The trap of too many guitars

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Colamander, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. Colamander

    Colamander Member

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    I used to think it'd be cool to have a bunch of different-sounding guitars. Now that I have a few, it's gotten super annoying. Each time I pick up a new one I have to get everything dialled in again - amps, pedals etc. Its a pain in the ass. I think I'll either get rid of some of them, or I'll swap the pickups so they all kind of sound the same. First world problem I know...
     
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  3. Jahn

    Jahn Listens to Johnny Marr, plays like John Denver Supporting Member

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    Easy answer. For each guitar you have an exclusive pedalboard and amp so you don’t have to change the settings. Me smart!
     
  4. Yamaha 350

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    What he said. Or presets on the amplifiers.
     
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  5. Quintus

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    How many is a “bunch”?
     
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    Waite untill he is like me and become a collector also. You start counting then get to let's say a random number 500 then what? And I'm not saying I have 500. That is for me to know only. And I wont lie.
     
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    A problem I’d love to have!
     
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    It's also annoying keeping the strings fresh. No biggie, but a downside.
    I'll grab a guitar with surprisingly dead strings, that had 1/10th the play-time to get there, and the toil begins again.
    I change strings every two months(mine last a while), and now I have to change strings on 6 guitars which is like restringing every week.
     
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  9. Colamander

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    I have 5 electrics. But like I said - I bought them because they sound different. I think I'd prefer 5 HSS strats with similar pickups. Maybe...
     
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    You become your own full-time tech changing strings and adjusting truss rods. Eventually, you gravitate towards the low maintenance guitars with the most stable necks.
     
  11. Miroslav L

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    So...you want everything to sound the same..???
    I thought the point of having a variety of guitars, amps, pedals was to have...well...some variety. :)

    IMO...the real trap is doing what you are doing (been there at one point)...finding one sound that you like, and then trying to make every rig sound the same.
    Embrace their differences, their personalities.
     
  12. MkIII Renegade

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    I live in this place you describe, although I think it is fairly easy to adjust my amps as needed after swaps. My problem is deciding which guitar to play. And instead of becoming utterly in tune with each guitar, sometimes certain ones feel like strangers to me. Too many choices is NOT good for some people. :confused:
     
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    I must be doing something wrong...I have very different sounding guitars and don't change any amp or pedal settings when I change guitars. For me that's the point of having different guitars, to have different sounds.
     
  14. Yamaha 350

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    Pollywebs would take care of that.
     
  15. Colamander

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    I still like variety. I just think I'd rather have a variety of amps/pedals that work well with my one fave guitar.
     
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    I like tonal variety and I have it in spades. I can change strings and tweak intonation while watching TV with my wife & I like playing with guitars as well as playing them so it's never been a chore. I'll take a guitar to the shop when I feel like it needs a major adjustment but that doesn't ever seem to be more than once a year. I don't gig and maybe I'm too tolerant but the ability to grab something else makes it so much more enjoyable. I know my amp & pedal settings well enough at this point that it's easy to switch. If it's one I haven't played in a while, it's fun to find the sweet spot again. If I'm in a hurry, I just grab one I know. You can also paint your settings for your #1 with a little nail polish. I found that only works for 2 or 3 before there are too many colors on the knob... ;)
     
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    You mean some don't??
     
  18. AlanH

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    If you're gigging just use the volume and tone controls on each guitar to bring them all in to the same starting ballpark
     
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    I just use an always on EP booster where I nudge the boost level a tiny bit one way or the other to give the amp the same basic level hitting it, and all the rest I leave as is, as that’s really the character of the guitar coming through.
     
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  20. edwarddavis

    edwarddavis Supporting Member

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    I’d be embarrassed posting a thread like this sorry
    It shouldn’t be that tramadic
    Be happy you have few guitars play them turn the knobs it will be fine
     
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