accurately.
7. You feel like you need all of the cool stuff you don't own yet
You might have three instruments, but none of them can do what the one you just found does.
8. The only reason you sell gear is to buy more gear
You should consider opening your own music store.
9. You end up owning some pretty ridiculous things
Just having a cool conversation piece is worth it.
10. But at the end of the day, you've got the coolest gear out there!
Now go show off at your next gig.
Dylan Welsh, a native of Seattle, Washington, grew up cutting his teeth in various club bands around the Northwest. Seeking a more diverse and challenging environment, he attended Berklee College of Music with hopes of gaining new perspectives and finding his own voice. Though music is what he does best, writing and journalism are other passions that he has kindled throughout his academic life.