What type of guitar owner are you?

What type of guitar owner are you?

  • The Tom Morello: You own (or want) one or two workhorse guitars, and you're good with that.

    Votes: 245 32.3%
  • The Tim Pierce: You own (or want) a variety of guitars, so you're prepared for anything.

    Votes: 399 52.6%
  • The John 5: You have one kind of guitar you like, and you own (or want) a sh*tload of them.

    Votes: 52 6.9%
  • The Joe Bonamassa: You indiscriminately buy everything.

    Votes: 62 8.2%

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I sorta wish I was a Morello.

But what I am instead is the absolute worst: a Bonamassa who justifies it by claiming to be a Pierce, even though in my heart I know it's a load of crap as I'm just not a very good player, and don't play out often enough, to justify things that way.

Certainly some of my guitars have been purchased with a legitimate desire to make a certain type of sound. But the real driver is that I just love everything about guitars. Everything. 1800s Martins, a late 50s D'Angelico New Yorker, an old Gretsch 6120, a brand new modern Tele, a PRS Singlecut, it doesn't matter: looking at them is porn, and strumming a single open chord gives me goosebumps. I love guitars.

Acoustics (first since I mostly play acoustic):
Baden A-style Sitka/Maple
Greg Gwaltney 13 fret 000 Lutz/Tasmanian Blackwood
Ark New Era Stefan Grossman signature repro. of the Bacon & Day Senorita S-6 Adirondack/Madagascar
1926 Martin 2-17 all hog, bound
1930 Larson Brothers Prairie State Model 425 Adirondack/Brazilian
Hauver "Barbecue Bob" 12-string Adirondack/Mahogany
Voyage Air VAOM-04 full-size folder
National NRP Black Rust resonator

2009 (I think, I'm not where the guitar is) Fender American Standard Telecaster
2012 Rickenbacker 330 12-string
2011 Heritage H-555 custom
2018 Gretsch G6118T Players Edition Anniversary

2005 Heritage Golden Eagle custom archtop
2018 Michael Snowden 3-string cigar box guitar
2018 Michael Snowden 4-string cigar box guitar.

Still want a nylon string acoustic, an Ekoa or carbon-fiber acoustic I don't have to care about humidity with, a single cut electric (probably a Gretsch Jet of some sort), a nice strat, and a Reverend Double Agent in blue burst with flame (like this) Oh, and a bass. But if I add all that, I expect some other guitars will have come along and invaded my brain by then, and I'll want those too. I love guitars.
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The Parkers with DiMarzios, I agree. I've never liked anything DiMarzio puts out because they all sound like an Ibanez to me and not in a good way. And yes they had some interesting models, some much more geared towards hi-tech digital stuff. But that's not what I liked. I liked the Mojo series which was similar in design in many aspects, but also more standard. If I had mine again, I'd just get rid of the piezos /active pickup system and put some dB passive humbuckers in it and be happy.

I had a Mojo as I said, which came in two configurations (mahogany or mahogany and Maple top, which I should have gone for). It had SD Pups. Don't get the Fly's twisted, they are great tube amp guitars and will blow your mind with their sustain and tone. That guitar I could FEEL in my hands, it resonated so much. They have stainless steel frets and a thin carbon fiber fretboard and the process of constructing them was state of the art producing the most accurate fretboards ever made (at least at that time). I remember reading that they put it on high end machine used to really assess a guitars accuracy in no uncertain terms and the Fly was the most accurate they had ever tested up to that point. It also has a graphite truss rod 5x stronger than steel. Those guitars will never wear out unless you screw up the space age glue that holds the frets on the carbon fiber. Clean it with water, lasts forever. Tremolo system from space, could be hard tail, dive only or floating at the flick of a knob basically. I left mine in dive down mostly, strat guy that I am at heart.

Yes, maple cap is key on a LP style guitar at least (in my book). (Maple neck is key on strat style guitars). That's where I went wrong with my fly. Don't get me wrong it sounded incredible, but was darker than it needed to be and I should have put out the extra $250 for the flame maple cap (was beautiful to boot). Had push/pull single coil on tap and I used the hell out of the neck pick up that way (strat guy that I am at heart ;)). It could cover any style.

That 5lbs made 4 set, 4 hour gigs so much more tolerable! Try one out some time, you may be surprised. Hard to find for less than $1500 though. The Night flys were bold-on versions, but the best are the neck through. Oustanding stuff.

I've grown to like the imperfections of Strats and Les Paul style stuff so not sure I'll ever go for the perfect guitar in one again, but if I do, I know where to look.


I like the old Dimarzios, the ones that came stock in Japanese guitars in the late 70s and early 80s, I'm not real familiar with ones since then.
I really like their single coil sized humbuck rails. I have one and a couple of Duncan rails in a strat right now that may become my main gig guitar. I used it live for the first time last saturday night and it kicked ass.
I normally don't like anything Duncan makes, they tend to sacrifice tone in order to get insane output, but I do like those rails.
I have no trouble getting guitars to intonate well, the idea is to get very low action so that the string is no higher at the 12th fret than it is at the nut. Which, it takes a bit of trickery and knowhow to do it, I've been perfecting my method for decades.
Normally the hardest place for me to get right is when I get a G chord at the 10th fret, if I am going to have a problem it is going to be on the 5th string 10th fret vs the 3rd string at the 12th fret. I use that chord a lot so if it is off even the smallest amount it makes me nuts.


