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  • Anyone out there with only one guitar?

    For years I only had the Peavey Falcon (a strat copy) I recorded maybe 30 tracks with it, I liked that I knew exactly what it was going to sound like in any combination and had the action set within a few thou of its life. I never showed it off (or loaned it to anyone) It was a good tool.
    Now I have about 10 guitars each with its own characteristics and I'm not sure that is the great enhancement that I thought a big armory would be.
    The LP standard didn't prove to be the game changer I thought it would (apart from nice sustain) and to be honest I hated the Telecaster
    I think I can come back down to four guitars total without tears.
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    I was down to one for several years ,my old hollowbody. Then my wife got me a solid body as a gift and I convinced her I needed a semi hollow and picked up a cheap acoustic "for the kids to learn on",now I'm more into playing than I have been in a long time.
    Last edited by gardo; 07-15-2014, 09:19 AM.

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    • #3
      I only have one electric. But I've got a dozen or so acoustics and ideas for a few more.....

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      • #4
        I had one guitar while I was learning. As soon as I started gigging, I had a backup. I'm always amazed by folks who gig with no back-up at all.
        I have over a dozen now. I certainly don't "need" them all, but I enjoy them, and use as many as possible for different projects.

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        • #5
          I have only my Dot, but I'm just starting, playing with some friends but no gigs,... My kid has a cheap strat copy that I borrow now and then (for example my dot is in the shop right now). I bought the Dot for its versatility so I don't really need another guitar right now, but I like the idea of trying out different styles. While I think Teles are ugly, I like their sound and I don't get that tone with my Dot, so it's most likely what I would get next. I was able to o erlook the $90 strat on the 4th of July, but I must say only because they were HH and I would prefer an SSS or maybe HSS. So while I don't need another guitar, I have GAS and justify it by the fact that it would allow me to experiment and learn. But I intend to do this exploration and learning in the sub-$400 guitar range and looking for incredible deals. The one topic I read every time I log on to this forum is the good deals forum.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by papaschtroumpf View Post
            I I bought the Dot for its versatility so I don't really need another guitar right now, but I like the idea of trying out different styles.
            So true. You can also consider coil tapping to get that single coil sound. I've considered it but never did it since I already have a tele.

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            • #7
              I was down to one guitar twice in my career and both times it was stolen leaving me in a panic for the next gig.

              Now I have more guitars than I really need and probably will have until I can't play them any more.

              "In many ways, most people’s happiness, peace and love are mortgaged to the external situation. So, if the stock market goes up you are happy, if the stock market goes down you are unhappy. But the quality of life is not about what is around you. Our ability to live joyfully here does not depend on the size of the house we live in or the car that we drive. These things make your life comfortable and convenient but the essential quality of your life is how you are within yourself right now."

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              • #8
                I have three now but I gigged with one Strat for a few years. Never had an issue with strings breaking mid song so I never worried about it. Also I couldn't afford another guitar as my pay was all spent on food and booze and strings
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                • #9
                  I played acoustic for 15 years before I began electric and never had more than one acoustic at a time. That's the way it was back in the 80's here in my circle of acoustic players... All of the guys I played with had 1 or 2 guitars if they gigged.

                  I put this down to marketing and affordability. I remember paying $1000 for my Japanese Takamine in the late 80's which was a lot of money back then. You can probably get a comparable guitar today for half that cash and I now make 3x as much money.
                  Last edited by billybilly; 07-15-2014, 12:59 PM.
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                  • #10
                    Only a strat with humbuckers at the moment.. looking to pick up a quality acoustic, though.

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                    • #11
                      I had only one at one time,Got drunk and did a Ritchie Blackmore on it.

                      So thats why I have 6 now.

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                      • #12
                        No way man. I have a very elaborate system of rotating guitars to prevent significant fret ware. If the frets start going south I unload the beast. I refuse to spend $200 for a refret when I can buy a a nice used ride for under that amount. Had a guitar with SS frets but didn't really care for it.
                        "Prayer is when you talk to God. Meditation is when you're listening. Playing the piano ['guitar'] allows you to do both at the same time." -Kelsey Grammer

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by wankdeplank View Post
                          No way man. I have a very elaborate system of rotating guitars to prevent significant fret ware. If the frets start going south I unload the beast. I refuse to spend $200 for a refret when I can buy a a nice used ride for under that amount. Had a guitar with SS frets but didn't really care for it.
                          $200? When I had my Gibson L6-S, the fret job cost $300.

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                          • #14
                            One electric, yes. Also one bass (then again, I'm not a full time bassist) but a number of acoustics. The sorta odd thing is that I mostly play a Jay Turser Jay Jr. acoustic beater because it's always out. When I do play in public, it's always my Ibanez acoustic.
                            Last edited by DeepEnd; 07-15-2014, 03:10 PM.
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                            • #15
                              I got down to three electrics, an acoustic, and a bass this year only to save up for an MIK Alvarez Tele, which I traded for my Lag Imperator the next week. I've owned over fifty guitars in all. I am seriously looking at a Classic Player Jaguar for later this year because I miss my Jazzmaster, but don't miss the body shape combined with the long scale.

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