....at practice. I'm currently playing in a 4-piece cover/original band and while practicing last night with the band for a big upcoming show, I had a moment. As I'm playing my Strat through a bunch of pedals (too many to list right now) into my amp, I'm realizing throughout the night that I was getting SO CAUGHT UP with my pedals and what pedal to engage and when, that my playing was being compromised! Missing parts and thumbing my way around the fretboard which is not like me at all!! I know that we've all seen several threads where we discuss - to use pedals or not to use pedals, and how being in a cover band typically pushes a guitar player toward using pedals in order to comp different sounds. Well, I think I'm done with it all! I've come to the conclusion that I play a Strat through a Goodsell Super 17 (ie. nice guitar - nice amp combination) and that I need to get down to the bare essentials (tuner, 1-2 ODs, delay pedal AND THAT'S IT!!!) No more phase or tremolo or boosts or all that stuff). Am I crazy? Have I lost it? Did I just have a bad rehearsal and I'm taking it out on my gear when I should be taking it out on myself and my abilities as a guitar player. Well, it's probably a little of everything but my thought is to minimize the gear in order to allow me to focus on what's most important - PLAYING GUITAR!! Please chime in.