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Anyone else vowed not to buy any guitars in 2020?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by kohoutec, Jan 3, 2020.

  1. Sparky2

    Sparky2 Friend of Leo's

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    I am a hopeless guitar addict.

    I would tell myself that 2020 is the year I acquire no more guitars, and find a way to be content with the ones that I now own, but that would be intellectually dishonest. I know that that is not a vow I can keep.

    One thing at a time though;
    I'm also a hopeless, passionate, lifelong drinker of whiskey, wine, and beers.

    And so now it's now been exactly a month since I quit drinking.
    And I have vowed to remain sober, in order to stay alive.
    The damage I have done to my body, and liver in particular, is uncertain.
    But I know that I can heal and get healthier, and hopefully outlive the expectancy that is the curse of my family name.
    (I'm 60, and none of us can name a Sparkman male who has lived past 75.)

    Part of my sobriety is finding ways to adjust mental gears, and to break the lifelong culture of recreational drinking and evening alcohol-based relaxation.
    Abandoning "drinking as a mechanism for peace, pleasure, and contentment", I mean.

    I have to learn to be relaxed and content without the alcohol in me, and to be peaceable enough to be creative and make joyous music.
    That means that I am endeavoring to play the guitars more, and to collect them less.

    For most of us, it's impossible to be creative and musical when things aren't just right.
    It takes a certain measure of 'getting the chores done, and putting the house right' before we can relax enough to sit down and play music, and really enjoy it without pacing or looking at the clock.

    I am not there yet, but I hope to get there.
    Many reformed alcoholics report that they feel better and more spiritually alive once they put down the bottle.

    Right now all I feel is unsettled, vaguely pissed-off, and restless.

    But I have high hopes that I will turn that emotional corner, and begin to feel happy about this self-imposed sobriety.
    Most counselors will tell a chain-smoking drunk who is early in sobriety, "Don't try to quit smoking on top of quitting drinking. One thing at a time, and your sobriety is more important right now".

    I just wish I could find a credentialed counselor who will tell me the same thing about collecting, buying, selling, and trading guitars.
    "Johnny, it's okay. Don't try to quit the guitar thing right now. Concentrate on being sober first....."

    Damned medical profession.
    Where are they when you need them?

    :(
     
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  2. stratoman1

    stratoman1 Friend of Leo's

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    I just got a new LP last week. I'm good
     
  3. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Poster Extraordinaire

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    I ain’t vowin’ nuthin’!! :D
     
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  4. dannyh

    dannyh Tele-Afflicted

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    Johnny, it's okay. Don't try to quit the guitar thing right now. Concentrate on being sober first.

    I’m not a medical professional, but I’ve seen my share.

    And I was in your shoes 9 years ago. The guitar played a major role in my recovery. It gets better. Hang in there.

    Sorry to derail.
     
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  5. Sparky2

    Sparky2 Friend of Leo's

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    Thanks, Danny.
    I appreciate it!
    :)
     
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  6. Frodebro

    Frodebro Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Most of my guitar purchases through the years have been unplanned children, so it's kinda hard to vow that I won't do something that I typically never plan on doing in the first place.
     
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  7. MrGibbly

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    No such commitment from me. 2019 involved the build of an S-type and build of a 5F1. This year I hope to sell two guitars and buy another PRS. :)
     
  8. Fendereedo

    Fendereedo Poster Extraordinaire

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    I'm going to try.......and buy only one......ok, I failed the test..
     
  9. VintageRocker

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    I have enough gear and have no room for more.
     
  10. harpdog

    harpdog Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Yup. I bought an unplanned MIM Strat, Pro Jr IV, mandolin, Champion 50XL, and a player Tele in '19...on top of a planned Martin Custom Shop D-28. I must now behave.
     
  11. zippofan

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    I don't see me getting a guitar this year, heck there isn't anything on my "wish list". The last two on the list I acquired this past year, a Jazzmaster and a hollow body/single P-90.

    Now to finish the Tweed Deluxe I bought and build the pedals I have waiting :cool:
     
  12. bcorig

    bcorig Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I’m almost 70 years old. When I was 68 I fell in love with an American Elite Cherry Burst Tele. I will be buying NO more guitars. I have found my true love.
     
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  13. Jupiter

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    I finished a build last spring, and another one will finish prolly this month, so I’m pretty sure I won’t be buying any in 2020. I AM looking at some other gear (SS head, DIY cab, cheap wireless gear), some of which might get bought this year. Also, I am thinking about going back over some previous builds this year and straightening out a few kinks that would put wall-hangers back into playing rotation, so that would feel like more guitars without it BEING more guitars. ;-)

    So if builds that were started in 2019 don’t count, then yeah I’m in! :)
     
  14. Dan German

    Dan German Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    And your point would be...?
     
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  15. scooteraz

    scooteraz Friend of Leo's

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    No....are you nuts? I may not buy one, or I may trade, or I may buy one outright. Why would I limit myself with this sort of vow?????
     
  16. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

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    Maybe because you were a maniac in 2019 and spent the rent money on a vintage Rickenbacker? For example...
     
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  17. Geoff738

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    Er, uh, sure.

    Cheers,
    Geoff
     
  18. littlebadboy

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    This is a joke, right?
     
  19. jayyj

    jayyj Tele-Afflicted

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    What's wrong with you all?! I already bought one...

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  20. nosuch

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    Planning makes the gods laugh ...
     
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