My love is songwriting. I am not a very good guitarist. I’m a good rhythm guitarist but that’s it. I can keep a good beat.
So an expensive, exceptional guitar is wasted on me. Plus, I play in songwriting groups with some good guitarists but all I can hear is the guitar when they play their songs.
Plus, I am cheap. Plus, I will not spend time fiddling with gear. So I am partial to crap gear. Pretty much very simple analog stuff that sorta kinda works, sometimes but takes minimal fiddling.
I also play out a lot, mainly in crap bars to drunks, with crap PAs and sound — so fiddling with anything is pointless. I’m the only one listening anyway. That is the s-s scene in Chi-town.