i've been playing- and buying/trying gear- for the better part of 15 years. loopers were something i was introduced to about five years into my stint as a guitarist- so 10 years ago. ever since that moment, i couldn't be without one. i'd go so far as to say that i stopped developing as a guitarist, but began excelling at song-writing/music-creation. i was at a level, as a guitarist, where i was "good enough"-- but still vastly lacking-- and thought i'd rather start making music with my given skill set than trying to gain speed, learn new licks and tricks; i just didn't care for the showmanship of guitar playing anymore and wanted to focus on music-creation (which yes, requires a certain level of technicality and finesse, but you can do without knowing everything). loopers opened doors for me, creatively, so much more than i ever could of imagined. i'll go on record and say that i'm nothing without my looper(s). i've never been a flashy player, but rather someone who was always endlessly full of ideas- chords, melodies, etc.-; the looper became invaluable tool in helping manage and develop said ideas. my reason for making this thread wasn't so much to sing the praise of loopers, but after taking one off my board for a day, realizing how invaluable a tool it is. it felt foreign to me not being able to start jotting down (and subsequently, developing) ideas as soon as i hit the standby switch on my amp. i felt bare without my looper on the board. i'm at a point now where i want to start learning theory and developing as a player again, but wouldn't change a thing in my development as a musician/song-writer as guided by the looper. anyone else feel the same?