What type of guitar owner are you?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by theRagman, Apr 4, 2019.

What type of guitar owner are you?

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

    245 vote(s)
  2. The Tim Pierce: You own (or want) a variety of guitars, so you're prepared for anything.

    398 vote(s)
  3. The John 5: You have one kind of guitar you like, and you own (or want) a sh*tload of them.

    52 vote(s)
  4. The Joe Bonamassa: You indiscriminately buy everything.

    62 vote(s)
  1. JaiRamana

    JaiRamana Member

    Mar 6, 2018
    Reminds me of a Steven Wright joke.

    'I was driving through the checkpoint going into Canada and they asked, "Do you have any guns?"

    I said, "How many do you need?"'
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  2. funkapus

    funkapus Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2012
    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.
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2019
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  3. Rockledge

    Rockledge Member

    Jun 15, 2011
    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.
  4. ItsaRat!

    ItsaRat! Member

    Sep 17, 2009
    Kalamazoo, MI
    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.
  5. cratz2

    cratz2 Member

    Oct 23, 2009
    Indy, IN
    Somewhere between Tom and John.

    But since I own... ahem... too many guitars, I guess Mr 5, it is.
  6. sah5150

    sah5150 Gold Supporting Member

    May 5, 2008
    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...

  7. GreatSatan

    GreatSatan Member

    Apr 24, 2013
    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.
  8. stormin1155

    stormin1155 Member

    Jul 6, 2008
    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
  9. Bob Womack

    Bob Womack Member

    May 7, 2007
    Between Clever and Stupid
    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.

  10. the pearl

    the pearl Silver Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2014
    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 -
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  11. Bossanova

    Bossanova Silver Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2014
    Washington, DC
    The Clapton: one, and only one, at a time. But, all of them, at one point or another.


    The serial monogamist.
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  12. p19978

    p19978 Member

    Sep 9, 2010
    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.
  13. dogbone94

    dogbone94 Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2006
    valdosta, georgia
    john 5 here:
    5 les pauls
    custom built prs style sc
    4 acoustics
    and a 4 string schecter bass.......
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2019
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  14. NorCal_Val

    NorCal_Val Member

    Sep 23, 2010
    Woodpile, CA
    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.
  15. shredtrash

    shredtrash Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2007
    Albuquerque, NM
  16. theRagman

    theRagman Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2015
    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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  17. Bossanova

    Bossanova Silver Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2014
    Washington, DC
    Or, you just play whatever brand PAYS you the most, haha
  18. theRagman

    theRagman Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2015
    Then there's the Prince/the Zakk Wylde: Lots of guitars, but they're all eyesores.
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  19. MartinC

    MartinC Member

    Jul 24, 2007
    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
  20. jiml

    jiml Supporting Member

    Sep 10, 2002
    Pierce/Jon5 hybrid.

    Lotsa variety, most of the same thing.

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