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    Why do guitar players have such a addiction for so many guitars ? Look at people like George Benson, Eric Clapton, Joe Bonamassa, Scott Chinery, BigMike, Me....the list is endless. You don't see this with other instrument players.
    I know a great violinist and cello player. They would not dream of playing multiple axes. They have one great axe and that is all they play.
    Yes I know there are so many different sounding guitars but we all have a locked in tone that is our own personal tone that pleases our ears. 3 guitars max would cover any tonal need.
    You don't see a clarinet player with 20 clarinets.
    Very few guitar players can be satisfied playing the same guitar their whole life ( Barney Kessel / Herb Ellis ).
    Why do guitar players have this obsession ? Same goes with guitar amps.
    For me there is this elusive tone in my head that is never to be found. I am a dog chasing his tail. What I have realized is the tone I chase I found many years ago. I basically EQ all my guitars to sound close to the same so this addiction for me is more of a art collection than a tonal need. It is indeed a rabbit hole. The deeper you go in their is little hope of getting out.
    A week ago I bought a new L5 and I am already back trolling the net. I need my belt and shoe laces removed and put into a padded room. Seriously after 45 years I think I finally left Wonderland and dug my shelf out of the rabbit hole. Guitar addiction can almost be like a drug habit.
    The guy with the most guitars doesn't win, he is just broke.
    Even Joe Bonamassa had to sell 150 or his 300 guitars because he said he was in way over his head.

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    So true. The underlying reason surely explains why the number of users browsing the gear forum is usually more than the combined total of all the others! I for one am sick of this, and am downsizing my collection to only the guitars that I actually play regularly. The rest are the definition of redundant.


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    Hi, everybody. I am k and I am a guitar addict. I like guitars. I like the way they look, sound, and feel. When I feel like my playing is getting into a rut, I pick up a different guitar, or change string gauges, or raise/lower the action, or grab a slide, or whatever it takes to stimulate the creative juices. As far as buying goes, I rarely go looking, as they frequently come to me, so to speak, sometimes literally coming to my door (this is what happens when word gets out). Usually I'm just looking for some strings or whatever, and boom! there it is, a deal too good to pass up; and next thing you know, I'm happily setting up and tweaking and so forth and the endorphins are flowing like The Spice. I'm not hurting anyone, I'm supporting local-ish businesses, and when things get too crowded, I find good homes for the instruments that need played more. There are worse habits, and many that are more expensive, at least at my modest level. As far as I am concerned, a world with more people making their own music, at however a humble level, would be a better world. I'm just doing my bit.

    That's my story, and I'm stickin' to it.
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    Nah. I play one guitar. Two with my strat for an entirely different thing. I have others. Mainly because I've never sold a guitar in my life. I had a few given to me by luthiers or manufacturers. Yay! But I've played my trashy Gibson ES355 since 1982 virtually exclusively. Otherwise I'd feel like a betraying little slut. Lol.


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    Don't forget "the thrill of the hunt" which can override not being hungry.

    Psychology of collecting - Wikipedia


    There are others worse than you:
    4 Signs that You're an Extreme Collector | Psychology Today

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    Yes. I've never been a collector. I buy. I use. I stop looking. That goes for guitars, amps, audio and recording gear, mics. I've kept away from the endless trap so many fall into.


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    This is me... Especially the part about finding new homes for guitars. I don't tell you guys about the missionary work I do with guitars, I don't feel right about it. Just like I don't generally share that I just paid for my neighbor's 19 year olds' braces. I mean there are better things in life than simply "hoarding" guitars and I like spreading the joy.

