TGPers, why do you own multiples of the same guitar?

cap10kirk

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I had 2 Les Pauls for a while. One of those was just for trying different pickups and wiring mods, while my #1 stayed unchanged (consistent) for gigging.
Since I'm not constantly modifying things anymore, I have no need/desire for multiple examples of any one guitar.
 

Boston617

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Tunings.

E standard
Eb standard (with D-Tuna)
D standard
Db standard
B standard

4 standard guitars and a baritone. All I'll ever need.
 

LeicaBossNJ

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I feel uneasy with the feeling of having 4 electrics, let alone two of the same kind.

If I ever find myself with two of the same kind - they sit in stands glaring at each other - because they know one of them has to go.
 

fjrabon

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I’ve got two LPs, but one is a gold top with P90s and the other is a dual humbucker dark burst.

I’ve got three teles: a thinline with a rosewood fretboard, a HH with a rosewood board and a traditional maple board 50s style white guard.

my most similar guitars are the thinline tele and the maple neck tele. along with my 335 and my bucker LP.
 

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Even in the same model guitars come in all different forms - I have two strats, for example, that are entirely different -
One is a poly finish, 9.5inch radius, modern specs and is rather hefty
The other is in nitro, 7.25inch radius, vintage specs and is lighter
The two guitars get totally different sounds considering they're both single coil strats
 

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I read a lot of threads on here where people mention having a lot of examples of the same type of guitar. Like having 12 guitars in total, but 8 Teles.

For those that do this, what's the rationale rather than going for a more broad collection of guitar types?
I have 4 suhr moderns. One more on the way this week. Two more on order with Suhr. Here are my reasons:

1: why Suhr? the Suhr Modern is my favorite guitar to play. I have other top-notch guitars and rarely play them. The Suhrs to me are comfy, fun and amazing to play, and get the job done. I’ve owned so many guitars and these are just incredible. They sit right (whether I’m standing or sitting) and they deliver. Plus I just play better with the Modern than I do with other guitars.

2: tonal differences. I have 2 in Koa, 2 in alder, 1 in swamp ash. They sound different but play / feel similar. I like that.

3: tuning flexibility. With my newly forming band I play mainly the alder ones. One is tuned standard, one 1/2 step down. One of the Koas is drop D 1/2 step down.

4. Aesthetics. They’re gorgeous and / or badass. The white tiger and neon drip are, well, dripping with 80s awesomeness. The koas are just beautiful. The two on order are a glorious combination of gorgeous and tone monsters.

5. I love the people behind the brand. They’re just awesome. @Husky and team are a joy to work with and to know. They know how to build great guitars and they know how to work with people.

It’s kind of cyclical. #5 feeds #1. As a result, I love to look at and get a new Suhr. And if it has a reverse, matching headstock I feel like it’s made for me, even if I’m not the one who ordered it. \m/ .... and it must be mine!!!!

Hopefully that makes sense.
 
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I own a Silverburst Custom, R8 Lemonburst and an R7 goldtop because I want to and I can afford them. I see an R9 in my future as well. Really just that simple.
 

zero_kool

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I don’t currently but at one point in time I owned two American deluxe strats at the same time. Both were same year, wood, and electronics. The only difference appearance wise or in specs was the color. So essentially the same guitar & they both sounded completely different. So my answer from that experience is that no two guitars sound the same.
 

daacrusher2001

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Besides liking different colors...I have two T's - a Suhr and a K-Line. I use them both a lot. I usually keep one tuned to open G.

No dupes on anything else.

I was thinking of getting something that is not a T-style - something different. Don't know what tho'.
 

jvin248

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I like guitars.

I have more than one.

Though I'm combining functions as I narrow the playing fleet; Tele with 4-way, Strat with Armstrong Blender, LP with coil splits.

The excesses I have are flippers. If a good deal comes along I'll grab it and later resell.

Some are repairs, like a Teisco Tulip with excessive neck back bow and a single direction truss rod. Removed and reset the fretboard, installed stainless steel frets because I was feeling wicked, and will flip it now that it plays well (at the risk the next owner will strip it for pickups). It sounds more awesome than I expected -- basically P90s at LP scale length and the whole guitar weighs only 5.5lbs because of the body design.

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Steely Diode

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I take the Noah and the Ark approach to my guitars: I have 2 of every guitar model I wanted to own. I have 2 Strats (1 Mex 1 Jap); 2 Teles (1 '52 RI, 1 LTD cheap Asian copy); 2 LPs (an '05 Standard and a '14 R7); 2 335s (a red block marker, a sunburst Dot) and 2 PRS SEs (a Custom 22 and a 245). Love them all. Play them all.
 

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I think for me, I've come to realize I like the feel and shape of certain instruments over others and I like certain pickups. My preference is Les Paul type guitars with HBs. I like the variations on the theme that sound, feel, and play different. I've tried twice to do the Flying V but the string spacing and the fact I'm not a metal player have made me realize it's just not my jam. It would sit on my wall looking cool but I'd rarely play it. Instead, I'm going to take out the particular set of Whole Lot of Humbuckers in them (which sound awesome) and put them in a Les Paul Goldtop that's on the way. I'll be finding a new home for this V. Great guitar...just not my jam.

The other reason I'd want a number of the same model/style of guitar is to handle different tunings. Once you hit my age (near 50) and you're trying to play rock songs of yore with similar older guys, get ready to tune down a half step or full step to help the singer.

The last of course is just the simple vanity of it...just like throwing on different jeans or different short sleeved shirts.
 

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I have 7 Jazzmasters. I guess I like them. Different colors, different models, different pickups, and so on. I’ll likely have one or three more before I’m done.
 


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