Guitar Gender

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Phoebe, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. Phoebe

    Phoebe Senior Member

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    Seems like almost every other post in which someone's gushing about their guitar contains a lame reference to the instrument as "she".

    Why do those of you who refer to your guitars as women do so?

    I'm not trying to open a Pandora's Box of witty replies. I'm genuinely curious as to what makes a guitar female. Are there male guitars in your collection as well? How do you determine the gender in the first place?
     
  2. Jahn

    Jahn Listens to Johnny Marr, plays like John Denver Supporting Member

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    Teles are handsome and male, Strats are sexy and female. Les Pauls are sexy but male...
     
  3. w00dsy

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    plugging it in can be a very erotic moment
     
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    mwhy Supporting Member

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    In most Romance-/Latin-based languages (and maybe others around the world, I don't know), objects/nouns are "gendered;" one would have to research languages a bit more to figure out why a bicycle, for example, is a feminine noun ("la" bicicleta) and a car ("el" coche, in Spanish) is a masculine noun.

    In these languages (and again, maybe other Asian languages?), the guitar is a feminine word, "la" guitarra, so referring to a guitar as a "she" makes linguistic sense.

    Segovia used to say that guitars are "shaped like a woman," so maybe that's another reason...
     
  6. gregsguitars

    gregsguitars Member

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    Like ships, planes, etc.etc. all my guitars are feminine , I love them, caress them , care for them and treat them with respect, just like a woman, If I were female my guitars would be male ......
     
  7. RobRowland

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    People referring to inanimate objects by gender is one of the many, many things which gets right under my skin.

    But then I am exceptionally grumpy and anti-social, so YMMV.
     
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    cvansickle Supporting Member

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    A guitar is a tool. It's genderless.

    When a guitar makes me breakfast, I'll start referring to it as female.
     
  9. Phoebe

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    You sound like a grumpy old man like me....

    It doesn't bother me, but it does sound pretty stupid. I think most people do it without realizing how daft it makes them sound.
     
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    Thwap Silver Supporting Member

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    Pretty much my take on it.
     
  11. marsos52

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    so if a guitar has a pointed headstock ...that makes it a male??
     
  12. J3F

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    I beat the **** out of my guitars, really slap them around. Especially when I'm drunk.


    Just like my women.
     
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    I don't really think of my car or guitars as gender-specific, but as a woman, I'd have to think of them as males.

    But that's just my .02 cents.
     
  14. sabby

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    I'm ashamed at myself for laughing out loud at this post.


    :D
     
  15. imsilly

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    If it doesn't have a penis hanging off it it's a female.

    Same rule applies for everyone and not just guitars.
     
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    Uma Floresta Senior Member

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    Attributing gender and names to guitars is just about the most irritating thing ever. Possibly a close second to those truck balls things.
     
  17. sixty-four

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    LOL...funny.

    And yeah, I think it's stupid and cornball.
     
  18. DavidLopezJr

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    I believe the japenese are working on something like that to come out this fall.
     
  19. Blanket Jackson

    Blanket Jackson ¿Qué Hiciste? Silver Supporting Member

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    Historically male-dominated culture referred to objects of desire (ships, cars, etc.) as "she" - no mystery there. Guitars are objects of desire. Many TGP members are male. Convention, not a rule.

    It's actually a dumb-ass empty-headed male way of showing honor or respect. It's kind of a compliment, from a typical idiot guy.
     
  20. Polynitro

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    I call my Teles 'little boy' and 'fat man' because they destroy all other teles and it gives me the power of life/uterus envy
     

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