    ADDICTION, naah. Not here. I really did have a lot of guitars come my way. And dang it's fun. More fun though sharing... Especially with someone who needs a little guitar boost to get their creative juices flowing... I can proudly say that has been as much fun, maybe more fun than buying. But I have had some amazing luck, I think the two sort of interact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by citizenk74
    Hi, everybody. I am k and I am a guitar addict. I like guitars. I like the way they look, sound, and feel. When i feel like my playing is getting into a rut, a pick up a different guitar, ore change string gauges, or raise/lower the action, or grab a slide, or whatever it takes to stimulate the creative juices. As far as buying goes, I rarely go looking, as they frequently come to me, so to speak, sometimes literally coming to my door (this is what happens when word gets out). Usually I'm just looking for some strings or whatever, and boom! there it is, a deal too good to pass up and next thing you know, I'm happily setting up and tweaking and so forth and the endorphins are flowing like The Spice. I'm not hurting anyone, I'm supporting local-ish businesses, and when things get too crowded, I find good homes for the instruments that need played more. There are worse habits, and many that are more expensive, at least at my modest level. As far as I am concerned, a world with more peolpe making their own music, at however a humble level, would be a better world. I'm just doing my bit.

    That's my story, and I'm stickin' to it.

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    I have about 12 guitars, some ukes and 3 amps--none highly collectable, but all fulfill a purpose. We are thinking about moving soon, so that will give me an excuse to sell a couple.

    I was talking about this with my fiancee today--the difference between a collector, an addict and a hoarder. IMO a collector takes a minimalist approach--has the absolute best in a category they can acquire. An addict is thrilled more by the hunt and by having a bunch of things, not necessarily the thing itself. A hoarder doesn't care--quality is not an object.

    We were at an estate sale of a house that belonged to a wealthy couple--the guy was an avid photographer and had thousands of dollars of high-end cameras for sale--probably close to a hundred. But then he had about as many cheapo cameras still in the box! I can understand the Nikon and Nikkormat, but I don't understand the Kodak Point-and-Click.

    I have collected records, books and comics strictly for the utilitarian value, not for price. I did get into antique tool collecting pretty heavily about a decade ago, to the point I had to step back. It can be a slippery slope...

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    I like to have options, but I'm not a collector the way some folks around here are. I am up to 8, and that has me thinking I should sell one. The Godin is the only one that doesn't have some kind of sentimental value so it will probably be the one to go. Unfortunately, it's not really worth much...$350 maybe. So is it even worth selling? I need the space so it probably is.
    If I had more space and more disposable income, I might be more inclined to collect. Guitars are just so damn cool!

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    blame it on electricity!! we grew up in an age of tones...and recorded tones!!..and when we hear sounds we like, we want the guitar that made them...a 335 just can't sound like a strat in the 4th position etc etc

    any excuse!! haha

    cheers

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    Ha ha!! I'm a hoarder!


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    Having options is the kosher one I can think of. Knowing that if something very specific shows up that you can dial it in.


    Inspiration. I'm guess those cello and violin player are fitting into a centuries long tradition, so that they do what they do period. Guitar is something else ... everyone feels and sounds differently so they inspire you.


    And finally escapism. Most hoppies are a sort of escapism and why not guitar. Some buy art for a lot of money cos it makes them happy. Some like their guitars. Much better than art. They look good, but also make distinct sound when played.

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    An entry level cello will set you back at least 20k, according to a player I know (who recently had a bow of his on auction for 10k). A great archtop guitar can be had for 3.000 dollars, or less. So guitars are cheap.......

    All I personally need is two electric guitars (whether archtops or not) set up with flatwound and roundwound strings and a flattop. Not a collector.

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    I just love guitars. If I had the money I would probably buy a guitar every week. I like to play all of them. And I have more archtops than anything else - they all do have different sounds and feels but I don't have that many because of that, although that was my excuse when I was still married, well at least not separated and sharing incomes. I had to sell six instruments when I got depressed which sucked.

    I play both guitar and bass and have 13 right now including one upright bass. 8 guitars (5 archtops, one semi, one classical and one solidbody) and 4 electric basses (2 fretless, a 5 string and a 6 string). I am not drawn to buying more upright basses - it is something about guitars. And I am buying another guitar (an es-175) next week even though I just got my pm100 last week. I like playing them and looking at them and it is mainly the hollow archtops that I always want more of.


