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How many electric guitars is too many?...

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Mojohand40, Feb 22, 2021.

  1. 24 track

    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Nov 6, 2014
    kamloops bc
    I had 20 and then came the only comment from Ms. 24 ," why, do you have 20 guitars?" then She Bought me a Godin multiac synth ready Nylon string south paw , and for my next birthday a chibson Ultima LP south paw so i could tell the differnce between a fake and the real thing, so appearently 22 is the number .......OK
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  2. Boblets

    Boblets Friend of Leo's

    Sep 15, 2008
    Brisbane Australia
    A purely mathematical answer to the question how many is too many, is one more, then I will be satisfied.
  3. TokyoPortrait

    TokyoPortrait Friend of Leo's

    Dec 10, 2017
    Tokyo, Japan

    I dunno. It doesn't matter I guess, so long as no one is suffering because of it. So long as no one is going hungry or neglected and it isn't causing or contributing to relationship problems, etc.

    For me it's practicality mixed with sentiment. In another country I still have my first decent guitar (Ibanez Roadster) hiding under a bed somewhere. It's not causing any issues, so I don't need to sell it, and I sometimes get to use it. I don't want to sell it either. A sentimental choice.

    Other than that, and available to me on a regular / daily basis, I have two Telecasters and one Les Paul. I only had the Les Paul for the longest time and was very happy with it, but I was worried about damaging it while out and about (had a scare or two), so looked for something more robust. Enter my 60s style Tele. A practical choice.

    The Tele soon became my preferred guitar, but I like the tones of both Teles and Les Pauls, so for my silly wee home recording projects, that's a good sonic set to have. A second practical choice.

    But, as wonderful as it sounds, the 60s Tele does have quite a small / slim neck and I was getting cramps in my left hand after about 20 minutes. So, I bought a 50s / blackguard style one with a much fatter soft V neck. A third practical choice.

    Now I like that one the best.

    I also have a Squier Jazz Bass, which I got used for about US$120. It's ace. And practical.

    For me, it's enough. As far as guitars go, I have a general single coil sound and a general humbucker sound. I can shape both with pedals and amp settings. I'm happy with that. I feel it is both necessary and enough. For my kinda garage rock, Americana leanings anyway.

    Practical choices that have also become somewhat sentimental.

    However, I can imagine playing a Jazzmaster, Jaguar, LP Junior with P90s or some such and deciding I need that tone too. Maybe. But, not for now.

    I'm in the same mind about amps. I have three here, but mostly only use one, a hand wired Vox AC4HW1. I love it and it's basiclaly enough. I use my Yamaha THR10 for practice in quiet times (& I never use my rubbish sounding old practice amp, except for bass occasionally, where it does okay). But, I'm seriously thinking of getting a Boss Nextone Stage, to give me a couple of sonic options for recording, especially if it can give me a good general Fender clean sound. That would be another practical choice.

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  4. Collin D Plonker

    Collin D Plonker Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 2, 2020
    Does not compute. Does not compute. Does not compute. Does not compute. Does not compute.

    Nanananana. I can't hear you.
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  5. 2HBStrat

    2HBStrat Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 21, 2019
    Four Rivers Area of Middle America
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  6. Greenmachine

    Greenmachine Tele-Holic

    Nov 28, 2011
    New Jersey
    Bonomassa + 1 =
  7. nicknklv

    nicknklv Tele-Holic

    Mar 10, 2020
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Doesn't matter how many guitars you get, it still won't be as many as the "How many guitars" threads on TDPRI.
  8. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 13, 2013
    Initech, Inc.
    It's too many when it starts to impact your life negatively instead of positively.
    OTOH, it isn't hoarding when the stuff is cool. :D;)
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  9. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Ad Free Member

    Jun 22, 2010
    Osaka, Japan
    Too many is when you feel uncomfortable about it
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  10. Sparky2

    Sparky2 Friend of Leo's

    Apr 15, 2017
    Harvest, Alabama
    I have thought about this quite a bit in recent years.

    I myself always seem to have right around 20 stringed instruments in my possession, including acoustics, electrics, basses, ukuleles, and oddball cigar box guitars.

    My current count is 21.
    Ask me again in two months, and I'll have 18.
    Three months later 22.
    I'm an addict. I buy and I sell.

    To answer the question, "how many electric guitars is too many," let me start off by saying there's no fixed number.

    Rather, there is a number, exclusive to you, that meets certain standards for any discussion of 'too many'.

    So I'll offer this much.


    * You lie to your wife or girlfriend about how many electric guitars you own

    * You hide your latest guitar purchases from your wife or girlfriend, rather than let them see that you brought another one home

    * You can't afford to put food on the table because you spent your last dime on electric guitars

    * You are going into crippling credit card debt because you keep buying electric guitars

    * Some guy named Vinnie is threatening to break your knee caps because you owe The Mob money from all your electric guitar purchases

    * You are running out of places to store your electric guitars, and you are starting to lose count

    * Several of your electric guitars have gone un-played for six months or more because you have more than you can possibly keep up with


    * You just brought home another electric guitar, and realize after getting it home that you used to own this one, and forgot that you had sold it just last year.

    So, in summation, the answer is N =2, where N is the number you currently own.
    Because Vinnie.

    Okay, I'm gonna shut up now.

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  11. Telekaster

    Telekaster Tele-Meister

    May 10, 2004
    Next to a Fender amp
    I don't know the answer, I feel I am always one short!
  12. DFB1

    DFB1 Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Nov 27, 2018
    Oklahoma,for now.
    I have:
    4 electrics
    4 amps
    An 8 pedal board.
    I am gassing for an acoustic and a bass.
    That will be enough for a month or so.
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  13. Jimclarke100

    Jimclarke100 Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 8, 2009
    Horsham, UK
    I have 9 electric guitars; 4 bought, the rest home built.

