It took me 8 years and 11 months. In that time I've bought and sold more guitars, amps and pedals than I can remember. I tried to list them all out, but gave up as it was just too much effort. Then I realized something interesting: I now have LESS gear than I did before joining TGP in 2006. Substantially less. I'm down from seven guitars to just FOUR guitars, three of which I've had since before TGP. I'm down from three amps to just ONE amp (1974X), which I've owned since before TGP. I'm down from twelve pedals to just ONE pedal (Teese RMC10) that I picked up last October (first discovered it here on TGP). I do most of my playing these days through a Fender Mustang Floor into an IK Multimedia iLoud studio monitor. I've got about $500 invested in that entire rig. Not sure what that says, but it's definitely been a journey. Cheers!