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    There is no right answer to this question.
    Most of us buy them just to play them. And the bottom line is, they are not bad investments. For the most part, you don't really lose much when you sell them. So, it's like money in the bank.
    You are not hurting anyone. Heck, I think going on a vacation every year is worse. Yeah you have memories, but you don't get your money back..

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    A guitarist should have an acoustic guitar and an electric guitar as they are different animals. Anything more is an art collection. But what is wrong with having an art collection? Looking at things of beauty is a reward and pleasure in this life.

    At my peak, I had 22 guitars. I like to rotate them (IMO, all should be played regularly) and at 22, my bond with each of my guitars was getting strained. I have since slimmed down to 18 guitars and am bonded with and enjoy them all.

    I have been with my wife for 20 years and have been faithful to her. As the author Edward Abbey once said "being faithful to one woman means being unfaithful to all the rest" (Abbey was married five times!). I am OK with being faithful to one woman, but I choose to have a harem of guitars.

    Reading the threads here and surfing the net, the temptation of a new guitar is always there. These days, I am more concerned with improving my ability to play the ones I have. But being an art collector of sorts (18 guitars IS an art collection), I still enjoy looking at the fine art of the many guitars you guys share here. So keep buying them!
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    I have seven. Last week I asked a buddy, "When I play the Jazzmaster am I cheating on the Nighthawk?" I guess I worry too much...Recently it occurred to me why I have numerous instruments. It's like a painter having a variety of colors to work with. It's tonal color. Timbre. Nevertheless, everyday every instrument is on trial for its life. When I think I should sell the Jazzmaster, I play it. What an instrument! I love it! It makes me feel sixteen again. But I should really sell the Nighthawk. I play it. What an instrument! It's a strat. It's a tele! It's an LP! But I should really really sell my 330. Those P90s. I play it. I'm Grant Green! It's a great time to be a guitarist! I won't sell them. I'm close to them. I bought them for their tone and I keep them for the way they make me feel. If I bought a Jaguar, would my Jazzmaster's feelings be hurt?

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    I have always liked getting "gifts" for myself. (I started working at a young age and stayed single for a long time, allowing me more control of my income).

    If I were not buying guitars and gear, then it would be clothes, electronics or something else - hopefully a lot less expensive stuff.

    Over the last few years, as I have watched my once-expensive state-of-the-art electronics become outdated, along with my expensive clothes, gaudy jewelry, and other purchases, and while I inflicted often irreparable damage over and over on items I had tucked away in closets and in the shed, I found that I had a realization. And now, while I am no minimalist, I have become a much less materialistic. Of course, I don't have that "long money" to burn anymore either.

    But, while I can give away Versace shirts, Ferragamo shoes, high dollar furniture, and other sundry items, I still can't bring myself to part with any of my guitars, amps, or other musical gear. Go figure.
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    At my peak I owned 5 real D'angelico's and thought that they were getting in the way. So I said to my self, "is this mammon" and sure enough it is. I sold my Style B, Style A, and my 19 inch cutaway New Yorker and that was 13 years ago during lent. I feel much better and now I still have my 2 New Yorker's along with my Hollenbeck and Barkers. I personally know deep down I will not find any better acoustic carved archtops. They might be different and sound thrilling, play incredibly great but frankly GAS will only be the mammon.


    Ok it is Sunday and the deacon needs to stop preaching. I would give one up if Lord could get my old bones to sub 50 min 10k speed. Unlike playing the guitar running takes a speed toll real bad above 50 years old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max405
    ...Heck, I think going on a vacation every year is worse. Yeah you have memories, but you don't get your money back..
    Indeed and when I fly to my vacation spot, I leave a big footprint out there. I fly internationally at least once a year and it costs me and the earth much more than an average guitar does.

