No, this isn't about any particular brand of equipment being overrated...but rather the fact that we get so hung up on our gear that we spend too much time thinking about gear and too little time thinking about (or actually?) playing. I am more than guilty enough when it comes to thinking about and noodling around with gear. But over the last year (which is probably the last time I posted before today) I have been having so much fun playing that when I setup at a gig I don't even think about my gear or how it's set up (aside from the volume knob). I don't even think about my strings (except for tuning). I haven't changed my strings in nearly a year either...don't care, and it hasn't made a bit of difference. In fact, over this last year...I've spent almost no time whatsoever even thinking about any of my equipment. I just throw on my bass, plug it in, tune up and play. And this has been the most phenomenol year of playing I've ever had. I'm in the groove more...I'm playing with more feeling and less thinking. With every gig, my bandmates seem to be more blown away with my playing (I'm no great technician, just more in the pocket now)...which I consider quite the compliment coming from them. It's just been an extraordinary year for me playing...and it just kind of dawned on me today while perusing talkbass, that I haven't given any thought to my gear. It's all been about the music. Coincidence? I wonder. Anyone else have some thoughts?