How important is "coverage" to your guitar collection?

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  1. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

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    I used to worry/think about "coverage" ("gotta have a strat, and gotta have that tele neck PU, and something with P-90s, and a semi-hollow, etc. etc."). For example, I have a jazzbox that I've been thinking about selling for a while, but I had been hesitating because it "has that sound".

    However, nowadays I realize that even though I do have a bunch of different guitars, I don't actually switch from guitar to guitar to play different kinds of music--I get it that lotsa folks do, but I pretty much just play whatever guitar is in my lap, at least as far as electrics go. I'm not saying that every guitar sounds the same, but if I play it right, and I use the various knobs on it and my amp right, it always seems to sound good enough. :)

    I think I might be "over" the idea that I need to have different guitars to play different stuff.

    Would you call this an epiphany, or just giving up?? o_O
     
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    Grrrrrrrrr :mad:
     
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    Chunkocaster Poster Extraordinaire

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    I replied thinking this was about insurance, then I read the post more thoroughly and deleted.

    Coverage is very important. I have two teles with identical pickups etc. All my other guitars are different sounding with different pickups etc. I only have two the same so I have a backup.
     
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    "Coverage" is important to me but so is "a voice". I can get the tones I want from my two guitars which are the same pickup configuration, but there are areas that pickups don't cover. Need/want the following in a guitar:

    1. Trem/vibrato/whammy bar.
    2. Nylon string acoustic.
    3. A baritone electric
    4. A B-bender guitar.

    I would call your situation getting pragmatic. Don't worry, thats usually a temporary condition among musicians with GAS.
     
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  5. Mouth

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    No. But having different sounds and shapes and feels is.
     
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  6. Matthias

    Matthias Friend of Leo's

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    I like mine to be different to each other... That’s as far as I think!
     
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    Ah, the quintessential fine line between overkill and overkill. Always venue dependent and always at the desecration of them that hired me.

    It really was about having the correct tool at my disposal; just like sax players switching between bari, tenor, and alto.

    But at home? I keep my instruments cased, so I get to decide what gets my attention every time. So there will be a plank and a box around as long as I am breathing...

    and a trumpet, piano, cello, steel...

    I'm funny that way.
     
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    Coverage had a lot to do with how I put my humble collection together. I stopped before I went into resonators, hollowbody electrics, strats. . . . I have nine guitars now, and each one in some way "covers" a different "need".

    If I were to start over, I think I'd go with one good dreadnought and one great tele. Of course I have those covered already, but the others are family now, so. . . .
     
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    sorry man! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    :lol:
     
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    I prefer that every guitar I use be capable of anything I do with a guitar.

    Which means one bridge pickup and a volume knob.
     
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    I got by with one electric and one acoustic for many years. Now I have 2 telecasters, a gretsch hollowbody. and one acoustic. (Lest not talk about mandolins)

    95. % of the audience don’t care what you’re (not) playing. I relented and bought a second solidbody for no real reason but it’s nice to have the choice. 1 Tele is a Nashville the other is a squier cabronita with a bigsby. Both are highly versatile. As is the gretsch.

    My acoustic is a fender Tim Armstrong hellcat. It does what I need.


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  12. 57fenderstrat

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    I honestly think I can do anything with a fender tele or strat and an acoustic. Those are my work horses and always will be. I don’t ever want to feel like I have too many guitars.

    That being said I do have things planned out that I want to get over my lifetime :

    Something with P90s (maybe tele/strat)
    Something with humbuckers (maybe tele/strat)
    Rickenbacker
    Gretsch 6120
    Gibson j200
    And maybe a few wild cards like an old epiphone Wilshire or something.

    But I don’t feel like I truly need any of those and have a hard time loving stuff that doesn’t say fender or at least feel like it does
     
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    I bet if sax players and violinists had pedal boards they wouldn't need to bring so many saxes and fiddles to gigs to get all the sounds they need.
     
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    I'll admit I still shop for a nice archtop, but the durn things start gettin' nice up around $12k.
     
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  15. jrblue

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    No. I don't think in those terms at all. If I played in a really restrictive cover band, conceivably, I guess... though not really. I avoid categorical thinking as much as possible.
     
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    I'm trying to get 5 or 6 of each.
     
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    "Coverage" was my goal for many many years. The ability to cop just about anything from the 60s and early 70s.

    Then I started to focus on my own signature sounds. And then I went to early blues sounds. The more I specialized, the less gear swapping I needed. Down to three electrics now, semi-hollow, tele, and strat, I can do everything I want to do. My big change was eliminating the LP tones and forging ahead with small bluesy acoustics and resonator.
     
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    Every excuse helps.
     
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    I had a bunch of guitars over the years, tellies, strats, lp-like guitars, something in between - it helped me to find out what I really need. Now I´ve reduced to two electrics and two acoustics and that´s fine for me. Every guitar gets its attention and playing time. The older I get the less I accept guitars resting in its cases for a long time because they get no need.
     
  20. neilybob100

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    I'm at that stage where I believe I have enough different guitars for my coverage. 2 SSS strats, 2 LP's, 1 HSS Strat, 1 tele with single coil and a P90. 1 tele with 2 P90's.

    One of my LP's is left in open E tuning and is setup for slide.

    I might part with one of the strats but it's a play off between looks and playability. No rush.

    I ensure I rotate all of my guitars for practising so they all get played. But I will chose a guitar to play live depending on its sound.

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