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My guitar count is now 11, I think I've gone crazy

dB451

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Just to be clear, is it only guitars you want to know about? So, not bouzoukis? How about Charangos? Or Tiples? Cumbuses? Berimbaus? Autoharps? 5-string banjos? Six-string banjos? 4-string "tenor" banjos (with or without nylon strings)? "Dobro" mandolins? Electro-acoustic mandolins? Standard Ukuleles? Banjo ukuleles? Eight-string concert ukuleles? 6-string, electro-acoustic ukuleles? Ukelins, even? Or basses... how about basses? 7/8 size? 15/16 size (Ibanez Mikro 4- or 5-strings, my current favorites, but with Funkmaster 66 strings)? 4-string travel bass? 5-string travel bass, with stand-up bass extension? Fretless bass? 8-string bass? 6-string bass? Acoustic 5-string bass? Danelectro Longhorn bass? Acoustic 6-string guitars? 12-string acoustic guitars? Dreadnought guitars (so over them, actually)? "Parlor" acoustic guitars (yes!)? 12-string electrics? 6-string electrics? Strats? Les Paul "standards" (no cutaways)? Les Paul Specials (double-cutaways)? Les Paul Florentine hollow-bodies? SGs? Nighthawks? Teles? Teles with string-bender attachments? Lap steel guitars? Pedal steel guitars? Jazz-boxes, large or small, deep or shallow? 335s (or Art Cores, or Hamer Echotones)? Piezo-magnetic, thin-line hollow-bodies? Hollow-bodies with Bigsby vibratos (ok)? Electrics with Floyd Rose vibratos (yuk, ptooey)? Electrics with Bigsby vibratos (meh)? Electrics with Kahler vibratos (ah, a gold standard)? '"Dobros"? Classicals? Or how about mini guitars... mini strats, mini Les Pauls (single- or double-pickups), mini SGs, mini Flying V's? So, not violins, violas, cellos, or stand-up basses? Maybe it's just me, but I'm thinkin' they're all good! I suppose there's medication for that, lol.
 

Ray175

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10-20 is a good size for getting a nice variety of sounds and feels. Beyond that I can undersand the desire for visual variety and finer differences in feel/sound, but don't feel theneed to go there. There are sounds I want to add to my collection that are currently absent are - a nice dobro, a Rickenbacker 360 for "chime", a good 'cello (first instrument from age 11-17), and maybe a twin P90 ES-125 from the early 1960s. Collection currently is :
  1. 1976 Ibanez 513 mandoline
  2. Martin JM mahogany jumbo
  3. Martin J12-16GT twelve string
  4. 1961 Gibson ES-175D with PAFs - a pure jazz machine for "thunk" heaven
  5. 1986 Charvel model HSS superstrat with very thin neck and excellent tremolo - great all-rounder
  6. 1978 Ibanez Musician MC400 NT - 24 frets, ebony board, trisound pickups and 3 band active eq/boost. Most comfortable neck I've ever played
  7. 1980 Ibanez AS200 with super 58 pickups when blues and jazz are needed at the same gig. Sound is close to the ES-175D, but the hotter pickups give more natural overdrive when needed
  8. 2006 Peavey Omniac JD (Jerry Donahue) for a great tele sound, but with special Seymour Duncan pickups that will also give a strat neck sound. Compound radius neck is very cosy, and bending is pure heaven (including behind the nut)
  9. 2014 Ibanez AR420 bought for fun, but the tri-sound modern super 58s give a Peter Green sound when they are out of phase with each other. Bats way above its price band.
  10. 2016 Ibanez Artist AR2619 Prestige (MIJ) to fill the gap for a Les Paul feel. Better for me than most of the Les Paul standards I've played and at half the price. Super80 trisound pickups make it a great all purpose workhorse where one guitar must cover multiple bases
  11. 2008 Custom Shop 1961 NOS stratocaster in sonic blue. Retirement present to myself and and excellent copy of my very first quality electric guitar - a 1962 sonic bue strat back in 1970.Great for most things except large bends at fret 15 and above (due to 9.5" radius). The Charvel 4 comes close to many of the sounds from the strat, but well, only a real strat sounds 100% like a strat
  12. 2018 Gretsch 5220g Electromatic Jet with lovely goldtop finish. Gives a natural, inimitable Gretsch "crunch" that I can only get by tweaking very finely on eq, overdrve and distortion. I like the master volume to swith quickly from rythm to lead whilst keeping the same sound
  13. 2015 Höfner violin bass - as a guitarist I love the lightness, short scale and skinny neck - tapewounds are great for jazz and pop bass playing but not enough "snap" for slap and harder rock
 
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Bluestar

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That's a good number to start with - starting looking for deals and put your back into it! C'mon, post some pics so we can really egg you on.
 

