Treadplatedual wrote:Glad to hear it Cow!
Hey, perhaps I missed something, but why is this the "final" build?
That question is going to take some explaining, and what amounts to a life story:
As I age, I came to realize that more was not better, and that I'd cluttered up my life (and house) with more equipment than I needed. Much of it was left to me from my late father, and I kept it around for a few years, as a way to sort of have a tangible memory of the good times. I eventually realized that I didn't like the old guitars much, and had better-playing (or sounding) versions of my own. I kept two that he'd owned: a limited-edition Thinline Jaguar that he bought a few months before passing, and a late 90s Carvin TL-60 that he bought years ago, and was his main guitar. I let everything else go; cheap guitars, expensive, classic amps, cabinets and speakers, and pedals. Those two guitars have distinct voices, and play very well. Lots of good memories of that TL-60.
Lack of space came when my son arrived, and I placed things into storage for several years. I realized that I hadn't missed it. I found what I wanted in the Legacy amp, and in a good modeler, so the need for bunches of amps wasn't there anymore. I don't play out except at my church, mostly due to being considered "too old" or "too young," or "not fun" due to not being into drugs/drinking/random hookups. I've been turned down for bands for not tuning "low enough."
So, at the end of the day, I realized more of what I wanted, and I'm still in the phase of letting much of it go. To be honest, having a finality and destination in guitars is very liberating. In all honesty, the Z6X is not exactly where I'd expected to wind up, as I'd panned the shape as "tele" derived when it launched, but looking at it from a function-based minset caused me to realize what I'd been missing with so many other guitars. I think it plays better than the Vader, and is more comfortable. The wood choices just make it look, and smell, beautiful. It's not for everyone; it's a guitar for me. Z is the last letter in the alphabet, so it was fitting. It also has nods to each guitar it replaced in the build, one being my old green DC135T. That guitar went to my father in law, as a "thank you" for helping me out in the past. The day he received it was perfectly timed as he plays at his church, and needed an electric. Plus, he always loved that one.
Sure, it's nice to brag about how many guitars one owns, or amps, or whatever, but at the end of the day, that never defined me, and I found myself unable to use all that I had, or even keep it around. So, what does one do? Do they keep getting a larger place, spending more money to house such things, or let it go, accept reality and that they are extremely blessed to even have these things? I chose the latter.
I'm in the process of downsizing acoustics and bass stuff, too, and will probably grab a Kiesel headless 5 or 6 string bass to sum everything up into one instrument. Nothing special is needed there, as I lean more toward guitar.
I doubt I'll buy more, unless what I have is stolen or destroyed.
Anyway, thanks for the question. It's been fun answering.