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  • Thinking about dropping down to one guitar

    I don't play much, or well. I don't gig or ever plan to. I've got a good amp and enough pedals to make whatever sounds I want from a SSS Strat. I love guitars, love buying and selling them, love tinkering with them and fixing them for others, but I really don't see the need for me to have 5 electric guitars taking up space around here. I have one that I reach for first every time and only pick up the others because they're there and I feel like I should. If they weren't I wouldn't miss them. I do want to learn to play better and I really believe that between all the buying/selling/tinkering and all the hours spent on boards like this I'm wasting a crapload of time better spent. Maybe I should just put them in the back of my closet instead and rotate them out.......
    I one day hope to be the man my dog thinks I am.WORDS OF WISDOM FROM VARIOUS MEMBERS"most often the guitar will rise or fall to the level of the player""people overthink ****************""Sometimes you gotta know when to shut the **************** up and have a little class. Not you, you're special.""If it sounds good to you then it sounds good"The bull**************** and myths in the guitar world are stacked very high.

  • #2
    if you don't gig or anything like that then 1 guitar is sufficient.

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    • #3
      if you don't gig or anything like that then 1 guitar is sufficient.


      I don't gig (yet?) and certainly enjoy having more than 1 guitar. I jam with my friends about once a week and play a lot by myself. I love switching it up and getting different sounds with different instruments. I get a lot of joy, relaxation, and mental (right brain) stimulation out of playing and continuing to learn about music (genres, theory, etc). So - for me - having different instruments to enjoy and inspire myself with is more important than having different instruments to entertain other people with.... Not to say one is more important than the other - just where I am.

      So, to the OP, I'd say that if you enjoy playing a particular guitar now and again - keep it. If you play from a sense of obligation - sell it. And keep your eyes open for something else......

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      • #4
        If you have one guitar that you like more than others, it shouldn't be a big deal. I've been down to one electric and one acoustic for years, and I haven't had a problem with it.
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        • #5
          If you have one guitar that you like more than others, it shouldn't be a big deal. I've been down to one electric and one acoustic for years, and I haven't had a problem with it.


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          • #6
            Since my accident/incident or whatever, I've only had one of my guitars around me (my Daisy Rock) and in terms of sound and playability, there's nothing I've been unable to do. That said, I have two minihumbuckers with two mini-toggles for series/parallel/split, so obviously the sound is more versatile than most guitars.
            Electrics: Fender '73 Mustang RI, Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino, Gibson 60s Tribute Les Paul Studio, Daisy Rock Retro-H Deluxe, Squier Hello Kitty Strat x2Acoustics: Taylor 316CE-LTD, Seagull Entourage Rustic CW QITBasses: Squier Badtz Maru Bronco Bass, Aria CSB-300, Fender Mustang Bass RIAmps: Vox TB18C1, Vox Pathfinder 210, Peavey Transtube Envoy, Ampeg Micro VR StackMy Band: http://mittensband.com

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            • #7
              I don't play much, or well. I don't gig or ever plan to. I've got a good amp and enough pedals to make whatever sounds I want from a SSS Strat. I love guitars, love buying and selling them, love tinkering with them and fixing them for others, but I really don't see the need for me to have 5 electric guitars taking up space around here. I have one that I reach for first every time and only pick up the others because they're there and I feel like I should. If they weren't I wouldn't miss them. I do want to learn to play better and I really believe that between all the buying/selling/tinkering and all the hours spent on boards like this I'm wasting a crapload of time better spent. Maybe I should just put them in the back of my closet instead and rotate them out.......


              Pretty much everything you do in life is just wasting time. In the long run nothing we do really matters. But if you want to trim down to 1 guitar there's definitely nothing wrong with that.

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              • #8
                Makes sense. But I'd suggest hanging on to at least one more. Something that really tends to do something or play somehow different than the rest (like one HB guitar with a flatter fb radius, e.g.).

                I've got a lot more than 5 guitars, but I never ever want to come across as boasting it, because part of me thinks it is totally crazy to build up collections unless you live in a huge multi-room house with plenty of bucks to splurge (and that does not define my situation). So the "less is more" mentality is more valid than not.
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                • #9
                  I really like my collection of guitars, but if you like having just one that's totally cool.
                  Information is not knowledge
                  Knowledge is not wisdom
                  Wisdom is not truth
                  Truth is not beauty
                  Beauty is not love
                  Love is not music.
                  Music Is The Best.

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                  • #10
                    I think you should nail them all together so you can play them all at once. No neglect, no regrets.

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                    • #11
                      Would depend on the guitars. If you will later regret selling something hard to replace, keep it. If you don't play it because you really don't like it, sell it.

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                      • #12
                        Heresy!
                        Hold mah beer an' watch this!

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                        • #13
                          I played one guitar for about 8 years. While it covered a lot of ground, I still felt limited in tonal variation. Now that I have two guitars, with one being a Strat and the other a Les Paul, I find that I have everything covered. The Strat is still my go-to guitar and is the one that always feels "right" where as my LP feels like the "other woman," but not having the LP really makes me feel limited.

                          Now with two guitars, I can honestly say I'm set on guitars for many years. At this point I'm not going to buy another electric unless it's for "hanging art."
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                          • #14
                            Strat, SG, LP, 335, Jaguar/Jazzmaster
                            So many guitars, so little time

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                            • #15
                              It's about enjoying yourself with these guitars, and If working on them brings you joy, whether you gig on NOT is not relevantYou want 5? Keep them and enjoy them. Want a few more? Go ahead and make it happenIf you want them and they make you happy, they justify their right to live in your house, and you don't need to justify it in anyway.......................The REAL Rocker.
                              TheTruth hurts, don't it.

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