July 2010 update
I just realized that I haven't posted anything since March. Yes, I'm still here. Yes, I'm still playing guitar.
LCW has been rehearsing weekly. Recently we composed and performed (at the Someday Lounge Incubator on July 20th) a suite, just to prove to ourselves that we could play something more structured. I'm looking forward to our next rehearsal and deciding what to do next now that we've "finished" our suite.
My new Koll guitar is still in it's nascent stages. No hurry there. Saul does amazing work; I'm happy to let him take as long as he needs to come to terms with all the design and implementation issues that turn these one-offs into guitars which are outstanding both as instruments and as works of art.
I sold my AER Compact 60; the AER Amp One is out on consignment at the moment. I realized that I don't really need to carry an amp to play damned near anywhere in Portland. I have a PA at home, and nearly every venue in Portland provides some kind of sound reinforcement. I only need my guitar and (optionally) a proccessor. I literally do not have a guitar amp. (OK: technically I still have the amp I built in 2005, but I don't use it. I haven't actually seen that amp for over a year, as it has been out on indefinite loan.)
I have been fielding a few questions every month from folks who come across this site via either a Google search for a particular product or via a posting on one of the guitarist message boards that I used to frequent. (I still visit some of them, but only once in a while now.) I am happy, of course, to answer questions or just to talk about music. Please keep in mind, though, that the short answer to "what is the best X for my use" will invariably be "that's up to you to discover". The best I can do is to recap some of my own experiences (most of which you can still find using the site search function) and to suggest areas for further research.