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    I don't get the guitar hoarding thing at all, and I have 2 dear old friend that each own 20-25 a piece. I think many players got into it back in the 70's due to publicity of Steve Howe and Townsend's collections. Most players then had one guitar, maybe two if the other was an acoustic. If a LP guy wanted a strat, he'd sell the Paul; it just didn't occur to folks to own multiple guitars. It's one thing to be quite well to do and have to buying power to buy $$$$ guitars that could be a strong investment (no, your custom shop guitar will never be a good investment, it's just money you spent); he guys I think are out of their minds are the one saving their money to buy another PRS ten top, a 5th LP and a 7th strat.

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    "Ok it is Sunday and the deacon needs to stop preaching. I would give one up if Lord could get my old bones to sub 50 min 10k speed. Unlike playing the guitar running takes a speed toll real bad above 50 years old."

    Deacon Marc,
    Interval are your friends, even though they feel like your worst enemy. Embrace the pain, try to make it hurt more. Don't stop when it hurts, stop when you have nothing left to propel you forward.

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    I figured out that, for me, having more guitars than I can play on a regular basis stresses me out. For me, three is the sweet spot (not counting a guitar for airplane travel) but I would be fine with just two.

    Being totally in love with my no. 1 guitar is a factor though. I haven't even done a NGD on it yet. One of these days.

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    I'm not sure how to fully describe my guitar buying behavior - perhaps part collector and just a love for Archtops - but my buying is beginning to be slow down- since I have just about everything that satisfies my current desires - thank goodness.

    I've had just about every great Archtop made and my focus has always been more boutique builders with some high end Gibson's in the mix. I mainly play unplugged - so a straight acoustic voice is most important to me.

    I do find myself looking at guitars everyday , and not sure if it's just a habit or just occasional boredom. But as Vinny notes, I also just bought a gorgeous dead mint Lee Rit L5 , and a few days later I'm looking around again. I thinks it's partly due to many great instruments available at great prices......it does become very tempting on a continuous basis.

    After selling off a collection of high end Archtops at the peak of the market in the late nineties, I find myself once again building it back up but not to the same extreme. I think the major difference is the market has changed significantly and I find myself being extremely careful about what I spend compared to the Archtop renaissance period - when you could almost certainly expect a return on your investment.

    I also love being present during custom builds and interacting with builders. My experiences over the past 30 plus years with having custom guitars made by D'Aquisto, Monteleone, Benedetto, Campellone , Solomon , Thames , Trenier and now Borys has been priceless and the friendships made have been long lasting.

    So - is it GAS, addiction , collector spirit or just an ongoing obsession with a piece of art with steel strings. Not sure - but at times it's both fun and extremely stressful and you can still only play one at a time. I do find myself beginning to loose a little interest in buying - maybe because we are entering summer - not sure .

    I think Vinny said it right - we are searching for an elusive tone (at least that's what we tell ourselves) and quite honestly - I hope we never find it - because then what will some of us obsess about.

    Perhaps this really is a sickness.
    Guitar addiction...Why ?.

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    BTW, it's not just guitarists. My bandmate who plays saxes and flutes has about 10 of them, if not more. He just recently bought a piccolo.

    I also have a bandmate who owns about 30 (!) upright basses. He buys them used and abused and refurbishes them. He has a friend paint most of them, and has a couple of all-aluminum models from the 50's.

    But, again, we're not hurting anyone. Some instruments that might be stuck in someone's closet or a school storage locker find a home where they can be appreciated.

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    I am not a collector or a hoarder but I am impulsive. I see a beautiful guitar and I pull the trigger 1st and ask questions later. I have 11 guitars and play them all but want to get down to 5. Trouble is which 6 do I off. Every time I play one I say this is my favorite. I started this post really to justify my own insanity. Trouble is I really enjoy my guitar madness except when they all need new strings.

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    But if you love different styles, say you play electric.. a les paul, a strat, a tele, they all have distinctly different voices, and can really sound authentic at different styles of music in a way no other guitar can. Same thing for a semi hollow, and a hollow body guitar. Then there's acoustics, a dreadnought and a small fingerstyle guitar are two different animals, a 12 string, a beautiful resonator guitar, a gypsy style guitar if you like that style. Then there s nylon strings. A classical and a flamenco are two different guitars, so is a small or no acoustic body nylon string for loud live playing.

