Funny thing happened to me two weeks ago. I was listening to some Bach with my kids (they love Goulds rendition of the Inventions) and I just felt like reaching out for my classical guitar. Now, I have played classical guitar for a few years about 10-15 years ago, and I still have two nice instruments, amongst my electrics. So I pulled out the transcriptions for the Bach pieces, and, in the same binder, I found other pieces I was working on: Albeniz, Giuliani, Sor, Barrios, etc The usual suspects. Its been two weeks, and I have not put my classical guitar down. Its so much simpler, for lack of a better word. Not the music, no, thats more challenging, but the whole tweaking, and tone-chasing, and the gear obsession. Im now down to a cedar-top, and six strings. No adjustments, no dials, no tubes, no effects, no reverb, nothing. Just the wood, the strings, and the fingers. The focus is on the precise rendition of the score, and how to convey emotion on an otherwise unchanged transcript. Action on a classical is 4mm at the 12th fret on the low E, and 3mm on the high E. No shredder guitars, these. And yet, strangely, I find this rather liberating. I now only have to open the case, tune the guitar, and have at it. My reading has consistently improved, and I look forward to simply practicing the difficult passages over and over until I get them right. (I still plug in now and then, only to hear the ROAR ;-)) This has been a very good experience for me, and one that has made me realize that my electric guitar territory came with some peculiarities and cultural differences. Community-wise, classical guitarists have different types of discussions (yes, they will argue about the superior tone of cedar vs spruce as a sound top, and the ideal length of the right-hand nails), but the bulk of the exchanges are on how to succeed difficult passages, new challenging music, etc A very different outlook. Now, this is not a «us vs them, this is better than that» sort of argument. Im simply relating how going back to a simpler environment, one with less options and distractions, can arguably change ones perspective, focus and, potentially, discipline. I understand this is TGP, and that a lot of the focus here is on gear. Again, my perspective should in no way be construed as demeaning the importance of all things material. Instead, please read this as one's experience in voluntarily reducing the gear requirements to their bare minimum, in the classical context. Cheers.