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Just one guitar..could you (would you) do it?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Grateful Ape, Nov 18, 2018.

  1. Grateful Ape

    Grateful Ape Tele-Holic

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    So Chez Ape, we have four electrics and a couple of acoustics. In that little lot, there are a couple of 'premier brands.' Here's the thing: I only ever gig with one of them, and furthermore, it's the one I play all the time at home.

    This got me thinking: should I just cut my losses and sell the rest? (Well, except one cheap acoustic my folks bought me.) I men, I spent the first ten years of my guitar playing life in this situation. I've tried lots of good guitars over the years, and I can think of couple of great ones that I let slip away - I've never had the money when I've come across them. But I've not come across anything to touch my strat in many years. (late 90's Am Dlx fwiw.)

    I'd welcome your thoughts. Anyone else done this?
     
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  2. Sparky2

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    It's an individual/personal choice, for sure.

    I am quite certain that I could do quite well with just one electric and one acoustic, even as much as my band gigs, practices, and stays busy.

    The problem is, and you hit upon it, we grow sentimental attachments to our guitars.

    I have an Epiphone acoustic that I bought brand new in 1976. It's a beat-up FT120, and nobody in their right mind would want it but me.

    I have a Kramer Ferrington that my dear mom (God rest her soul) and my brother bought for me on my 27th birthday in 1986. I can't part with it.

    One of my bass guitars.....
    It's a black ESP LTD, nothing special.
    Except that our drummer Bob loved it, and he got out from behind the drum kit on a song or two over the years and played it.
    I can't let that bass go, especially since (tragically) Bob died of cancer just nine months ago.

    My ukulele;
    My then girlfriend, now wife, bought it for me, and we have so much history with it.

    My Takamine acoustic, same thing.
    Beth bought it for me for Christmas ten years ago.
    Even if I wanted to sell it, she would be hurt by my letting it go off into somebody else's hands.
    And I play it at nearly every live gig.


    It's complicated, I guess that's what I am saying.
    :(
     
  3. dsutton24

    dsutton24 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I only had one guitar for many years. I don't recommend it.
     
  4. Grateful Ape

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    Ok: so if you only have (or thus far have only found) one guitar that really speaks to you, would you just pick up something cheap for backup?
     
  5. Wrighty

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    I could survive with my AmPro Tele and Faith acoustic..........out of my 9 guitars
     
  6. BradL

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    But if I don't keep buying Telecasters surely Fender will go out of business? :):lol:

    Seriously, though, I tend to play one or two guitars and often wonder why I don't offload the others. Despite enjoying all of them at one time or another I've found a couple of Teles over the past few years that I simply cannot fault and the rest now just take up room.
     
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  7. RLee77

    RLee77 Friend of Leo's

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    The thing you aren’t considering here is that needs and preferences change over time in unpredictable ways. Even if you think otherwise.
     
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  8. bgmacaw

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    A big NO!

    The last time I had just one guitar was 1973. I did briefly cut back to 2 in a early 90's gear purge but that mistake didn't last long.
     
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  9. preactor

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    I look back on 45 years of playing guitar and man I have changed. I started down the Les Paul / Big Amp route and finally ended up desiring to play a telecaster. Now my one guitar really could be a telecaster. But tomorrow?
     
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  10. Grateful Ape

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    The problem here is that to my ears, really great guitars are few and far between. Lots of good-to-acceptable ones.
     
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  11. deadbeat son

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    After having as many as 12 guitars, I’m down to three electrics and one of them is for sale. Between the two remainders, that would be a tough choice to make. I can’t see myself with one, but I’d be happy with two or maybe three these days.
     
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  12. gtrplr

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    No. Next question.
     
  13. Donny Osmond fan

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    If it is a Burns Of London yes I could. :twisted:

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  14. Andy B

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    No. I need to have enough guitars around so I can drive myself crazy picking which one to play.
     
  15. Blazer

    Blazer Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    NO!

    But if I were to have an extended stay abroad and they'd tell me I could take only one with me it's either gonna be my Fender CP-100 Parlor
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    or my Frankenstein Strat (Squier body and SX Neck) "Donna."
    Bluestrat.JPG Donna's original neck had a broken trussrod. With her new SX neck she plays and sounds so good.
     
  16. El Tele Lobo

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    Shirking an abundance of guitars to have just one? Why...it's positively UNCOUTH!!!

    I could. But hopefully I'll never have to. Attached to all of mine now.
     
  17. Blazer

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    That's a cool guitar, but I wonder, seeing as how the Marvin model is based on the design and the concept of a Strat, would anybody use it for anything else but Shadows material?

    How would Jimi Hendrix tunes or later day Eric Clapton material sound on a Burns Marvin? Heck why shouldn't you play some Deep Purple songs on a Burns Marvin?
     
  18. bftfender

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    my SG or Japan Ibanez..either or, just as long i get my DSL40cr rig
     
  19. Mr Scallywag

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    I could not, would not with a mouse,
    I could not, would not in a house,
    I could not go both near or far,
    I could not have just one guitar.
     
  20. AAT65

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    No, I don’t think I could cope with just one.
    I don’t like having so many guitars that they don’t all get playing-time — a guitar locked in a case is a sad waste. But it’s been 30 years since I only had one electric and I don’t see me cutting back below the current 4 electrics. (And 1 bass and 3 acoustics.)
    On the other hand I can’t buy any more without trading in, I think, because I bought a nice 7-guitar rack which is full up...
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