I've noticed that a lot of musicians I've encountered think that "The gear makes the player". I've witnessed the guy with the expensive Les Paul get smoked right off the neck by the dude with the couple hundred dollar Fender Strat. It just seems that I've seen so many bad players with great equipment, and I can't help think that they think the higher end gear will some how make them better players. I'm in no way saying, that anyone with high end gear is a bad player (cause there are a lot of good players with better than average gear) and I'm not saying that about anyone here. (I'm mainly talking about people playing I've seen in person) For example, my father's band is trying out new lead guitar players. Just last week a guy auditions. Has an expensive guitar at practice (supposably has a Gibson in the shop being fixed) huge stack, and an expensive processor. Didn't have any sense of rythm, when he was told what key a song was, he would have to ask "What chords that was?" (This is mainly a country band, it's pretty obvious that when someone says the key of "G" the other two chords are going to be "C" and "D") and on top of that, when he would attempt to solo, it would be all out of key. Again, I'm not saying having great equipment means your a sucky player, I've just seen too many sucky players that spend more time worrying about their gear which they think will make them better, than actually trying to master their respective instruments. Sorry, If a lot of threads seem to be me complaining, but I'm having a lot of stress.