people annoy the hell outta me... I'll explain... a little about me - I play in a heavy rock/punk band. we're a 5-piece. we play all original material. on average, we play live gigs maybe twice a month. my goal is for us to be as tight as possible with our playing, and with our singing (4 of the 5 of us do vocals). I also strive to be as efficient as I can, and I want all of us to be that way. with our gear, our load ins & load outs, our line-checks and our stage set-up, us all being in tune, etc. I want us to be a well oiled machine, and bottom line - I want us to rock, simply put. on the technical side of things, for me personally, I have a fairly intricate set up, but not too intricate. and I only say this because I use an average amount of pedals in my rig, some of which go into the front end of my amp (100 watt head + 4x12 cab), and others in the effects loop. not a huge pedal board. maybe medium sized. I have a bunch of dirt/drive options, a tuner, a noise gate, an EQ, a compressor, volume pedal, and a delay... I've actually downsized from the board I used to use. I mention this because inevitably, I can't seem to play a show without someone being dumbfounded and confused about my pedal board on stage, and pointing it out... the guys in my band used to bust on me about it just to give me a hard time, but they've since toned down their b.s. and don't bring it up too often. but I still get roasted about it every once in a while. it doesn't bug me, because I know they are just being silly and having fun, but what DOES irk me is when we play live shows and people have to say something about my pedal board... they stare with confused looks. sometimes making comments... "wow. that's a lot... damn, you think he has enough pedals?... what does he need all these for?... do you actually use all of these??" I wish I could say that it doesn't bug me, but it does. I've seen some pedal boards that are 3 times the size of mine. but yet I still get people that gawk at my board as if I have my guitar plugged into a live lobster and then plugged into my amp... I really don't get why people can't just mind their own damn business. seriously, its a board that is about 2 feet long, and a foot wide, with maybe 8 or 9 pedals, tops. I want to tell people to f*ck off, but obviously I'm not going to do that... it really makes me extremely self conscious. I'm almost tempted to downsize my pedal board even further, so that its not a focal point that people will feel the need to gawk at. has anyone here ever had issues with people making a big deal about your gear, that was undeserved?