I do. The “Bird Hate” thread made me realize I really like the look of each all my guitars, which includes a Silver Sky (I chose maple because the way the birds look). I think every time I play I’ll flip the guitar over and just admire the one I’m playing.
I remember when I was 18 and would pose my two guitars and mandolin on the sofa for a photo because the light was just right and they looked so good. Today I couldn't even begin to fit everything on a sofa and my 18 year old self would completely freak out at what I have now.I do it all the time! Just gawk at ‘em. I didn’t used to. I went for so long just mostly playing whatever I could afford that got me through the job. I had good stuff, but it was all middle of the road priced, standard fare, regular stuff. Now that I have started to amass a modest collection of really nice stuff, I no longer look at them as just utilitarian tools, but things I really love and admire.
Don’t get me wrong, I still use them all as utilitarian tools. I can’t justify buying an instrument I don’t gig, no matter how much it costs. But now I really enjoy just admiring them too, and sometimes thinking “I can’t believe I have something that cool.” 15 year old me would pass clean out if he could see my stuff right now.
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A small sampling.
If I had a Mule resonator, I’d probably carry it around everywhere I went!