1 electric guitar and 1 only... could you do it? are you doing it?

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  1. teletimetx

    teletimetx Doctor of Teleocity

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    Just one: Been there, done that.

    Hard times, come again no more.

    I love playing. Truly. Guitars, they’re just stuff, though. Could live without, if I had to.

    But I’m fortunate enough not to have to.

    yeah, went a little crazy. I’m also on the thin down and upgrade train. Won’t happen overnight.
     
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  2. DekeDog

    DekeDog Tele-Afflicted

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    I replaced a 2012 ES-335 with a 2020 model, and even though it is now part of a 3 or 4 guitar rotation, it is really my preference. So yes, I could be happy with that one guitar. In fact, just having only one would eliminate the need to have to make a decision.
     
  3. burtonfan

    burtonfan Tele-Afflicted

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    Been there done that... as the cliche' goes. In fact, I did "zero" guitars the entire first year I played. Three of my uncles owned one guitar collectively. They kindly "cut me in" to the shared rotation at no charge.

    Once I stuck with it for a year, my parents agreed to buy me a Harmony Flying V from the Ward's catalog. It had all the charm of my grandmother's coffee table, but I loved it!

    It was the only guitar I had for years until I bought a 1979 Gibson Les Paul Standard 3rd hand in 1986. I still have it to this day and will be using it at our next gig in November.

    I have since accumulated several guitars. I like my current situation better. :p
     
  4. Lou Tencodpees

    Lou Tencodpees Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    I envy those doing it. A friend/old bandmate has a long term monogamous marriage to his early 70's Tele. In recent years he sent me a video of his band performing, that thing is the epitome of a natural relic.

    I think once you've become a "guitar swinger" its hard to settle down.
     
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  5. Flaneur

    Flaneur Poster Extraordinaire

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    I would never gig with only one guitar. Tempting fate.

    I generally have a guitar set up for slide, as I use open tunings for maybe 70% of the time, at some shows. I could easily use that for everything, if my Tele developed a hard-to-fix problem. I use 54-12 sets on the slider and 52-11s, on the Tele, so the shift is insignificant.
     
  6. Phrygian77

    Phrygian77 Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    I need to take a new picture to include this one.

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  7. Happy Enchilada

    Happy Enchilada Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

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    Did it for almost 8 years, doing 3 worship services a weekend every other weekend ... with one of these:

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    But if I had to do it TODAY, it would probably be this:

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    But if I could have just one more, it would be this:

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  8. 985plowboy

    985plowboy Poster Extraordinaire

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    I own one electric guitar and it is my Telecaster.
    I own three acoustic guitars.
    I’ve owned dozens of guitars over the years and I enjoyed having each of them but for me right now, 4 is the correct number.
     
  9. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Poster Extraordinaire

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    That’s awesome…relic done right!
     
  10. LGOberean

    LGOberean Doctor of Teleocity

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    Oh, if (and that's a big IF) I could downsize to just one electric guitar, it would be a tele. And I relate to the interest in downsizing. I'm retired, and I gig less than I used to. My wife is not yet retired, but sure looking forward to it. And when she does, we hope we can move from the city.

    And though I'm not wishing for my mother's demise, she's 89, and so just speaking logically she doesn't have that many years left on this earth, even if she lives to be 100. (Then again, she might just outlive me, too.) And when she passes, my share of the inheritance will include 12 acres of land in a little farming community southwest of Fort Worth.

    So I can see a scenario where downsizing my current collection of 18 guitars is a good idea.

    But to your specific questions, "Could you..." "Are you...", my track record says "No." And I have photographic evidence to prove the correctness of that negative answer.

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  11. Gardo

    Gardo Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I probably could if it was a telecaster with a Bigsby. But somehow that’s just not right. I love my tele and I love my Bigsby but just can’t combine them.

    note to self : I have a Squier that’s rarely used . Consider a Bigsby
     
  12. Racer5

    Racer5 Tele-Afflicted

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    AO 60s is not a bad one to end up with!
     
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  13. Addnine

    Addnine Tele-Holic

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    PRS semihollow w/ trem.

    Does everything but blues. For that I'd try to sneak in my lp jr.
     
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    I LOVE it. The looks (sunburst), the feel, the playability, and the tone. It's just got this "mojo" that keeps getting better. The neck is absolutely perfect for my preference, and the 9.5 radius is so much easier for me to play than 7.25, but I'll probably get meduim jumbo frets put on when I re-fret it next year (I've already had to have it leveled and re-crowed due to how heavy my left hand is, and how much I play it).

    The CS '63 pickups are an improvement over the PV '64s that came in it, but marginally. I saw them on Reverb for a "good" deal and snatched 'em up. I still don't understand the whole "I'll buy a custom shop guitar then change the pickups out after a couple weeks", but it worked for me.
     
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  15. Stanford Guitar

    Stanford Guitar Friend of Leo's

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    Sure I could, an HSH with a coil tap/split pretty much covers it. Thrown in an EQ, and it is completely covered.
     
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  16. PeteWaller

    PeteWaller Tele-Meister

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    I have just the one guitar my custom shop 60 custom tele. With just the one guitar I can play it and get to know it very well...I can mod pickups and stuff and REALLY get to know it:) I love tinkering with it, trying out things to chase that "perfect" tone. It grows on me.
     
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  17. Old Smokey

    Old Smokey Tele-Meister

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    I have four, but yes, I would be fine with one.
     
  18. oregomike

    oregomike Tele-Holic

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    Currently, all I have is my Tele and I don't really miss my Strat, or feel I need anything else. I can even venture in Strat territory on my neck pup. That said, I'm currently building a JM because I've wanted one since forever. Probably since Daydream Nation came out.
     
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  19. gridlock

    gridlock Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    One guitar, it would have to be a Les Paul.
     
  20. jimbo735

    jimbo735 Tele-Afflicted

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    Anything with a neck pickup Im good to go.
     
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