I've gone from 18 to 6 guitars... and I'm happier with fewer!

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by RocknPop, Jan 25, 2020.

  1. RocknPop

    RocknPop Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2009
    I think I'm finally figuring this out (for myself), your situation may be different. But I think I have gotten to where I want to be with guitars. I'm 37 and I have owned over 40 guitars over the last 15 years. I think I got to where I am really happy with what I own and may be reaching a steady-state when it comes to purchasing guitars.

    These are a few high-level takeaways:
    1- I will prioritize a good story and history of a guitar over a new guitar at the store.
    I own my favorite guitarist's guitar, a Framus AK74 (from Pedro Frugone from La Ley). I spent 4 hours with him in his studio.
    I have a Squier JM JM that my wife gifted me for my birthday. I upgraded the pickups to Fender PV65 and it sounds great. Love the big frets too.

    2. Quality is extremely important...
    In my experience, I owned several Fenders, Gibsons, Epiphones, and other brands, but the ones that stuck have been well-built guitars like the PRS Signature Limited I bought brand new and the 2013 R8 I also bought new.
    I can put the 335 in this category as well since it's built really well.
    More specifically on the quality topic, I've found that I don't spend any time trying to change anything. It's excellent as it is.
    Lastly, my newly acquired PRS Special 22 is perfectly built. I'm really impressed by the attention to detail on this guitar.

    3. Having fewer guitars forces me to get to know the guitar and actually play!
    This is what I love the most about having fewer guitars. I don't get into analysis paralysis of "which guitar/tone should I use now" The guitars I have can cover close to any sonic spectrum.

    Last edited: Jan 25, 2020
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  2. sickboy79

    sickboy79 Member

    Aug 17, 2006
    Very cool! Good on you. I know I couldn't do it.
  3. Daytona57

    Daytona57 Member

    Sep 26, 2017
    I downsized, when strangers, were asking me, if it was true that I had 14 guitars.

    Down to:

    2 Telecasters
    2 Stratocasters
    1 Epiphone Les Paul
    2 80s Ibanez basses.

    1 expensive, 1 spare and the Ibanez basses are getting collectable.

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  4. Texsunburst59

    Texsunburst59 Member

    Mar 4, 2005
    Texas Gulf Coast
    Nice group you've got there.

    These would be MY top 6 guitars/bass if I could only have the main players.

    I'll NEVER EVER get down to 6, but these would be them if I HAD to.

    '99 Tom Anderson Hollow Drop Top Classic SSH
    '03 Tom Anderson Hollow T Drop Top HSH
    '15 Suhr Classic Pro SSH
    '09 PRS DGT
    '76 S.L. Mossman Great Plains Dred
    '74 Fender Jazz Bass
  5. Jazzandmore

    Jazzandmore Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 22, 2011
    I’m at 16...with a 17th being built right now...

    Could never get down to 6. I have a number of pieces no longer made that are unique, on top of having various custom built guitars. I fully admit I mostly play the custom built guitars, but some of the others are not ones I would willingly give up.

    There are a few I could sell, but the massive headache of dealing with buyers and shipping keep me from doing so.
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  6. Jason_77

    Jason_77 Member

    Jul 2, 2013
    Philadelphia, PA
    Funny enough, I was more excited about playing guitar when I only had one.
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  7. Gasp100

    Gasp100 Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2007
    North Myrtle Beach, SC
    I only have two, but you have a beautiful collection.
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  8. zosozep7

    zosozep7 Silver Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2008
    Rochester Hills Michigan
    That is exactly my goal! I have about 18 of them
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  9. Jabby92

    Jabby92 Member

    May 14, 2019
    You got a great mix now, all you need and more. I definitely agree, you're much better off owning really great stuff and not having a bunch of stuff lying around. I think its worth owning 1 or 2 cheaper guitars to gig with (i.e. guitars you don't care as much about) but other than that, stick to the best you can.
  10. BehindThe8Ball

    BehindThe8Ball Member

    Oct 23, 2010
    What were the 12 you let go? How long did it take to cut down and how'd you do it? Sell? Trade? What was the hardest one to get rid of?
  11. supersoldier71

    supersoldier71 Member

    Jan 27, 2010
    Fayetteville, NC
    I went from 12 electrics, two acoustics and a bass to 6, 1 and 1. And I’m favoring optimization over acquisitions.

