If after allowing your GAS to run free rein, do you in turn become a bit of a ho.

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For years I only had one guitar. If I wanted a new one I made myself get rid of the old one. When I finally acquired my Tele I was pretty well satisfied. Then I became a bit less financially restricted and started adding guitars without getting rid of any. I still like the Tele the most but there’s room for others too.
 

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Hi TD,

I used to own one acoustic and one electric. I’m convinced I was a better guitarist then; I was gigging 2 to 3 nights a week, practicing solo and with a band most other nights.

Those guitars I feel I knew upside down and backwards.

I was also a lot younger and broker. Later, I bought other gear. I swapped my electric. My first acoustic was smashed in an accident (never keep a good guitar in a cheap case).

I like the gear I’ve got now. But not like I liked those guitars.


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"First line of defense should be an opening statement comprised of or at least pertaining to:

"Dos quigglem for septal drigler gobble later, whitten left jugular fallish bedroom pringles …."


Well, I guess when you put it that way, it DOES sound a little stupid.....;)
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i pick a category...research then obliterate it..then on to next ...current subject- pre amps & mics..out of nowhere 5 pres & 9 mic's.

almost weird when a total contentment phase is happening--i like the hunt,,the research-the process of learning then making it all work out. Now days..no shame in the game..no price worries..just want what works..it's usually never the most popular or most expensive but what works for the situation..but procrastinating over a purchase..no more..click..ahh..i enjoy it !! Why not..i work my butt off & actually use it all.

Might get into frame up car builds again when retire soon..need to work..like it
 

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Back when a cheap plywood Alvarez classical guitar was my only acoustic, I felt my life would be complete once I got an acoustic guitar made of solid wood. Later, after getting a pretty nice Taylor dreadnaught, I loaned my Alvarez guitar to a friend and the friend lost it in a burglary. Eventually I traded the Taylor for a mandolin. I don't miss the Taylor. But I miss that crappy Alvarez.
 

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My GAS absolutely reigned free this year with four new guitars and a bass just yesterday.

I love my collection and my American Special Tele still gets the majority of my playing time while the others are played in rotation for a change of pace. My last three instruments, a Squier Tele Deluxe, Fender Player Strat, and Yamaha bass were in the $300 - $550 range so nothing crazy.

I think I’m going to call it a year on new instruments and consider 2019 to be my best year ever.

PS. My golf clubs are custom fit Callaways from 2005. I only play with 7 clubs now and have much more fun.
 

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Hi TD,

I used to own one acoustic and one electric. I’m convinced I was a better guitarist then; I was gigging 2 to 3 nights a week, practicing solo and with a band most other nights.

Those guitars I feel I knew upside down and backwards.

I was also a lot younger and broker. Later, I bought other gear. I swapped my electric. My first acoustic was smashed in an accident (never keep a good guitar in a cheap case).

I like the gear I’ve got now. But not like I liked those guitars.


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I'm pretty sure I know what you're talking about, when I got rid of my old Martin, I felt like I had sold a good friend down the river. It's been nigh onto ten years, I still miss the feel, and smell of that old guitar. Some things you can just never do again.
 

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I play better with a full set of clubs. I rely on my wedges which I carry four of, to get me around the course now. At my age, some long holes are just out of my reach, I get as close as I can, and then try to make a good pitch, and putt. When I first started, I had a cheap set of clubs sold by Wards, I had a lot of fun with two woods, four irons and a putter. Money was tight, they were all I could afford, but I had a good time doing something that I had previously thought only rich folks were allowed to do.
 

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I have three others and I like them fine, but I've had the same tele plugged in to the same amp for a couple months now, and I haven't switched up my acoustics for about the same time. I probably won't move on it, it's not like they're in the way or tying up a lot of money, but I sometimes wonder why I need more than the two guitars.

HOwever, that's not enough to make me call myself any names. :p
 

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Hi TD,

I used to own one acoustic and one electric. I’m convinced I was a better guitarist then; I was gigging 2 to 3 nights a week, practicing solo and with a band most other nights.

Those guitars I feel I knew upside down and backwards.

I was also a lot younger and broker. Later, I bought other gear. I swapped my electric. My first acoustic was smashed in an accident (never keep a good guitar in a cheap case).

I like the gear I’ve got now. But not like I liked those guitars.


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When we were younger, there were probably a whole lot less distractions too, I suppose that plays into it. When I was young, and broke most of the time, the only thing I had to do was play my guitar. As you move along in life, you gather family and friends, obligatgions a dog, maybe a horse, or who knows what, then you have to divide up your time amongst them all.
 