    We are already at about 13 instruments - i m kind of describing many of my guitars there - and that without adding a second one on each style (say a Martin AND a Taylor acoustic ).. i can easily go up to 25-30 guitars staying strictly at a players perspective, as i couldn't care less about collecting and owning instruments personally, i just enjoy the playing and the music each one brings. I think you cannot really compare the guitar musical world with that of most other instruments..

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    I think I have 14 or maybe 15. But as I said I'm a hoarder. I have two acoustics. Both Taylors. I know one of the owners of Taylor so I got a deal on my first. Then the 2nd was in trade for studio time. I also have an acoustic Martin backpacker. Does that count? My main guitar is the ES-355. But for electrics, you have different needs and different voices. Sometimes I'm a session guitarist so I need the right voice. The Gibson wouldn't be the best for a funky or R&R or country type tune. My strat, LP or Tele copy. Different sounds. a bass, a few strat copies or Frankensteins. But I'm a hoarder. When traveling for a nonmusic gig I might take one of my less important guitars just to practice on. But you know, it's more than just having one acoustic and one electric.

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    Alter,
    You rational makes total sense. I find learning a new style certainly encourages me to purchase a guitar for that need.

    I'm in the process of learning some Gypsy Jazz, and or course I went out and bought a nice Dupont- and I'm enjoying the journey.

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    Plenty of other instrumentalists own multiple instruments, e.g., many sax players double on multiple other reed instruments and flute; most of the trumpeters I know have multiple horns; lots of drummers have multiple kits, cymbals, and snares.

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    Yes, but not many own 10 tenor saxophones. They'd own one, maybe two. A flute, soprano, alto, bari, clarinet.


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    My Archtop guitar obsession has labeled me a nut bag according to my wife but here at JGF I find justification. Here I am just a cashew in a big bowl of mixed nuts. :-) Nice !

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    Ha, this thread is timely.
    I'm a hoarder.
    But I hoard broken things with a view to fix or scavenge for other fixer-uppers.
    Today I committed 4 acoustics to the trash after I canabalized them.
    All these bits and Bob's have been given to me by people wanting them repaired only to find out from me that the cost of repair is more than the net worth of the guitar.
    Ocaisionally I find a rotten old thing for pennies and repair it back to its former glory, and then bloody well keep it!
    At the moment I have, um, 18 or so. 10 in disrepair and the rest playable.
    So once I get through repairing I'm either selling or gifting the ones I do not want.
    And then there's the amps!
    Shit on a stick......
    I want rid of the onus of burden.
    Help?

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    i have a very good technique to stop from hoarding guitars and buying gear, it's called checking the bank balance.

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    Seems like guitar obsession started in the 80's, before that most had one guitar maybe two, electric and acoustic. Then working guitar players starting have backup guitar. Then players started getting into to play song X I need guitar Y and GAS started developing with help and encouragement of musical instrument manufacturers and big chain music stores.

    My name is DocBop and I'm a guitar/music-aholic I've been sober for 90 days now. Hello Docbop? I own too many guitars and basses and miss the days of only have one or two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    Why do guitar players have such a addiction for so many guitars ? Look at people like George Benson, Eric Clapton, Joe Bonamassa, Scott Chinery, BigMike, Me....the list is endless. You don't see this with other instrument players.
    I know a great violinist and cello player. They would not dream of playing multiple axes. They have one great axe and that is all they play.
    Yes I know there are so many different sounding guitars but we all have a locked in tone that is our own personal tone that pleases our ears. 3 guitars max would cover any tonal need.
    You don't see a clarinet player with 20 clarinets.
    Very few guitar players can be satisfied playing the same guitar their whole life ( Barney Kessel / Herb Ellis ).
    Why do guitar players have this obsession ? Same goes with guitar amps.
    For me there is this elusive tone in my head that is never to be found. I am a dog chasing his tail. What I have realized is the tone I chase I found many years ago. I basically EQ all my guitars to sound close to the same so this addiction for me is more of a art collection than a tonal need. It is indeed a rabbit hole. The deeper you go in their is little hope of getting out.
    A week ago I bought a new L5 and I am already back trolling the net. I need my belt and shoe laces removed and put into a padded room. Seriously after 45 years I think I finally left Wonderland and dug my shelf out of the rabbit hole. Guitar addiction can almost be like a drug habit.
    The guy with the most guitars doesn't win, he is just broke.
    Even Joe Bonamassa had to sell 150 or his 300 guitars because he said he was in way over his head.