    Pedals are a different ballgame. I might be a hoarder.
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  12. monty

    monty Member

    Mar 2, 2009
    parts unknown
    I suck, my goal this year was to downsize ( I have 12), sold 2 this week, bought 2 this week. D'oh!
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  13. RocknPop

    RocknPop Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2009
    I think the FS ads are in the Emporium still for some of these. This is what I let go most recently. None of them were too hard to let go, I usually sell for a very fair price, so it's usually quick:
    1- Nash T63 Sonic Blue (about a month on TGP)
    2- American Standard Strat Sunburst (about a month on TGP)
    3- PRS CE22 (about a month on TGP)
    4- PRS McCarty Soapbar 594 (about a month on TGP)
    5- PRS Zach Myer w/ upgraded with 59/09s (about a month on TGP)
    6- TA Raven Superbird (about 2 months on TGP)
    7- Fender American Thinline AVRI '69 (about a month on TGP)
    8- Starla X with P90s (about a month on TGP)
    9- Gibson Blueshawk '97 (about a month on TGP)
    10- Gibson R6 (about a week on TGP, I probably under priced it)
    11- Gibson CR8 (about 3 months locally on CL...I sunk too much money on it, including Plek and setups)
    12- PRS Custom 22 Black (a couple of weeks on TGP)

    Before that I had
    -. Some PRS CE22 1999 mahogany, '02 CE burst
    -. An Epi Casino and a Dot with Wolfetones
    -. Several Gibson Les Pauls - Traditional '13, Studio, Studio plus (flamed top), Traditional Pro '12
    -. A few strats American Deluxe, a couple of MIM bursts, a white MIM
    -. Two Classic Vibe Teles

    I have only traded guitars one or two times.
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  14. Ramboorider

    Ramboorider Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2017
    Philly - Wilmington area
    Try taking that down to 1 someday. I'm now down to 2 strat types, one primary, one backup. The backup lives in the closet until it's needed. The primary is always within reach. That way, I never have to think about WHAT I'm gonna play, so it frees me up to think about what I'm gonna PLAY.

    I'm not versatile enough to need all of those sonic choices anyway - any sound I ever want to get out of an electric guitar I can get out of a strat...
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2020
  15. Mondo Bizarro

    Mondo Bizarro Member

    Jan 16, 2020
    Congrats! I gave up trying. There are just too many cool guitars out there for me to limit myself to any sort of quota. I wish I could but guitars are my first love and only remaining vice. I don't travel, don't gamble, don't smoke. No fancy cars, no expensive shoes.
  16. monkeybike

    monkeybike Member

    Mar 4, 2019
    I learned a while ago that collections of anything are useless to me. Whether it’s guitars, or watches or shoes or any type of hobby. I’ll use my favourite thing 99% of the time and the rest of them gather dust.
  17. shupe13

    shupe13 Member

    Nov 21, 2019
    I've owned in the area of 75 guitars, maybe closer to 100, over the past 35 years. I've had 17 at one time. I'm down to a half dozen. Am I happier? No. Do I currently want a couple dozen more? Yes. The truth is I'll never be happy with what I have. I am less distracted with fewer guitars.
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  18. Anacharsis

    Anacharsis Member

    Mar 21, 2010
    I just hate selling, and I have enough climate controlled storage space (I own so little else, it's kind of funny), so I let them stick around. I'm at 17 and a bass now. I don't like playing less when I have more guitars. I remember. I play the same amount - possibly more - now than ever. Owning doesn't deter me from playing, but shopping/buying/selling/shipping did for sure.
  19. BADHAK

    BADHAK Member

    Apr 28, 2012
    I've only had about 20 electric guitars (2 or 3 acoustics )in nearly 40 years and have never owned more than 5 at a time. Currently have 4......
    73 Strat
    02 LP Standard
    06 Faded LP Special with Pearly Gates and 50's wiring
    '13 SG Standard
    and can't see myself owning more unless I sell one. I mainly play the Gibsons and would get by no problem with just one of them.
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2020
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  20. Aslan

    Aslan Silver Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2007
    I have 10 and will probably get down to 4 over the next few years:

    PRS Santana MD
    PRS Custom 22
    PRS spruce Hollowbody
    PRS Hollowbody II
    PRS Hollowbody II siglecut
    Gretsch Brian Setzer 6128
    Gretsch Elliot Easton 6118
    Benedetto Benny
    Fender Eric Clapton artist Olympic white
    Fender Eric Clapton artist Pewter

    I play the Clapton strats at gigs, I need to trim down the rest to one of the PRS Hollowbody’s and I’ll always keep the Benedetto.
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