Tritone

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I'm up to 14 electric guitars, two baritones, and a bass. I still want to buy an acoustic, a couple more basses and one more electric. I also want to sell off a few guitars off... when I can get around to it.
 

kevmac

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10-20 is a good size for getting a nice variety of sounds and feels. Beyond that I can undersand the desire for visual variety and finer differences in feel/sound, but don't feel theneed to go there. There are sounds I want to add to my collection that are currently absent are - a nice dobro, a Rickenbacker 360 for "chime", a good 'cello (first instrument from age 11-17), and maybe a twin P90 ES-125 from the early 1960s. Collection currently is :
  1. 1976 Ibanez 513 mandoline
  2. Martin JM mahogany jumbo
  3. Martin J12-16GT twelve string
  4. 1961 Gibson ES-175D with PAFs - a pure jazz machine for "thunk" heaven
  5. 1986 Charvel model HSS superstrat with very thin neck and excellent tremolo - great all-rounder
  6. 1978 Ibanez Musician MC400 NT - 24 frets, ebony board, trisound pickups and 3 band active eq/boost. Most comfortable neck I've ever played
  7. 1980 Ibanez AS200 with super 58 pickups when blues and jazz are needed at the same gig. Sound is close to the ES-175D, but the hotter pickups give more natural overdrive when needed
  8. 2006 Peavey Omniac JD (Jerry Donahue) for a great tele sound, but with special Seymour Duncan pickups that will also give a strat neck sound. Compound radius neck is very cosy, and bending is pure heaven (including behind the nut)
  9. 2014 Ibanez AR420 bought for fun, but the tri-sound modern super 58s give a Peter Green sound when they are out of phase with each other. Bats way above its price band.
  10. 2016 Ibanez Artist AR2619 Prestige (MIJ) to fill the gap for a Les Paul feel. Better for me than most of the Les Paul standards I've played and at half the price. Super80 trisound pickups make it a great all purpose workhorse where one guitar must cover multiple bases
  11. 2008 Custom Shop 1961 NOS stratocaster in sonic blue. Retirement present to myself and and excellent copy of my very first quality electric guitar - a 1962 sonic bue strat back in 1970.Great for most things except large bends at fret 15 and above (due to 9.5" radius). The Charvel 4 comes close to many of the sounds from the strat, but well, only a real strat sounds 100% like a strat
  12. 2018 Gretsch 5220g Electromatic Jet with lovely goldtop finish. Gives a natural, inimitable Gretsch "crunch" that I can only get by tweaking very finely on eq, overdrve and distortion. I like the master volume to swith quickly from rythm to lead whilst keeping the same sound
  13. 2015 Höfner violin bass - as a guitarist I love the lightness, short scale and skinny neck - tapewounds are great for jazz and pop bass playing but not enough "snap" for slap and harder rock
22 basses,two electric guitars and two acoustic six string.I have a Dano Longhorn an Orange O bass and a Squire Affinity Jaguar H bass on order.I know I'm out of my mind.Hey, I'm 65 and retired and can recall the days of heavy gigging when I could just about afford new strings because things like rent or mortgage,braces for the children and the rest came first.Then after 18 years I became divorced and was really broke.I'd look at bass player magazine like porn, drooling over the latest gear.Now I'm financially secure and don't smoke,drink or drive fancy cars so I buy the gear I never could.Though now I'm all dressed up with no where to go so to speak as my gigging is minimal.Life's cruel.
 

Strummerfan

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My numbers have always gone up and down. Rule of thumb- if you aren't getting into debt or going without things you need to buy gear, you should be okay.
 

CSB123

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Lol help from TGP….

i am up to around 10 in my first year, sadly i love acoustic too, so 3 acoustics and 7 electrics. I have tried to give myself as much variety as possible, and traded my first three for another 3. Guitars are one thing, amps, speakers and such is a whole other ball game.

this is what happens when you start middle aged and a hint of disposable income. Many more i am after in both acoustic and electric.

Keeps me busy when i cant be practicing.
 

