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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by bun malaey, Feb 20, 2013.
At the idea of owning only 1 guitar?
Because that is just dumb.
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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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!
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.
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.
How many guitars is enough? Just one more.
Doesn't freak me out.
I just happen to appreciate variety.
But just maybe...
This guy made me do it!
I guess maybe not dumb, but just a misunderstanding...
"You mean one of each kind, right?"
At a gig if something happens and you don't have a back up guitar that is when you AND your band freaks out
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.
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.
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.