    For me, the answer is I love Guitars. I do use them, they are not just show pieces. I have 14 guitars and 7 amps. The collection is ever fluid. If there is a guitar or an amp that I am not using, I will gladly sell it to someone that will use it. I hate it when someone says, i've had this guitar in a closet for 20 years. That is NOT where guitars belong.

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    So I've owned way over 500 guitars since I was 12 years old till now at age 60. But rarely owned more than 2 at a time till I was well into my my late 30's . And I've found even as a Professional musician my entire life, when I don't use a guitar I never play or use as a tool to gig with I end up selling it. I'm presently at 5 electrics including an Elferink Archtop, Godin Midi Classical, ES-335, ES-339,Tele Partscaster and acoustic Martin OM-21 Special flat top.

    I'm a Gear Addict for sure, but I still find that owning guitars just have them never played to actually make music is very sad!
    Even John McGlaughlin gives many of his past guitars away free to other deserving guitarists to make music. He feels it's a waste of a totally good guitar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deacon Mark
    At my peak I owned 5 real D'angelico's and thought that they were getting in the way. So I said to my self, "is this mammon" and sure enough it is. I sold my Style B, Style A, and my 19 inch cutaway New Yorker and that was 13 years ago during lent. I feel much better and now I still have my 2 New Yorker's along with my Hollenbeck and Barkers. I personally know deep down I will not find any better acoustic carved archtops. They might be different and sound thrilling, play incredibly great but frankly GAS will only be the mammon.


    Ok it is Sunday and the deacon needs to stop preaching. I would give one up if Lord could get my old bones to sub 50 min 10k speed. Unlike playing the guitar running takes a speed toll real bad above 50 years old.
    I'd love to get a chance to try that 19" New Yorker. How did it compare to the others?

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    You know that it's an addiction when you search for guitars more than play them. That's the line that gets crossed. I crossed that line about 35 years ago. And never looked back. A full fledged addict. And I still suck playing the darn things. As Jim Carey said in The Mask,"SOMEBODY STOP ME!".

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    Quote Originally Posted by docbop
    Seems like an obsession that started in the 80's, before that most had one guitar maybe two, electric and acoustic. Then working guitar players starting have backup guitar. Then players started getting into to play song X I need guitar Y and GAS started developing with help and encouragement of musical instrument manufacturers and big chain music stores.
    I would not be surprised if you were right on this one. MTV and VH1 brought music to the forefront. And it was the decade of excesses so having multiple guitars and gear goes right along with the theme of that decade.

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    Another thought - 30 plus years ago we didn't have the internet or the access to thousands of guitar for sale . Back then we had to wait for a vintage guitar magazine or visits to guitar shops to see instruments.

    Today, we have visual stimulus 24/7 and these selling platforms just draw you in - and the availability is both exciting and overwhelming - leading to superfluous consumption.
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    Here is my justification. When buying used EVERYBODY wants the guitar to be in MINT condition. If you only had one guitar, you would wear it out and couldn't get your return investment. That is why you buy more of them and several of the same model so you can rotate the wear and tear on each one. The more you have, the less wear and tear and it is likely you will get more money when you try to sell it because it will be in good shape. Who's with me?

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    I have one electric. A strat.

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    I'm not a guitar addict, but I certainly understand them being "objects of desire", like fishing poles, guns, cars, and golf clubs are to other men

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    Why not?

