I spent most of my music life playing other peoples’ music. Only really copped Neal Schon’s rig - at that point in time - because I discovered what a stereo rig does to your guitar ego (exponential expansion). That was the first time I felt that I sounded really good, 38 Special/Eric Clapton/SRV/and all other covered bands be damned...except Journey. From there it was about my sound, not theirs. Didn’t want to sound like other guitarists in the band, didn’t want to play like other guitarists, either. That was translated in my gear choices always using what I’d already accumulated. That got weird at times! Heck, it’s probably weird now, but I embrace weird and enjoy playing my own music the way my weird mind interprets it. I’m continually surprised when my non public videos get 100+ views. When you’re in a band, you aren’t always buying gear you want to buy. Something stupid, like PA, breaks or you fry a crossover, or need more cables (always) and someone has to buy it or you don’t play. So have I spent a metric butt-load over 40 years? Yeah, but that doesn’t make me special, just a lame musician.