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I have three others and I like them fine, but I've had the same tele plugged in to the same amp for a couple months now, and I haven't switched up my acoustics for about the same time. I probably won't move on it, it's not like they're in the way or tying up a lot of money, but I sometimes wonder why I need more than the two guitars.

HOwever, that's not enough to make me call myself any names. :p

Acceptance is the first step! :D:lol:
 

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I'm serious about living on my budget, and I don't budget anything for gear acquisition. Self imposed rule: if I want to buy any gear, I have to generate the cash by selling something or saving up leftover allowance money. That keeps the GAS at arms length.

I've got a Mission 5E3 I built from a kit, an ESP 400 Strat I bought new in 1985, a Tele partscaster I put together about ten years ago, a parts bin Tele partscaster I got cheap from Mellecaster, and an Epi gold top LP Standard Mrs. D. surprised me with last Christmas. Maybe $2500 total acquisition cost altogether, spread over 30+ years. I like the necks, I like the sound through the amp, they're comfortable, and they look great hanging on the wall when I'm not playing.

All the studios in LA, Nashville, and NYC have apparently lost my phone number, so I don't need to "cover all the bases". I'd love them, but I'll do just fine without an ES335 or an L5. I'd be happy with any one of my guitars as my only guitar. If I can play it, any of them can do it well enough. My first forty-five years playing, I only had one guitar at a time. Never needed a backup or even thought about it.

I get on this forum or TGP, and I start thinking about wanting other guitars. Or replacing pickups, or replacing hardware. One of my Teles has Don Mare pickups and a Glendale bridge, the other has unidentifiable mystery parts. If I recorded them both, they would sound a little different, but I doubt you could tell which one had the expensive parts and which was the cheapo.

I think Brother Blowtorch got it just right.

Yes.

Ideally, it's not having what you want, it's wanting what you've got.

"Love the one you're with" …
 

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I've always looked at them as works of art. All different and unique. Although don't own any of the usual suspects. Seem to hover at around 50 or so. I do have my favorites though. Others are like money in the bank so unless the market completely crashes they'll hold their value and as it stands keep going up. In other words I don't buy just because its the latest and greatest but because it was a deal and I speculated on its future market value. The kid that buys a used DINKY because it was cool for $200 wont get the same return as the OG that bought a 60's Burns he didn't really like for $100 so to say.
 

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When I only had one guitar for many, many years, I loved my guitar, I don't mean liked it, I loved it like a favorite friend, or something close to it.

That's how I felt about my Epiphone Texan that I had from 17-32. It was the only guitar I could afford.
I had to sell it to buy a water heater for the family home- times were tough in Oz at that time.
Now I have 6 good guitars, a Princeton and a Katana, and only play every couple of days. Might sell 'em all and buy a J-45.
 

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That's how I felt about my Epiphone Texan that I had from 17-32. It was the only guitar I could afford.
I had to sell it to buy a water heater for the family home- times were tough in Oz at that time.
Now I have 6 good guitars, a Princeton and a Katana, and only play every couple of days. Might sell 'em all and buy a J-45.

It's hard to know what to do at times, because I seem to end up doing something, even after thinking it through, that just isn't right for me in the end. I don't know your financial situation, but if you can afford it, buy the J-45, put the others you have a away, then if the J-45 is right for you, go ahead and move the other stuff. I've had some guitars that if I had given them a chance I would have liked, did like as a matter of fact, but once I got started selling stuff off, that became a job for me to hurry up and finish too. Sometimes, there just ain't no rest for the wicked! :lol:
 

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Yes. I went down that rabbit hole once and am much happier with one bass, one acoustic, I have three electrics, but do not need or want any more gear.
 

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I've been thinking about this--thanks a lot, TD--and although I have always thought I had a strong case of GAS, and I've sometimes felt guilty about it, I think I was really fairly well in control the whole time, and my collection now is modest and reasonable. I have reasons--both practical and sentimental--for keeping each of the nine guitars I own, even though not all of them get played very often. I did come to my senses enough to give away my router, before I buried myself in blueprint teles, which, being like children, are very hard to part with.

I do think that nine is plenty enough, and I'm happy to leave for someone else whatever guitars are out there that are "better" than the ones I have. I can't imagine trying to keep track of 25, 50, or 100 guitars, the way some people apparently do.
 




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