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Old February 20th, 2013, 10:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Why do so many people freak out..

At the idea of owning only 1 guitar?

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Old February 20th, 2013, 10:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Because that is just dumb.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 11:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I dont freak out.... plenty of guys own just one. Some guys make a career out of playing that one guitar their entire life.

To me, one is not as fun as having several to choose from, and they all sound at least a little different.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 11:11 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Why do so many people freak out.. At the idea of owning only 1 guitar?
I haven't seen any freaking out. Where is all this freaking out happening? Why do so many people freak out about stuff that isn't happening?
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Old February 20th, 2013, 11:22 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Old February 20th, 2013, 11:22 AM   #6 (permalink)

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I haven't seen any freaking out. Where is all this freaking out happening? Why do so many people freak out about stuff that isn't happening?
I am totally freaked out at the idea of so many people freaking out!

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Old February 20th, 2013, 11:24 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Old February 20th, 2013, 11:27 AM   #8 (permalink)
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For many years I lived on a boat. I owned 1 small classical acoustic nylon string guitar. That was my only guitar for almost 20 years. It worked fine for me. Now I just choose to have more.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 11:59 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I'll be the first to admit that I have way too many guitars. But only having one would be way too few. If I was dirt poor and could only afford one, that would be different: I'd be happy to own it.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 12:19 PM   #10 (permalink)
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How many guitars is enough? Just one more.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 12:41 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Doesn't freak me out.

I just happen to appreciate variety.

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Old February 20th, 2013, 12:41 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Old February 20th, 2013, 12:49 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Because that is just dumb.
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I guess maybe not dumb, but just a misunderstanding...

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Old February 20th, 2013, 12:58 PM   #14 (permalink)
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At a gig if something happens and you don't have a back up guitar that is when you AND your band freaks out
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Old February 20th, 2013, 01:01 PM   #15 (permalink)
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If that one guitar is a piece of crap, or doesn't suit the player or their music, or is set up poorly, etc., then it's a major compromise, though not in of of itself wrong. Whatever floats the player's boat.
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At a gig if something happens and you don't have a back up guitar that is when you AND your band freaks out
There really is nothing like having to listen to a 5 minute B.S. story at a show while the guitar player changes a string mid set.

Really, NOTHING like it.
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It's fine as long as you don't play shows, but I don't care who you are and how infrequently you break strings, if you have to stop mid set to change strings then I'm done with you and your band.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 01:42 PM   #18 (permalink)
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There really is nothing like having to listen to a 5 minute B.S. story at a show while the guitar player changes a string mid set.

Really, NOTHING like it.
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But I do tend to agree somewhat with the OP. The "you can't have too many guitars" mindset on this site is very predictable and it does get tiresome.

Disclosure: I have 4 guitars. My 40 year old Gibson acoustic that is no longer playable, a Martin D-15M, a MIM telecaster thinline and a telecoustic that I got cheap, just for fun. I got caught up in the GAS thing last year and bought a Modern Player thinline that was very nice but I just didn't have the time to play it. Gave it to my son in law for Christmas.

I just play for fun, not professionally. And I find that I just feel guilty seeing unused guitars sitting around the house. So, at least for now, I have been cured of GAS and am concentrating on learning to be the best player possible on my Martin acoustic. It isn't easy, but it's a lot more rewarding than spending money on instruments that I don't play.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 01:44 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I couldn't have just one. It wouldn't work. At the rate I gig, I need spares. I wear guitars plumb out. They need fretwork, nutwork, refrets, parts need replacing, it's constant. If I only had one, how would I do my job while it was in the shop being re-fretted?

Plus, stuff just wears out or breaks. I was playing my tele at a gig last spring, and the neck pickup just quit. Wouldn't have been a big deal, I play without a neck pickup all the time. But at random times, it would make a HUGE noise through my amp, like a cable half out of the socket. Broken solder joint. Again, no big deal. if you're at home sitting on the couch. If your on a gig in front of people, it's good to have a spare guitar that works right.

Even if I didn't gig at all though, I'd need at least two. With no full time job playing, if I were just a regular guy, I could easily see getting by with one acoustic and one electric.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 02:10 PM   #20 (permalink)
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For financial reasons, I recently thought quite seriously about becoming a one-guitar guy. I did not freak out at the prospect. There's something attractive about the idea of having one guitar that you get to know very well, kind of like a soul mate, and I could do that with my blue Tele.

However, I also agree with Jakedog about having a spare, not because I gig a lot, but just because guitars sometimes need to go in the shop and it's nice to have another to play.

I actually listed my Esquire for sale, prepared to cut back to just one Tele, but ultimately decided that I liked the little beast to much to part with it for the going market rate. Conclusion? One guitar is do-able with no need to freak out. Two is justifiable. Beyond that, they are luxuries I can't afford.
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