    In as much as i need to maintain my hobby, I need one.

    I could perhaps justify three, maybe four - my Tele, my 12 string, my Jazzmaster or another trem equipped guitar and (at a stretch) my baritone.

    I can afford all 9, I play and enjoy all 9 and I have space for those 9.

    I don’t really have room for more guitars (17 in total now including acoustics, lap slides and a bass). That doesn’t stop me window shopping and jonesing for another.
  14. Peegoo

    Peegoo Poster Extraordinaire

    Oct 11, 2019
    Between the Raindrops
    I tend to believe “too many” is when you don’t know the exact number you have.
  15. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 15, 2010
    My wife used to kind of gripe about my “horse-trading” of guitars—especially if I was buying more than I was selling. Two things changed that in the last year or two.

    (1) We were going through a rough patch, financially—a car repair compounded by a slowdown at work compounded by an expensive home repair. I went to my “Guitar Fund”, peeled off $1000 and handed it to her.

    Me: “Put it in the bank, and we’ll be back closer to to the ‘cushion’ we normally keep in our checking account. We’ll make up the rest in a few weeks.”
    She: “Where’d you get this money?”
    Me: “By selling a couple of pedals and a guitar.”
    She: “I thought you bought another guitar...”
    Me: “I did, but I sold three pedals and a guitar for $1500, and I bought the new(er) guitar for $250, which I can sell for $500 if I need to...”
    She: “I thought all that money went into a black hole—you mean you make money doing this?”
    Me: “I’ve told you for more than 25 years—at this point, it’s self-funding!”

    (2) She kinda disapproved of a couple of purchases in quick succession, and I said,
    “I quit drinking over 20 years ago, I have never smoked, never did drugs or chased women. I don’t watch porn or go to topless bars. I quit motorcycles before we were married—and sold my hotrod not too long ago. I don’t gamble. I buy most of my gear (musical, boots, clothing, tools, etc.) second-hand. I have fewer amps now than I did four years ago. I work 40-60 hours a week, and do volunteer work for around 40-50 hours a month. When we were newly married, I arranged our finances so you could quit your job to take care of your (grand)mother because she had cancer, then your (grand)father because he broke his leg (he moved in with us—relegating my musical gear to a closet), then our kid was born while we were taking care of him. Then when he died, you did volunteer work at our congregation and the kid’s school—where you got volunteer of the year. You and the kid both do full-time, fulfilling volunteer work (100 hours/month each), I supported you and helped you with your second mom (aunt)’s end of life, and am doing the same with your uncle with dementia. By the way, I helped you with your mom, dad, aunt and uncle—taking them out to eat, to the grocery store or the park or to visit their friends, and taking shifts of sitting with them when they were dying—more than any of your cousins and any actual blood-kin family members, and I was glad to do it. Our house is paid off, we have cheap car payments and I never question a single purchase you make...why don’t you extend me the same courtesy?”

    She hasn’t said a single thing about it since.

    EDIT: you shouldn’t read the above statement and think that my wife is a lazy, spoiled “lady who lunches”…

    She works her butt off in her volunteer work, taking care of her elderly relatives, taking care of our home, and did the lion’s share of raising our kid while I was at work.

    I am also active in that volunteer work, raising that kid, and doing things around the house that she cannot do—we are a team, and we do a lot of these things together...but I will admit that it severely ticks me off whenever she questions the little eccentricities I have (mostly related to guitars).
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  16. TG

    TG Doctor of Teleocity

    Jan 23, 2004
    The wild west of Ireland
    What is this thing, 'too many'?
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  17. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 26, 2014
    South London UK
    I definitely have too many. I think if one isn’t played for longer than a year, it probably should be sold. I have a couple in that category now and will likely list them.
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  18. lathoto

    lathoto Tele-Meister

    Dec 18, 2020
    Lathoto's rule:

    If you have one guitar and you purchase another guitar, your better half will notice. If you have two guitars and purchase another guitar, your better half will mention that "you can only play one guitar at a time." If you have three guitars and purchase another guitar your better half will be visibly upset and in rare cases you may have to sleep in the truck for one night. If you have seven or more guitars and purchase another guitar your better half will not notice.

    Leaving the house with an empty case is not a new concept...
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  19. Sotakoira Musti

    Sotakoira Musti Tele-Holic

    Feb 14, 2019
    Helsinki, Finland
    I have 15ish, give or take 1-2 in upper direction and it’s way too much! But there are only couple of guitars I could sell. Everyone else are keepers for solid or sh***y reasons.
  20. Tele-friend

    Tele-friend Tele-Meister

    Dec 26, 2020
    Someone said, there are no answers, only better questions. In the end you will have to answer it for yourself.
    So instead of giving you answers, I will give you some more questions and once you answer them, maybe you will find your ideal number of guitars.
    1. Are you primarily a player where one guitar can be enough (like Willie Nelson) and maybe another one or two for backup?
    Or are you a collector and you like collecting different types, models, colours, pickup configurations etc.
    2. Does having more guitars inspire you to play more?
    3. Deep down does buying more guitar make you happy or is it a burden for you?
    4. Why do you buy guitars, maybe to chase boredom?
    5. When you buy a guitar, how soon do you start thinking about another new one?
    6. Do you regularly play every guitar that you have?
    7. Are you happy with the ones you already have?
    8. Do you have enough room to store them?
    9. Do you have enough money to buy them or is it negatively affecting your financial status?
    10. Can you imagine selling some of your guitars? How would you feel? Why couldnt you?

    So like I said at the beginning. Everybody must do their homework and find the answers for themselves.
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