• …when you open the box of your new Skreddy Supa Tone, plug it in, love the sound, and then go check gear message boards to make sure you actually love the sound.
  • …when you photograph your new pedal for ‘NPD’ or ‘NGD’ tweets, before plugging it in and playing it.
  • …when three days after photographing your new pedal for twittering and facebooking, you start to think, ‘I wonder what that pedal sounds like?’
  • …when you wonder that, you have to go onto Gear Page or the Facebook classifieds to buy another one, because you’ve already sold yours.
  • …when you know what ‘NPD’ and ‘NGD’ mean. (Side note…that took me a long time! I just smiled and nodded for a while.)
  • …when you create a thread pondering how people can really like the Klon, with its harsh mids, and unusable gain section. You’ve never owned one, played one, or heard one played live, but you are a connieuser of the youtube demos. Those iPhone speakers really know tone.
  • …when you spend more time editing your youtube pedal demo than you do actually practicing the riffs so you wouldn’t have to edit so much. (Hey, that’s me! ;) )
  • …when the only time you actually play guitar is to let off steam because you’re bitter that no one has commented on your new witty post, thread, or blog yet.
  • …when you ask what the tonal differences are between a Diamond Memory Lane and a JHS Panther. You own both.
  • …when you hate shimmer because the internet said so.
  • …when you’re pretty sure you still like the RV5′s modulated reverb, but you have to scroll through previous threads to make sure that’s still okay.
  • …when you wake up in cold sweats after dreaming that you forgot to use the search function before posting a new thread.
  • …when you know all the tonal nuances of a Timeline, its quirks, how it compares to the original model… Now plugging it in and getting it to make sound? That’s a different story.
  • …when you’ve recommended people against the Fulldrive, and still wonder what it sounds like.
  • …when you’ve owned and sold two Tim’s, and still wonder if that might be just the thing your rig needs!
  • …when you want to get started out with delay, so you buy a TC Electronics 2290.
  • …when you buy two amps to run stereo, but aren’t actually sure how to make that happen.
  • …when you know you need a buffer. Something about your signal being like a garden hose…??? Now, did it go behind your effects, in front of your effects, in your Timeline’s effects loop…OOH!! That one looks cool!!!
  • …when you list youtube pedal demo stores amongst your favorite artists.
  • …when you can tell me the going market rate for a used Duesenberg right now.
  • …when you post about the tonal differences between the four versions of the OCD, but also pontificate about how there really is no difference between an AC4 and a Divided by 13.
  • …when you’re one of the few men in the world who get excited by the word ’boutique.’
  • …when you buy a bypass looper. You’re a little hazy on what a bypass looper actually does, though.
  • …when you’re at a gig, and in the middle of a song, one of your drive pedals starts fizzing out. Your band stares at you to turn it off, but you’re on your iPhone asking facebook if that’ll hurt your tubes or not.

Splendid.
Karl.