Find the one right guitar or keep 3 that U just tolerate?

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  1. jjboogie

    jjboogie Member

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    I got three guitars a Tele, Strat and Les Paul.

    None of them I feel 100% comfortable with. I get crazy and flip through them all at rehearsals depending on my mood. Sometimes one feels great then the next day I feel like I can't play anything on it! LOL

    I do a lot of recording though and having three different sounds does come in handy however I was wondering what would be best to try and seek that one guitar that feels and sounds the best to you or just keep three that I can tolerate and sometimes really struggle with?

    Thanks
     
  2. Rockledge

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    Keep the ones you like , get rid of those you don't.
    As long as you got a place to keep em'.
     
  3. Neer

    Neer Supporting Member

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    Find the one. You can get many, many sounds out of one guitar, especially if you feel right playing it. Case in point: Jim Campilongo.
     
  4. Steve73

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    I kept 'stand-in' Strats, Tele's and Les Pauls until I found the right ones. I knew they weren't 'it' but like you said, you sometimes need those specific tones that each guitar can give you. My keeper Tele ended up being a partscaster built to the spec I want, my keeper Strat is an EJ with a swapped out neck and my keeper Les Paul is a Warren Haynes sig LP. I like Warren and EJ just fine but I am not a super fan, their sig guitars just had what I wanted. Man, it took me forever to find a Strat that I liked! I must have owned 10 of them over the years. Strats and me at gigs don't mix very well.

    I think the best thing to do is find out what isn't comfortable about them for you. One thing I've found that helps it is best to stick with one neck style (chunky on all mine) and similar action as it helps negate that switchover time it takes to get comfortable when you go from one guitar to another.
     
  5. Nickstrtcstr

    Nickstrtcstr Lactose Intolerant Guitar Slinger

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    Finding the "right" guitar could be a near impossible task depending on you. There are many among us (myself included) that have guitar ADD. It is nice to have different guitars that help you get different tones. I find that some of my guitars make me approach the instrument differently. My buddy up the street is the same way. He threw a PRS Custom 24 into his mix and loves it. He still plays all his others. I play all of mine in my signature plus one more Tele. It's part of the fun for me.
     
  6. guitaristanyc

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    When I was dirt poor in my teens and 20's, all I needed was 1 electric guitar - it didn't have to be "The One" - it just needed to work and reasonably stay in tune. When I started gigging out, I needed one one extra electric as a backup, and to add a little sonic variety.

    Only in my mid-30's, when I had a decent steady income and access to lots of credit did I suddenly feel the need to find "The One". I have gone through dozens of guitars since then (I'm 40 now) and still haven't found it. The quest is starting to feel futile to me.

    I don't have the cash to splurge on a $6k+ custom shop Gibson or Fender, which everyone assures me will be the Holy Grail, so I am forcing myself to return to my earlier mindset - I have 4 electrics now, but really only play two of them, both of which are decent, mid-priced models: a Hot Rod Tele and a Casino 61RI (the other two are a Chinese-made 12-string and a busted up '90's SG Special). They sound and play nice and stay in tune - what else do I really need?
     
  7. S.W.Erdnase

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    Clearly, what you need is a 335.

    ;)
     
  8. Archangelyabbo

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    Keep looking for the one...
    I think I found mine, just waiting for it to clear hold. Then NGD.
    Getting rid of my Ibanez JS1000 and MIM Fender strat for it.
     
  9. 2HBStrat

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    You already have the three essential guitars that every guitarist needs (IMO), so maybe you could just trade up when you find one you like better. You find a Strat you like better than yours, then trade your Strat for it. Same with the Tele and the Les Paul. Your "Not #1" might well be someone else's #1. Keep going till you have a Strat, a Tele and a Les Paul that are ALL great guitars. In other words there's no reason look for 'A' #1 guitar if you have the potential to have 3 #1's.
     
  10. supergenius365

    supergenius365 Silver Supporting Member

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    Keep all and keep looking for the one.
     
  11. chrisr777

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    I'm thinking three is a little low. Twenty-five or thirthy is about right for TGP. Though three does work for me. A semi-hollow body, a Strat and an SG cover about all the bases I need.
     
  12. The Golden Boy

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    I've got too many.

    In order of preference-

    Les Paul
    Telecaster
    Old Les Paul
    Old Epiphone Olympic

    To have my basses covered:

    Jazz Bass
    Thunderbird
    G&L L2000
    EB-0


    At this point, I think I've pretty much settled into the guitars that I've got. Last time I bought a guitar (that I still have) was 2001. I think there's still a few instruments I'd like- but I'm happy with where I'm at.
     
  13. stratocat63

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    I would approach it like 2HB is suggesting.
     
  14. playsarobin

    playsarobin Results. Not excuses.

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    I found my #1 early on.. Had it for four years now and no other guitar has enfringed on that position since.

    For me it was the Anderson hollow cobra S. between the pickups, tone and volume knob, I'm covered for anything I have any interest or qualifications to play. The latter is arguable. Haha.


    It will be different for everyone, no doubt.
     
  15. Glass Onion

    Glass Onion Toneful truth seeker. Gold Supporting Member

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    and a 335 and a..... if you fall in love with a guitar..i mean really in love. It will replace all three. If you can find one that you refuse to put down then buy it. Right now you have a good stable to keep rotating till that one comes into your life.
     
  16. AaeCee

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    Try a few from PRS....they're known for their versatility. The DGT, Custom 24, and new Signature Ltd. models are all great sounding in their own right and chock full of a wide range of tones. IMO it's best to try and find one you really love, as opposed to a few you just like. After that you can start the quest for another one you love!
     
  17. Charlie_Pace

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    I had a whole bunch of mediocre guitars, and I sold them all for my Nas T-63 which costs ~2k brand new. That being stated, there's many guitars more expensive than it, but it is by far the best telecaster I've ever played. Not only that, but it's fatter than a regular tele so I can play a ton of different styles of music through it.

    My motto has always been quality over quantity.

    My goal is to one day have a great Strat, Tele & a Les Paul/335/Gretsch. Totally not needed, but hey, I can dream.
     
  18. tsar nicholas

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    Get the two great ones
     
  19. pb641

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    As suggested above, keep trading up, or different, as cash allows and as you come across them. When I traded my LP Trad Pro Goldtop for a 93' PRS last year, a lot of friends thought I was crazy, but it just might be the "one". I love that damn guitar.
     
  20. Mangy71

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    I really want to find that "one" guitar that does it all. I love Strats, and I think if I found the perfect Strat & put a hot pickup in the bridge position I could be totally happy with just one.

    I haven't quite found that "one" that makes me stop looking though, and I have owned over 100 in the last 20 years.
     

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