What to do with all this gear? (more pics on pg. 3)

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  1. Professor Bill

    Professor Bill TDPRI Member

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    Hi all,

    First post here.

    I'm been a player since the 1980s, but never a pro. I write a bit, record with friends, but my gigging days are long past. (The ringing in my ears helps me remember the good old days.)

    In the past 8 or 9 nine years I've assembled a small collection – nothing terribly valuable or vintage, but all things that I like in one way or another.

    But I've lately been tempted to downsize and simplify – sell all the guitars and the extra amp and buy just one great Telecaster and one great acoustic (maybe a Waterloo).

    Perhaps this is just another form of GAS.

    Encourage me or talk me out of this.

    Here's the collection as of January (not including pedals).


    Guitars


    1. Guild ’78 G37

    2. Guild ’65 M20

    3. Gibson ’35 L-30

    4. Epiphone ’63 Serenader F-85 12-string

    5. Gretsch ’18 Rancher Penguin Parlor (with Fishman)

    6. Gretsch ‘09 Anniversary Jr.

    7. Hofner German 500/1 2015

    8. Gibson Custom Pro ’10 LP (the GC model)

    9. Fender Japan ’07-08 1968-69 Reissue Paisley Telecaster

    10. Rickenbacker ’04 350 v63 with Accent vibrato

    11. G&L ’82 SC-2 DFV/tremolo

    12. Paul Rhoney ’15 Zodiac

    13. Jerry Jones ’92-98 Singlecut

    14. Jerry Jones ’92-98 Singlecut/Neptune 12-string

    15. MJT/Musikraft ’12 Parts Esquire

    16. Warmoth/Musikraft ’18 Parts Cabronita

    17. MJT/Musikraft ’19 Parts Lipstick Stratocaster

    18. Epiphone Japan ’99 Olympic


    Amps


    1. Carr Mercury

    2. Marshall 1958x

    3. Acoustic B15 bass amp
     
  2. Toadtele

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    Welcome. Keep them all.
     
  3. Fretting out

    Fretting out Tele-Afflicted

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    First you need to get a couple more teles then ask the question again
     
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    Fretting out Tele-Afflicted

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    That’s really not that many and all are different enough to justify..at least in my mind that’s how I look at it

    Oh and welcome to the greatness that is the tdpri
     
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    Just think how much fun it will be trying to re-buy those when they're gone. On the other hand, I was perfectly happy with one electric and one acoustic when I was young. If having all that stuff gets in the way of your playing enjoyment........
     
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    Sounds like a fun collection. Keep it.imho.
     
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  7. adjason

    adjason Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I'd probably sell off about half of them
     
  8. bftfender

    bftfender Friend of Leo's

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    looks like you need more amps to balance things..
     
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    Marc Morfei Tele-Afflicted

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    There is something very satisfying about reducing. I am sure they’re all great, but if you sold half you would still have plenty. And hopefully they would end up in the hands of people that would be thrilled to have them.
     
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    I'll be no help, but my old best buddy keeps telling me to get one of everything, then one of everything in every color. Does that help? Welcome!
     
  11. teletimetx

    teletimetx Doctor of Teleocity

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    Welcome! Looks like some interesting guitars and amps.

    Generally, more is more, but that's a decision you have to reach all by your lonesome. There's no way anyone without knowing you could grasp what you would regret in the future if you sold guitar X vs. Guitar y

    In my recent experience, I have been downsizing and upgrading and honestly, I have to consult a list now to think of some of the guitars I used to have, because the ones I said goodbye to just were not getting played. For various reasons. My approach tends towards keeping the instruments I play and saying goodbye to those that only gather dust. Works for me.

    Good luck with whatever you decide.
     
  12. brookdalebill

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    Howdy!
     
  13. Jim622

    Jim622 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    First welcome and I'm kind of starting to think the same. I have hoped for years my son or one of my grandchildren would pick up an instrument so I can just hand my gear off, but it hasn't happened. I am holding out hope for my 8 year old grandson. If no one takes an interest what happens to my gear. I am currently looking into veterans music programs if anything happens to me before I do something with them myself.
     
  14. dan1952

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    Welcome! The unfortunate truth Is that you're not going to get what you'd like to see out of your collection. The market is very soft and saturated at this point, and while you have some cool guitars, at least in my opinion, older Guilds and Jerry Jones guitars are a tough, slow sell, and won't likely bring much. Furthermore, a lot of folks are doing the same as you, trying to downsize. But good luck!
     
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  15. ReverendRevolver

    ReverendRevolver Tele-Holic

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    I'd say sell off whatever meets these 2 criteria:

    A. Doesn't make you feel inclined to play it.

    B. Other Instrument can fill its niche in its absence

    C. Can fetch at least $350+ to be worth the trouble.

    Thin the heard by a few guitars. Then add another tele and pick up some amps for the sake of balance.

    Collection isn't too cluttered. You aren't a pack rat picking up every squier strat south of $80 you come across or anything, so nothing "needs" to go. Nothing is redundant, as far as I'm seeing. It could be culled. Just a matter of taste.

    How many walls do you have vacant, and how color coordinated are the solid body electrics?

    :)
     
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    Definitely need more amps!
     
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    you`ve come to the wrong forum
     
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    Looking at your list those are some pretty nice guitars. Guild, Gibson, Gretsch, Rickenbacker, an old Epiphone 12-string - it's like a dream guitar list I'd make if I hit the lottery.

    If it were me I'd be willing to lose the '99 Epiphone and the Acoustic bass amp, that's about it. Maybe one of the parts guitars, but I'm betting those are pretty sweet too and you're never gonna get what you put into them price-wise.

    You do need a good Fender Tele though, and probably a nice vintage Fender amp.

    Welcome to the forum!
     
  19. Kitarkus

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    Hi Bill...Welcome! Well...you should keep most of 'em but you should most definitely sell that 1965 Guild M-20 to me!

    When I get up to 5 or 6 guitars and 3+ amps I start to feel the same way. Over time, the 'keepers' have a way of staying with me and I let some go....usually without much lingering regret....always staying in the 5-6 guitar range. Do you play all of them? Sentimental? Only you can make the call.

    In my experience the used market is a bit soft right now...at least for high dollar vintage guitars. Your mileage may vary. Personally, I like the idea of finding just a few really good guitars that keep me interested and divesting of the gear that clutters my habitat and my mind.

    The real dilemma might be finding that superb one or two that you are willing to downsize for.

    Kit
     
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  20. 2 Headed Goat

    2 Headed Goat Friend of Leo's

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    Welcome! I'd dump all but the Carr, 1 Guild and the SC-2. You can cover heaps of sonic ground with those 3. The rest = excess. Quality over quantity IMB.
     
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