How did you find the "one" guitar for you?

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  1. 8len8

    8len8 Member

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    Random luck. Had a Les Paul that I wasn’t bonding with so I went to GC to check some others out. Took one off the rack that was lightweight and had a thin neck. After a pickup swap it’s been my #1 for over 10 years. And it was on sale!
     
  2. 21Hemispheres12

    21Hemispheres12 Supporting Member

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    Annnnddd now I have GAS for an ES Les Paul black beauty! I’ve never seen one of those before but that’s a truly amazing looking Les Paul!
     
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  3. wetordry

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    Haggled a junk store owner down to 90 bux after a year with 5 strings bouncing around his place.
    It was a pity rescue project that kept getting better.
    It's almost due a refret, should be even better then, but it's already passed that bar.

    Just a chance thing, I didn't really even want it.
    Another month it would probably been glued to the ceiling fan.
     
  4. bearbike137

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    Walked into CME this past April only intending to browse - walked out with THE best sounding guitar I have ever played: Collings I-35 LC with Throbaks. Done.
     
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  5. twotone

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    I've never owned a guitar that I would consider irreplaceable.
     
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  6. WayneM

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    congrats...I own a all Limba Jr. 90 (and a good friend owns one like yours) and this Thorn model is excellent.
    Enjoy!
     
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  7. Bluesful

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    No such thing as the 'one' for me.

    I like waaaay too many different tones etc.
     
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  8. Urobouros

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    :agree If I play for more than 10 mins I’ll switch at least once :aok
     
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  9. shane8

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    works for me …. this is what I've done
    +1

    I have 3 that I like heaps but I reckon I could find something wonderful in a day. :|
     
  10. Help!I'maRock!

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    I played a ton of Gibsons, got super disappointed, bought a PRS. Been #1 for 14 years.
     
  11. orourke

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    I always have a number 1. They usually stay in that spot for 4 to 10 years. Some I’ve played half to death and moved on instead of getting a fret job.

    I love a guitar that has versatility and has a little originality. I used to mod guitars a lot but now I just like to find new guitars that I like stock.

    This PRS Studio has been has been my no. 1 four 4 years and I’m still crazy about it.

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  12. speedyone

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    My Journey went like this, from my 1st at age 13 to “The One,” today:

    1987 - Harmony Les Paul copy
    1988- Tanara (Jackson dual humbucker knockoff)
    1989- Peavey Predator (Strat copy, what I developed
    most of my technique on)
    1990-1992- Gibson Les Paul studio (got it because I LOVED
    Randy Rhoads, couldn’t afford a Jackson V, and this
    was the next best thing!)
    1993-1997- Jackson Dinky
    1998-2000- Fernandes Strat Copy
    2001- Yamaha Pacifica Strat style
    2002-2006- Fender American Standard Telecaster, Carvin DC127, Carvin DC727
    2007-2018- Fender Thinline Tele, Carvin H2, Fender 50’s Strat, Soloway (Amazing sound!!! But 27” scale was a no-go,) G&L Legacy, Rice Custom 7 String Strat, Carvin HH2T, Fender Player Strat, Fender American Standard Strat
    2019- Ibanez RG752AHM Prestige.........

    Drum Roll..........


    1983 Fender Elite Strat!!!

    Took me 32 years to find, but it sounds PERFECT for everything I play.

    For metal, fusion, clean, thrash, anything.... I love it.

    :)
     
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  13. David Garner

    David Garner Supporting Member

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    I’ve got two that are home base for me. The first, an EJ Strat, I picked up on a whim at a music store. I knew I was going to buy it when I played it unplugged. The second, my 93 Les Paul Standard, I got from the Emporium here. I was going to flip it if I didn’t like it. That wasn’t a problem as it turns out — it’s been my no. 1 for five years now. It still is even though I now have a second LP.

    Here’s the two of them together:

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  14. scotty31

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    If you want to play broad styles, no one guitar is likely to do it for you.

    i have always asked myself what i would play if i was to only play one guitar.
    Answer is its probably not an electric.
    I would likely play an OM, probably a Martin OM28 or Santa Cruz OM Grand.

    If only because they are the perfect acoustic to me, and i have never found the perfect electric.
     
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  15. rockon1

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    Bought my first Ibanez RG in 1990. Still have it along with four others. Tried all the classics since but the RG's remain. Yeah I still own a couple Strats, a Tele but my RG's just feel right for me. Bob

    My 90 RG. Have nicer ones but this ones still here.

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  16. macatt

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    In my experience, You usually get used to a guitar in a certain amount of time and end up bonding with it.
    I've been gigging for 56 years and for the first few decades I only owned one guitar at a time; guitars that grew on me so to speak. (they have overlapped a little though)
    I've bonded with a Rickenbacher, a Les Paul Jr, A custom Tele, a Hamer...

    There have been only two that I couldn't connect with . One was a 1963 Jazzmaster I bought in '66. The other was a new Tele I bought in '72.

    My current three main favorites; a '71 Strat I've been playing for 38 years, an '85 Strat with a '67 Tele neck I've played for the last 18 years and a Gretsch 6120 Jr I've played since 2011. These three do seem to have something 'special' but ...

    I have about a dozen others that could each be a main player after a short adjustment period. (mostly Strats, Teles, Gretsch, Warmouth, USACG)
    I'm not on the lookout for any more :)

    S Mac
     
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  17. Average Joe

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    Trial and error, and so far I only have it down to types, rather than individual guitars. I like strat styles, sometimes with other pickups, and I like 335s. I have good examples of either, keepers. otoh, I don't believe I'll ever be one of those guys who have a "The One" in absolute terms. Guitars are somewhat interchangeable to me. I'd hate to lose what I have, they're good instruments, but I'm sure I could find others that would work for me
     
  18. the.godfather

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    Isn't it funny how many peoples 'one' guitar have been through chance or luck it seems. A few of the posts in this thread so far have been guitars that have come along when we've not really been looking for them. A lot of the time a big expensive custom never turns out as good as expected, at least in my experience anyway.

    I'm pretty sure I've not found my 'one' yet. I have 3 or 4 very good instruments though that all have their uses.
     
  19. jota

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    I went on a telecaster hunt. I had a Gibson LP and a Fender Stratocaster at the time and wanted a Telecaster.
    Tried every single one I could find (except a Ritchie Kotzen because it was out of my price wrange) and the very last one I tried was the one.
    Spent one month talking to the guy in the store to get a better price and, once I got the money and saw he was not going any lower, I bought it.
    It didn't immediately became my #1 but slowly crawled up to the top of the list and it's been the one I always go back to for the last 10 or so years.

     
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  20. GenoVox

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    How did I find “the one”?? I dunno... I still haven’t found it! (playing 4 decades)

    Nowadays, I always say my PRS is my “#1”, but that’s mainly cuz it’s basically the nicest guitar I own

    Although, forced to choose just one... it’d have to be a Strat of some kind (though not necessarily my current one, so it comes full circle again)
     

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