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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Toadtele, Aug 10, 2019.
Friends ask why I sell guitars on eBay.
I tell them that I sell because I use.
Ya. Your finished. I’ve finished ten, maybe 15 times. What we tell ourselves.
It's like anything addictive - want a donut, go ahead, but you owe yourself about 5 mile jog. If you got em you should play em or get rid. Me, I get sick of donuts all the time too, so I play a few different instruments. I look at having lots of instruments as an opportunity to learn more songs - so if you have more than a couple of guitars, try leaving one or two in different tunings or learn a few songs on keyboard, whatever. The upshot is that the more instruments you knock out a tune on, the easier it is to sit in with other musicians if you play something they don't.
Your GAS is the addiction not the guitar. As I have learned, collecting guitars is a fools errand. The most I've ever owned was 17 or 18 plus a bass. I'm done to 8 now but it will be soon be 6 plus the bass.
I enjoy the ones I have now more because I play them more often. I hope to be down to 4 or 5 in the next 12 to 18 months after I decide which ones I want to keep.
It's easy to rationalize guitar purchases, particularly if you don't have other toys or other interests that cost money. It's cheaper than boating, golfing etc.
The guitar playing is another matter altogether. It's a healthy endeavor.
I have a lifetime interest/hobby. Between learning new songs, recording songs and playing them it's almost a full-time passion. I took it up when I was 13 and nearly 70 now and retired. I know other retired folks who have no real outside interest other than their family.
The most important part is the playing not the collecting.
PS: That is not to say that I don't have gear lust. I can think of at least 4 guitars that I would love to acquire but I'm beyond that now.
OK...40 guitars is a lot. Like, a decent sized music shop a lot. Seriously, I know this place is like the reverse of a 12 step program, but if you feel guilty about it, then you should either stop feeling guilty about it (you're not exactly Jeffrey Epstein you know, it's no sin to own a lot of guitars) or you should really assess what you're doing with 40 guitars. It sounds like you're feeling guilty, which is terrible. Here's a few ideas:
1. A guitarist only ever needs one bass (that he'll rarely play anyhow). You probably have at least 4. Pick your favorite bass and Reverb all the others, or Reverb them all and use the cash to buy one bass you really want. Then make a solemn promise not to even browse Craigslist for basses for two years.
2. Pick 10 or 15 guitars you honestly never really liked, or rarely ever played, or that you have a near-duplicate of. Sell them ALL and use the cash to buy one really killer guitar of your dreams - then sell all the half-arsed versions of THAT guitar you have. For instance maybe buy a Ron Kirn or a Custom Shop Fender and ditch 8-10 telecasters.
3. This is the "how to clean your closet" method. Put ALL the guitars together in a room that is not your practice room. The first time you go to play guitar, pick one that you really like and bring it into the practice room and keep it there. Then the next time you go to play guitar, either keep on playing that one, or choose another one you like out of the pile, then keep that one in the practice room as well. After a few months, all the guitars that you really do like to play, or have a use for, will be in the practice room. Sell all the ones that never made it in there. Who knows what you'll end up with - maybe 4 strats and nothing else. Maybe you already own the only electric guitar that you really need.
4. Two or three out, one in. You CANNOT buy any guitar until AFTER selling at least two, preferably three, guitars. So if you see something you really like, you have to first ID and sell a few.
BTW I am trying to get to 4 six strings, a 12 string, and a bass using method #4. Then I might buy or make something.
Do the Acoustics Count?
I have seven guitars and think five to six is the right number. I want an ES335 and maybe a Martin or Collings OM and maybe a Dread. What were you saying?
I don’t think acoustics count.
And the Lap steel?
It is a lap steel not a guitar.
Phew - that's another 7 then
Listen. This was about guitars. If you count basses, cellos, ukes and all other stringed instruments, I’m going to feel much worse! Cellos are much bigger and more expensive. But just as freaking cool!
I thought i had a problem with 7 guitars and 6 amps.
But 40 guitars? Yeah, that's definitely in hoarder territory.
That's 40, just of 6 string fretted guitars? Not lap steels, a Mandolin, etc? How many stringed instruments we talking bout?
40 guitars, eh? How often do you restring them??
Definitely not, they are a different instrument.
Ok. I need to be honest with myself. And y’all. So I did the count.
41- guitars (six, seven or twelve string)
5- basses (four or five string)
2-cellos (both 4 strings)
But... not one damn banjo!
Guitar parts shouldn't count either. They are only parts, not guitars
Exactly even when they are assembled
Amen. It’s just some extra parts!!