Am currently a Tim Pierce. Have had a change of mind/heart and want to be a Morello. The idea of paring down my gear really appeals to me for a variety of reasons, chief amongst them being that I want to disconnect from the culture that says we need to constantly consume, consume, consume. Its just a bottomless pit. And that's with no offense at all to anyone who buys a lot of gear. If it makes you happy, I say go for it. It just doesn't make me happy anymore. I intend to clear out the extra stuff.


Somewhere between Tom and John.

But since I own... ahem... too many guitars, I guess Mr 5, it is.


I'm a Pierce. I play everything from late '60s to early '70s Stones to VH to '80s hard rock to modern metal. I have a a bunch of very different guitars...



i'm a.. who's a guy who upgrades all their guitars from stock, mostly cheap ones?
a kurt cobain?

All i knows is they all do something different.


I have lots of guitars, including six strats, but quite a bit of variety too... some would say my arsenal is rather "indiscriminate," so I'm probably a mix of Tim, John, and Joe... probably more Tim

Bob Womack

Like many others, I started out like a Tom Morello. I had a single Les Paul for twenty years until I started doing sessions and producing music and things changed. I'm a bit more of a Tim Pierce now, both in guitar operations and selection of guitars. I've got the usual session arrows in my quiver.


the pearl

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for me its great to have different flavors - id love to have one of each- because all of what I do is just for fun- one of my favorite times is when other guitar players come over and we play/ write together. Having a number of different guitars is just a blast for people to toss different ones around mess with different sounds, talk about which they like best etc. - and see guys flip out over one particular guitar for whatever reason - so much fun seeing the excitement --- there is a reason people collect things that bring them and others joy -


3 LP's, V, Strat, Tele, 335, SG, Waterslide Telebacker.

Had both a Firebird and PRS CE Standard but sold them.

Thinking hard about an Explorer lol.

That should about cover it.


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john 5 here:
5 les pauls
custom built prs style sc
4 acoustics
and a 4 string schecter bass.......
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Somewhere between Tom Morello and John5.
I’ve got 4 Ibanez 7-strings. They’re all a bit different sounding/playing.
But, they’re the right tool for the job.


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Am currently a Tim Pierce. Have had a change of mind/heart and want to be a Morello. The idea of paring down my gear really appeals to me for a variety of reasons, chief amongst them being that I want to disconnect from the culture that says we need to constantly consume, consume, consume. Its just a bottomless pit. And that's with no offense at all to anyone who buys a lot of gear. If it makes you happy, I say go for it. It just doesn't make me happy anymore. I intend to clear out the extra stuff.
This is where I'm at. Paring down for a lot of reasons, but your stated reason is one of them. Another is that I'm a more effective musician with a few pieces of gear I know very well. Another is that I don't like clutter, and I don't keep things I don't use. My rule for music gear lately is, if I haven't used it in a year, I find it a new home.

I managed just fine for ten years with a Gibson Les Paul and an Epiphone Les Paul, and then I convinced myself for a period of years that I needed a different crayon for everything. Ended up with quite a bit of stuff, lots of which collected dust, took up physical and psychic space, and did little else. Now I'm headed back the other way.


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I think I'm a Paul Stanley: I have a variety of guitars, from a variety of brands, usually with something unusual or different about them from the original models, modern features yet still able to get classic tones.
Or, you just play whatever brand PAYS you the most, haha


I'm not really a fit with any, but closest to the Tom Morello description.

Currently I own 4 electrics, all covering different ground:
  • Suhr strat
  • PRS Mira
  • G&L tele
  • Ibanez Artist (retro-fitted with SD Phat Cats)
I also have a Maton acoustic with piezo

I don't see any reason I would ever need two of a kind (eg 2 strats, 2 teles, etc).
I am itching for a change at the moment.
The Suhr is the one I play most, by a long way. Won't sell it.
I am sentimentally attached to the Ibanez (been with me for nearly 40 years ... my first good guitar) and wouldn't sell it.
The acoustic I have some sentimental attachment to, but I honestly rarely play it ... I feel like it deserves to be played, and that I could channel the money into something I would play.
The G&L is nice enough but I'm not attached.
The PRS is a fine guitar, but gets played only sometimes.

My current hankering is for a Reverend ... to cover different ground. Likely but not necessarily short scale, likely with at least 1 P90 in it, likely with a trem bridge (my Suhr strat has its trem blocked), possibly semi-hollow/hollow. I could generate the funds to cover it by selling my G&L and Maton. Might not need the PRS either, depending on which Reverend comes into the mix ... and I like the idea of having only 3 electrics. Reverend short list is currently PA-1, Bayonet RAHC, Airsonic W ... decisions, decisions


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Pierce/Jon5 hybrid.

Lotsa variety, most of the same thing.

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