Just One Guitar

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  1. GravityJim

    GravityJim Member

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    Well, this went south in a hurry. I guess I should have started a thread titled something like, "How Many Guitars Do You Have That You Never Play?"
     
  2. Floyd Eye

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    Zero.
     
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  3. Rob Taft

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    I own quite a few 25+ and there are some that I haven't played in a year or so. That said, I don't feel any need to sell them at a loss or go through the hassle of Reverb, Ebay etc. I have 12 or so out on wall hangers and I go through periods where I only play one type of music or guitar. I don't own multiple variations of the same guitar i.e. I have one Les Paul, one good tele etc. If I was gigging professional musician , I would probably be down to playing only a few guitars based on the music I played. Myself, I love all kinds of music. At the present it is classical and flamenco and occasionally jazz fingerstyle. I don't find that owning multiple guitars has diminished my practice time or time spent playing. I play everyday at least 2-3 hours but I might go two weeks playing with a pick than back to classical or fingerstyle. There are some skills such as classical tremolo and the rasquedo that require daily or at least every other day play to maintain a certain level of proficiency so I try for a balance.
     
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  4. joethepainter

    joethepainter It's Life, but not as we know it

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    Wait, what? How did this thread "go south?" Some agreed, some had a different take. Isn't that why we're here, to listen to another point of view? Relax, Jim. Your thread is doing fine.
     
  5. Floyd Eye

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    Yeah relax Jim. Have a Vicotini. I am. ;-)
     
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  6. The Opera Panther

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    Yeah, I dunno. I have 6 nice electrics that I play pretty regularly, plus the aforementioned Dano 12 that only sees occasional use. Plus a bass, and 2 acoustics. Could I have 3 electrics, plus the other stuff I use for recording? Sure. But why? I already have them, and the idea of taking a big loss on them for (why, again?)...seems odd. I dont really need to recoup the cash in them, so there’s basically no point. Plus, I like ‘em all, and play them a bunch. I don’t think I’d be happy with just one. So I have a bunch.
     
  7. Laurence

    Laurence Silver Supporting Member

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    I did for years, because I couldn't afford to act differently. I do think it's a great way to get the most out of your gear and talent (forcing yourself to 'make do' with limited options).
     
  8. twotone

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    When I was a teenager I had only one guitar, an electric. I eventually got tired of having to borrow my brother's guitar when I wanted to play acoustic.
     
  9. MrTAteMyBalls

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    Yeah I did it. I only really ever gigged one guitar, but I had a small stable of 4 or 5 different guitars. I fell in love with SG's about 5 years ago and now I have only 1 SG.

    I put a P90 in the neck so I can get some single coil lead and clean sounds out of it and an SD 59/ custom hybrid in the bridge. that guitar sounds like magic. I really love it and feel totally satisfied with just 1.
     
  10. Ides of March

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    I totally get the idea OP. I mainly gravitate to my LPC when I play or have to learn anything or jam. I feel more comfortable with it rather than my Trad Plus or Studio LP. But I have to have a backup in case of different tunings or my main being worked on.
     
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    I have one acoustic, one electric, and a beater acoustic. I am pretty content (though another acoustic might be nice). But I don't gig, so I don't need back up.
     
  12. AudioWonderland

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    No and no. The guitars in the closet have no bearing on what I am playing but when a Tele is called for it makes no sense to try to do it with a 335
     
  13. dirk_benedict

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    I sympathize with the OP. I tend to have multiple bands with catalogs that require different instruments/sound and so stripping down to one is not likely for me, but I have considered it.

    What I find is that, at times, different guitars inspire me, so regardless of what I am using at a gig, I’ll use just one axe for home practice for long stretches at a time. I dont find having the other instruments as a distraction.
     
  14. jackaroo

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    I get it...and have been playing one guitar primarily for several years. But there was a time when having access to many tones was integral to my work. So, I bought and sold a lot of instruments.

    Now that I’m out of the game, I just have what I love...

    About 15!
     
  15. HesNot

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    For most of my most active playing days, high school, college and graduate school - basically my late teens through 30 - I had two electrics (the Epiphone in my sig and an AmStd Tele) - one amp - two pedals. I managed to make it all work just fine it seemed. Like you Ray work, kids, etc... cut into my playing time and I sold off everything but the Epiphone and got a pocket pod and played irregularly for a good decade. About 2 years ago I started playing regularly - kicking off rust and enjoying every minute of it. I am over represented on dual humbucker guitars at the moment with 3 - the Epiphone was my first electric that my late father helped me buy back in 82 (matched my lawnmower money) so it's not going anywhere - the PRS cu24 was/is my dream guitar. The SE is superflous and likely will end up being sold or go to my son - it's a terrific guitar in every way I just play the cu24 more. The Ibanez is a terrific instrument and covers my tele and pseudo strat needs. I'd like a P90 based instrument, I just haven't found one I want at a price I'm willing to pay having sucked up the PRS cu24 cost this year. So basically 4 would be the magic number I think - humbucker single coil P90.

    Don't even get me started on amps and pedals....

    So could I live with one guitar? I certainly have in the past and could again for sure. Do I enjoy the variety of tones and feels? Sure I do even if I don't absolutely need it (I have been working to start another band but that's been a challenge...). Do I need 10-20 etc...? I don't know that I could do that - just not much in my DNA as I'm somewhat thrifty and would have a hard time with cash tied up in things that I don't need or use to their potential. Which is not a criticism of anyone else who enjoys the collecting aspects - or those who record and like having a lot of colors on the palette..
     
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    NO! I have 20 guitars, so clearly that is the correct number...for me. Though honestly, I could be fine/happy with around 10.
     
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  17. John 14:6

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    You need a backup if you gig. Have you ever played a gig with one guitar and busted a string? You don't want to be that guy. You would come off as looking unprofessional and unprepared. I remember David Lee Roth saying "never trust a guitar player who owns just one guitar."
     
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    I understand where you're coming from and I've gone through periods of downsizing for similar reasons. It always ends up being a temporary phase though.
     
  19. shallbe

    shallbe Deputy Plankspanker Gold Supporting Member

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    I like the idea of downsizing, but not the act itself, or the aftermath.

    I've done it and always regretted it. I miss some of those guitars now, and some would be worth big $$$$.

    All my guitars (16, including 2 acoustics and a bass) are pretty different, and they are all on hangers and all get gigged. I bring a pair each time, whether it is a band gig or a duo gig. I enjoy the nuances and different feel of each instrument, and I LOVE working on them---changing strings, action, frets, etc. Also, it is very interesting when recording how much a change on a track a different guitar makes.
     
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  20. 4inchjones

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    I have two acoustics (6 and 12 string), a bass, and 5 electrics - covering the gamut of solid bodies and semi-hollows with P 90, humbuckers and single coils. But if I had to suddenly choose one for the desert island, it would be the Tele. I never thought I'd be "that guy", but I just got my first real Tele, a nice butterscotch blonde, and it really can handle anything I need. Having the others is great for recording or just for a change of vibe, but they're not "must haves".
     

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