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.
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.
Yep, nothing like it.
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.
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.
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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