How much is enough: is amassing a huge gear collection really good for your playing - or the planet?

Genuine Gibson guitars are seen being produced at the Gibson USA Factory on July 17, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee
(Image credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Recently I read on this venerable guitar platform about the 600-strong instrument collection of Alain Johannes, the brilliant gun-for-hire and supporting cast member to the likes of Queens Of The Stone Age, PJ Harvey and Them Crooked Vultures. The number has stuck with me. 

Johannes is an accomplished solo artist, a respected session pro and a frequent performer - a man who requires a range of tools. Nonetheless, I still risked dousing my keyboard in a coffee-based mouthwash when I read that figure. 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.