Best lockdown purchase

Tone-y

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I've made quite a few (for me) guitar related purchases since the covid 19 outbreak. I'm sure it has a lot to do with 4 months of working from home in my spare bedroom where I keep all my guitars and amps.
I've bought a whole bunch of Van Damme cables, a Strymon Volante, headrush FRFR speaker, tonebone valve pedal, boutique fuzz pedal, boss pedals, power supplies, high current adapters etc. But I think the single best purchase, the single item that has had the biggest impact on my playing, is a cheap metronome.
I've been using an app on my phone for a few months before but somehow it's not quite the same. It's not just my timing that I think it is improving, but also my note choice. I can set it at a low tempo and slowly work through the scale shapes coming up with new licks all the while having enough time to consciously think about how it all sounds musically. It's forced me to slow down and think about what I'm doing

What has been your best lockdown purchase?
 
My SE HB:

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Second would be the partscaster Tele I’m currently building. It was more fun than I expected to pick out each individual part/screw/wire/etc., and I enjoyed applying the finish. The neck (Warmoth) was delayed because of COVID but it finally shipped Thursday.

Also bought a Headrush FRFR which is excellent.
 
The best purchase has been an attenuator for my Marshall Origin 20C. I purchased the amp during the shutdown also, but the attenuator has made it usable for home playing. I was having second thoughts about the amp, but the attenuator has completely changed the way I feel about it.
 
The best purchase has been an attenuator for my Marshall Origin 20C. I purchased the amp during the shutdown also, but the attenuator has made it usable for home playing. I was having second thoughts about the amp, but the attenuator has completely changed the way I feel about it.

The Origins really come to life with the volume up. Traded my Origin 20h for a SV 20h and I kinda miss the Origin. Even attenuated the SV is real loud.
 
Well...lots of crap...mostly useless little gadgets I see spending too much time online...like galaxy projectors and Bluetooth speakers...which I hope will help transform my all too familiar surroundings. That and lots of wine, since my home State finally allowed this last year. As many of you know...the combination of wine, music and celestial lighting effects will generally lead to online guitar browsing.
Once in a while...even GuitarCenter will have an interesting little gem...and flexibility on used pricing has never been better.

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I haven’t bought any guitar gear since the start of this. Though I have bad GAS for a Paul’s guitar. Was focused on the 594 DC, but realized I like the fatter more mids focused pups in my Santana compared to the BBS in my LP, so thinking a PG would be a great stop tail compliment to the Santana. Would love a Santana with a stop tail and PF electronics.

Only significant purchases have been a much needed new mattress in extra firm and a full tune up with new cables, chain, and cassette on the road bike.
 
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