ZoomP

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... Please make me feel better

I'm at 12 due to the space constraints, but becos of that I've sold at least 30-40 guitars over the years just to rotate within that 12 guitar space. It's sickness...
 
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johnnyninja

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I churned through about 15 rather quickly when I got back into playing after a long layoff. The most I had at one time was 5. I’m down to 2 now, and may sell one. I never thought I could be a one guitar guy, but my Strandberg seems to be all I want to play. I’ll probably end up with another Strandberg, and that will be my two.
 
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I'm at ten right now and I'm beginning to feel that the guitars own me rather than the other way around (time and expenses for upkeep).

Nonetheless, I still want to have a PRS McCarthy, a second Les Paul, a Martin D-18, a baritone and a twelve-string electric, plus an inexpensive bass.

** facepalm **
 

sunking101

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I had nine 6 months ago and now have five. I sold off the average ones and am now left with beauts. I do have GAS for a few more though but my tastes are expensive these days so sadly the gaps between purchases are getting larger.:(
 

dcbc

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I've been playing the minor leagues since the early days, but I just went from 9 to 8 and feel in balance. 3 teles, a strat, LP, SG, 335, PRS HB II.
 

shallbe

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I’m at 21, including an acoustic and a bass for recording.
 

Ray175

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10-20 is a good size for getting a nice variety of sounds and feels. Beyond that I can undersand the desire for visual variety and finer differences in feel/sound, but don't feel theneed to go there. There are sounds I want to add to my collection that are currently absent are - a nice dobro, a Rickenbacker 360 for "chime", a good 'cello (first instrument from age 11-17), and maybe a twin P90 ES-125 from the early 1960s. Collection currently is :
  1. 1976 Ibanez 513 mandoline
  2. Martin JM mahogany jumbo
  3. Martin J12-16GT twelve string
  4. 1961 Gibson ES-175D with PAFs - a pure jazz machine for "thunk" heaven
  5. 1986 Charvel model HSS superstrat with very thin neck and excellent tremolo - great all-rounder
  6. 1978 Ibanez Musician MC400 NT - 24 frets, ebony board, trisound pickups and 3 band active eq/boost. Most comfortable neck I've ever played
  7. 1980 Ibanez AS200 with super 58 pickups when blues and jazz are needed at the same gig. Sound is close to the ES-175D, but the hotter pickups give more natural overdrive when needed
  8. 2006 Peavey Omniac JD (Jerry Donahue) for a great tele sound, but with special Seymour Duncan pickups that will also give a strat neck sound. Compound radius neck is very cosy, and bending is pure heaven (including behind the nut)
  9. 2014 Ibanez AR420 bought for fun, but the tri-sound modern super 58s give a Peter Green sound when they are out of phase with each other. Bats way above its price band.
  10. 2016 Ibanez Artist AR2619 Prestige (MIJ) to fill the gap for a Les Paul feel. Better for me than most of the Les Paul standards I've played and at half the price. Super80 trisound pickups make it a great all purpose workhorse where one guitar must cover multiple bases
  11. 2008 Custom Shop 1961 NOS stratocaster in sonic blue. Retirement present to myself and and excellent copy of my very first quality electric guitar - a 1962 sonic bue strat back in 1970.Great for most things except large bends at fret 15 and above (due to 9.5" radius). The Charvel 4 comes close to many of the sounds from the strat, but well, only a real strat sounds 100% like a strat
  12. 2018 Gretsch 5220g Electromatic Jet with lovely goldtop finish. Gives a natural, inimitable Gretsch "crunch" that I can only get by tweaking very finely on eq, overdrve and distortion. I like the master volume to swith quickly from rythm to lead whilst keeping the same sound
  13. 2015 Höfner violin bass - as a guitarist I love the lightness, short scale and skinny neck - tapewounds are great for jazz and pop bass playing but not enough "snap" for slap and harder rock
Numbers 14 and 15 are on the way. Warwick in Germany are building me an electric upright bass, which will be my new adventure for 2021. It will arrive in a couple of months.
In the next day or so I expect delivery of a 1974 Ibanez 2344 diuble cut Melody Maker into which I will install a pair of Lollar P90's that I received fot my birthday - not sure if that will cure my itch for a 2xP90 archtop........
I'm selling my 1978 Ibanez Musician MC400 NT to partly cover the cost of these two new babies. If you're in Europe, reach out to me for a great deal at 1350€ - if paying intercontinental shipping is OK, then sending to US or Canada is also possible.
 




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