What guitars does the average guitar player actually need?

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  1. Meals

    Meals Member

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    My wife gave me the "how many more of these things are you going to be buying" speech yesterday and I had to break down my train of thought:

    LP-standard tuning, everyday player
    LP #2-Drop tune guitar
    Superstrat-Floyd for 80's metal
    Strat-Single coil sounds, 90s alt rock
    7 string-Korn/Nu-Metal
    4 string bass-because it's a necessity
    5 string bass-R&B, metal
    Hollowbody-Jazz, blues
    Acoustic-campfire tunes


    Is that asking too much? (I only have a 5 string bass, 7 string and hollowbody to purchase)
     
  2. IPLAYLOUD

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    You forgot:
    Jaguar for Surf.
    Tele for Country.
    Charvel for Hair Band songs.
    Semi-hollow for, well, semi-hollow stuff...

    YOU BETTER GET GOING...YOU'RE A FEW GUITARS SHORT!!
     
  3. Devnor

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    Off the top of my head you still need a Tele, Jazzmaster, SG, Explorer, something with a Bigsby, another Strat for Eb tuning, a Suhr plus a Kemper or Axe FX. You have a long way to go.
     
  4. Serenity

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    I can be very happy with just two electrics and one acoustic. At the moment i'm back down to one electric, my IC400 Iceman. It covers most of my needs. But i'll be looking to add a second later in the year. It will have a floyd, probably a Charvel So Cal.
    I also have a beat up Eko acoustic, but i'll be looking to upgrade from that at some point too.
    I've never needed loads of guitars, i prefer to just bond with a couple.
     
  5. doc

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    The answer to the question is - one or two, probably a classic design electric and a steel string acoustic for most people. You said "average guitar player actually need". I think the question you meant was, what roster of guitars does a TGP member feel does a thorough job of "covering all the bases".
     
  6. o0Ampy0o

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    The average guitar player needs one guitar: either an acoustic or an electric.

    The less than average guitar player needs one guitar: either an acoustic or an electric.

    The above average guitar player needs one guitar: either an acoustic or an electric.

    A good guitar player needs two guitars: an acoustic and an electric.
     
  7. gkoelling

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    A Telecaster.



    Done


    (I don't care for acoustics)
     
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    This.
     
  10. shredtrash

    shredtrash Supporting Member

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    If I only had my Taylor 414ce, a Tele and a Les Paul, I could cover any gig easily.
     
  11. XKnight

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    One guitar is all anyone needs. There is a big difference between needs versus wants. In order to play the guitar, regardless of skill level, you only "need" one guitar.
     
  12. strattitude

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    I could get by with just one electric and one acoustic but I really like the inspiration from playing different instruments.
    I play differently on a strat than a 335 type.
    If I could only have 2 electrics that is probably what I would have. They sound and feel very different from each other.
     
  13. strattitude

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    But right now I'm actually very pleased with mycollection because they are all very different
    Roadworn strat
    Roadworn tele
    Don Grosh RC start
    1982 Ibanez AS50
    Epiphone Swingster (hollowbody with bigsby)
    Yamaha Pacifica 611VFM (bridge HB, P90 neck, trem)
    Richmond Empire(godin) modded w TV Jones Classics
    Tokai LP with P90s
     
  14. silot

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    Judging from my sideman experiences, a Tele and a prs style instrument could cover most demands. Or just a strat...
     
  15. o0Ampy0o

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    Your "No" is snarky. We can all play nice with a little self control. :) <=Try it.

    The thread topic concerns "the average guitar player." A 12-string is a specialized instrument. The average guitar player doesn't need a version of everything made and played.
     
  16. o0Ampy0o

    o0Ampy0o Member

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    But objective is another topic.
     
  17. T Dizz

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    ask her how many pairs of shoes she needs.!

    wait, better not.

    a tele would eliminate half of your collection
     
  18. CowTipton

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    Sell 'em all and just buy a Variax.
     
  19. Krausewitz

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    Whoa, whoa, whoa....that is a major leap.

    Sure there are some niche styles (some of them rather large niches) that cannot be covered without specific equipment (in one form or another), but on the whole you can become a very accomplished player with just one single guitar. Maybe you wouldn't be able to play every style known to man, but easily enough to be versatile and even world-class.
     
  20. o0Ampy0o

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    Average guitar player isn't synonymous with average aspiring professional musician. The average guitar player isn't interested in being able to perform every genre of music and with the appropriate form of instrument. Of course it would be heaven to many people having a separate guitar for everything but that is a fantasy. It is a minority who invest in that much gear but it is a majority of the membership here.
     

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