    Anyway, false premise--several horn players in my big band have large collections of instruments. One trumpet player has over sixty and many of the others have more than ten. All the sax players have at least one of almost every sax (not including the weird stuff like the contrabass,) plus flutes, clarinets and piccolos. Most of the trombones have five or six.

    One thing to consider is that winds and brass tend to be very uniform--one trumpet looks much like any other and metal is metal. There's much more variety in guitars, since even two of the same model can be substantially different. Don't ask me how I know.

    Danny W.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny W.
    Why not?

    Anyway, false premise--several horn players in my big band have large collections of instruments. One trumpet player has over sixty and many of the others have more than ten. All the sax players have at least one of almost every sax (not including the weird stuff like the contrabass,) plus flutes, clarinets and piccolos. Most of the trombones have five or six.
    I think some that is regional. On West Coast you'll hear them say they are a Reed player and mean they play and probably own all the main reeds and maybe a double reed too. East Coast they tend to pick a main horn like tenor, then probably have alto and maybe soprano since those are called for a lot. it's a hassle because they hear think a pitch and finger go to a fingering, but when they switch from main sax what they hear and fingered note is different. So having multiple reeds can be a pain.


    Quote Originally Posted by Danny W.
    One thing to consider is that winds and brass tend to be very uniform--one trumpet looks much like any other and metal is metal. There's much more variety in guitars, since even two of the same model can be substantially different. Don't ask me how I know.

    Danny W.
    You may not see the differences, but to a horn player there are lots of differences in horns, mouthpieces, and reeds. There are student grade horns, pro level, and like guitars vintage horns. I remember back in school hanging with horn players and them talking about mod's done to horns and then wearing out pads, air leaks, and mechanical problems. Whole lot going on for horn players too.

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    But that's what I was saying in terms of horn players. Most own at least one of each reed. It's not like owning 12 of the same. You might have someone who owns two tenors. Or two flutes, but not often. That's more like us owning an acoustic, electric, uke, Lute, baritone guitar, tenor guitar, 12 string, banjo, mandolin, nylon, zither, viola, violin, gambon.


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    I find when I have 2 of the same model guitar i.e. Tele, 335,etc. They tend fight it out and one wins out and the other has to go. Just like Eagle Chicks that kill one another LOL! I thought then I'll just have one of every model, and that was a disaster as well. The lesson learned for me at least was to not be so greedy, and spend more time on music!


    P.S. I'm still learning that lesson!

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    Well - - when you are a successful artist like those you mentioned with a warehouse worth of guitars
    the answer is obvious - they have value plainly stated , better than money in the bank - sell it and no
    bank records of tax's for profits or sales .

    I have worked with some really successful artists who are guitarists - they go through guitars like you can
    not imagine . To these guys I know , all those guitars are not play things or collector's prize pieces ( although some
    are prized more than others for obvious reasons ) to gawk at or show off .

    One guitar I was going to get was [ stolen ] before I could buy it because the artist who owned it and they guy who made it was that popular - It was an acoustic rosewood cut-a-way made by Ari of Ibanez - I wanted it sooooooooo bad ! ! ! I was willing to throw down a little more than most for that guitar because of who made it and who was selling it to me - that one hurt .

    They are like money in the bank if you are a lucky and are a smart judge of guitars ( acoustic and electric )
    They sell them and trade them and generally are in the guitar trade business as a second means to make $'s .

    When you are a well know quantity you can sell your guitars at a lofty high price .

    Or just gawk at them alone or show them off when you can if you are not paranoid of them being stolen heh heh heh .

    EZ :

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    Six guitars here.

    I played the same Peerless Epiphone archtop for more than a decade.

    I found another for a very cheap price so i grabbed that too. Never played it though, didn't sound as good as the other.

    I bought a strat to have a solidbody around. Played a lot on the couch.

    Still have my first acoustic.

    All I play now is a 50's Baja Telecaster and Gibson ES-350.

    But hey, life is very short...
    own and play all those guitars that you want. As mentioned above, purchased wisely they aren't bad investments considering how much enjoyment they bring you and hopefully others.