Whilst browsing my copy of The Guitar Player’s Handbook the other day my eye was caught by Rule 12 in Rules for the Gigging Guitarist (the section more widely known simply as ‘The Rules’. Rule 12 is of course ‘The Correct Number of Guitars to Own’ and reads as follows: “While the minimum number of guitars one should own is three*, the correct number is n+1, where n is the number of guitars currently owned. This equation may also be re-written as s-1, where s is the number of guitars owned that would result in separation from your partner.” *You need a minimum of three guitars: Your number one guitar. This is the one you play first at any gig when you want to sound your best. It’s your work-horse, tried and tested over the years and always delivers the goods. Your back-up. This is the one you take on gigs in case of string breakage on your no. 1. It may be identical to no. 1, but is usually different (eg no.1 is a Les Paul and no, 2 is a Strat, or vice-versa, or it may be your latest oddball pawnshop prize that needs trying out a few times before you realise why it was in the pawnshop in the first place). It may also be a guitar set up for slide or alternate tuning. Your acoustic / your bass. This one’s usually left at home and used for practice, but also comes in handy for recording or those unusual gigs you get asked to play from time to time. It occurred to me that this rule needs amending to include allowance for: “One – a Telecaster” (for badasses only) and I wondered what you guys think, whether Rule 12 applies to you as it stands and whether there are any other amendments that could be suggested for the next edition?