The Correct Number of Guitars To Own

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  1. Poppa Stoppa

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    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?
     
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  2. Pat Healy

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    Well, it's a minimum of five. A Les Paul, a strat, a tele (or similar clones of each), an acoustic, and a bass. In my case add several more strats, because who can really live with just one strat? Also add a Floyd equipped 80's shred machine for when you have to cover a Van Halen tune.
     
  3. Poppa Stoppa

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    Five you say? Yep that works!
     
  4. Floyd Eye

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    At least one of every guitar you like. That is the ONLY correct answer.
     
  5. Poppa Stoppa

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    I would have to move to a warehouse somewhere...'One, a Telecaster' currently appeals more!
     
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    Eskimo_Joe Rocker, roller, way out of controller Supporting Member

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  7. cffluntouch

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    One of EVERYTHING, plus more of those that you really like just in case.
     
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    :agree
     
  9. FFTT

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    Getting a new guitar is kinda like getting a new paint brush.

    1 Strat
    1 Tele
    1 LP
    1 Hollow body

    Beater acoustic
    Recording acoustic
    Basses optional 3

    I'd really like a Collings fully bound 290
    with TV Jones Pickups and a Bigsby.
     
  10. Lolaviola

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    1. Tele -- For badassesdness
    2. Workhorse -- Your go-to guitar for most gigs
    3. Whorehouse -- for when you play dives
    4. AAAAA Top -- for when the video cameras are rolling
    5. Gibson Doubleneck -- for additional badassedness!
     
  11. rog951

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    n+1 seemed right for a long time, but not I'm starting to think about the s-1.
     
  12. paulscape

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    No. of guitars is not a rule at TGP.
     
  13. FFTT

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    12 Strings Optional but desirable
     
  14. Poppa Stoppa

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    Ah yes, the old Workhorse/Whorehouse dichotomy...
     
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    As long as your amp to guitar ratio is correct, the actual number of guitars doesn't matter.......you should have at the very least 2 guitars for every amp owned.

    Gotta have at least one each of the following:

    Strat
    Tele
    Les Paul
    Something with P90s (maybe even 2 or 3 of these.....)
    Acoustic
    Bass (optional)
    Hollowbody
     
  16. toasterdude

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    Hmmm. . . .. I started using variaxes to cut down on having too many damn guitars. I now own 7 variaxes. . . .lol. . .and:

    3 gibson explorers
    3 danelectros
    3- epi semi hollows, dot, sheraton and riviera with 3 p90s
    1- epi firebird VII
    1- gretsch seter hot rod
    1-gibson U2
    1-goltone dobro
    1- custom made electric mando

    After all that I realized I needed 2 beater guitars to travel with and am having a tele with a filtertron in the neck and a strat made from parts I got on ebay cheap.

    Once my damn JTVs are xplanted I will likely have LPish copies. . .or gutless JTV bodies with just mag pickups.

    The epi firebird is red and looks great on the living room wall. GF loves it, even if I haven't played it in months. Haven't played most of em in months. Use the JTV most of the time. I do leave an epi in the living room and plugged into amustang amp and teh grestch in the bedroom since the curtains are currently purple and so is the guitar. . . .lol.

    Most of the guitars will only be used for recording, and rarely at that. However there are times when you want a different sound or color and the variax gretsch is cool but not the same as a "real" one. . .especially if you need the bigsby etc.
     
  17. FenderBigot

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    Wow... that was written about me! LOL

    No 1 - my strat... it's my workhorse
    No 2 - A tele... it needs work, but is a backup in it's current state (last gig played it for five songs)
    No 3 - An acoustic at home.

    I just figured out that I'm a genius!
     
  18. Polyester

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    That sounds about right. I have 4: the Main Axe, the Backup, the Acoustic and the Bass for Screwing Around.

    Then again I'd love a semi-hollow, and a twelve-string, and maybe a classical just because. And one of these days I've got to pick up a Tele...
     
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    Les Paul
    SG
    Taylor 410ce
    1964 Martin D35

    this was thinned down from about 20 guitars 10 years ago
     
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