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An oddball guitarist: only one guitar in 35 years at least

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Thoughtfree, Feb 20, 2021.

  1. Thoughtfree

    Thoughtfree Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Just thinking about a guitarist I worked with awhile, 35 years ago. A nice guy, skilled player, good bandleader, always working.

    At that time he only had one guitar. It was beat up, but it played great, sounded great. He showed zero interest in changing or trying out new guitars.

    I saw him perform last year. Same guitar. Still sounded great.

    In theory I would like to be like this but it may not be possible...
     
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    Ed Bickert comes to mind.
     
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    Better to be a master of one, than a master of none.
     
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    A guy I played with for years and who has owned a music store for years has had only one electric guitar since he was 15 years old (although he has gone through a few different acoustics since then). He is now somewhere around 68. He paid $150 for the guitar back when he got it. It's a 1952 Tele so there's that.
     
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    I worked with a guy for 36 years. Every day for lunch he had a ham sandwich, bag of chips, Diet Coke and a Little Debbie cake. I’m not making this up. Glad I’m not like him.
     
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    Hmm. Immune to FOMO. There is a whole slice of humanity that finds comfort in sameness and continuity.
     
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    Most people I reckon always had a few. Different tools for different jobs, a backup, etc. Most of my horn player friends have around 3-4 instruments.

    This thing about everyone and their mother being a “collector” now, hoarding 15+ guitars is just the result of the advent of cheap manufacturing and all of the disposable income/credit card abuse that came with the 80s and 90s. It’s really no different than the valley girl “shopping!” stuff of yesteryear that was so scorned.

    I don’t see the nobility in owning one, but I also see excess in owning more than 5 if it’s not essential to your living.
     
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    There's a local originals band in my neck of the woods. The frontman has been playing the same black MIA standard tele since the late 90s when I first saw them. Maybe he has other guitars, I don't know, but its all I've ever seen him play.

    I've only owned one car. Been driving a 93 Jeep Cherokee for the last 17 years. I don't plan on getting another. When they outlaw gasoline engines, I'll be going bike only.
     
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    To be fair, I don't think this is his only guitar. But still.
     
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    OP, I don't know your age. FYI, back then when I started playing in the 60s, it was common to have one guitar. If another was wanted, commonly the one you had was sold.

    Now with the internet it is easy to covet multiple guitars. I have played the same electric for 35 years, the same acoustic for 25 years and the same bass for 37 years. I do admit to having owned a whopping 17 instruments in 55 years.
     
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    One of my best friends has only had one electric for his entire life. It's an Aria Pro Jr. Cardinal Series that he bought brand new in '84. Great sounding, feeling guitar. He's put many thousands of hours on it.
     
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    Well said and could not agree more. Having the right tools is one thing, consumerism gone amuck is another.
     
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    I would be good with that except the Diet Coke.
     
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    I envy players who can find one guitar that meets all of their needs. I prefer having a wide palette of sonic colors and need at least one guitar tuned to 5-string open-G.

    That said, I wish I had known about 4-way switches, lower cap values, and brass saddles about twenty years earlier. My #1 Tele (almost 30 year old MIM) might have been the only 6 string electric I’d ever need. It’s the last one I’d ever sell.
     
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    I was pretty happy with a couple of guitars until coming here...GAS.
     
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    All you need is a good one.
    Guys like me are always looking for it.
    I may have found it.
    Looking is fun.
    I'm not ready the quit questing.
     
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    Meh, lots of people have multiple guitars because it’s, in part, a collection to them (me included). People should spend their disposable income as they wish. Like with most collections, “extensive” is generally considered a good trait.
    Off the top of my head, I know I still need a pink one. And I’d like a humbucker/P90 combo, like the Reverend Double Agent. And...
     
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