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How Many Guitars...Is Enough??

GUEST,saulgoldie 13 Dec 17 - 11:39 AM
Tattie Bogle 13 Dec 17 - 11:51 AM
GUEST,Ray 13 Dec 17 - 12:39 PM
GUEST,rewster 13 Dec 17 - 01:58 PM
GUEST,Richard Bridge on a new desktop 13 Dec 17 - 04:55 PM
GUEST 13 Dec 17 - 05:11 PM
Bat Goddess 13 Dec 17 - 05:16 PM
Phil Cooper 13 Dec 17 - 09:15 PM
punkfolkrocker 13 Dec 17 - 09:18 PM
Steve Shaw 13 Dec 17 - 09:30 PM
GUEST 13 Dec 17 - 10:08 PM
punkfolkrocker 13 Dec 17 - 10:44 PM
punkfolkrocker 13 Dec 17 - 10:46 PM
Merritt 14 Dec 17 - 12:24 AM
Bee-dubya-ell 14 Dec 17 - 12:40 AM
Will Fly 14 Dec 17 - 05:37 AM
GUEST,rewster 14 Dec 17 - 06:54 AM
Rob Naylor 14 Dec 17 - 07:06 AM
GUEST,DTM 14 Dec 17 - 07:44 AM
GUEST,DTM 14 Dec 17 - 07:46 AM
Mooh 14 Dec 17 - 07:52 AM
GUEST,Warwickslade 14 Dec 17 - 10:58 AM
Mooh 14 Dec 17 - 12:05 PM
gillymor 14 Dec 17 - 01:57 PM
Mr Red 14 Dec 17 - 05:15 PM
Bee-dubya-ell 14 Dec 17 - 06:13 PM
GUEST,matt milton 14 Dec 17 - 06:16 PM
Will Fly 15 Dec 17 - 03:32 AM
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Subject: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: GUEST,saulgoldie
Date: 13 Dec 17 - 11:39 AM

Yeah, I know--one more. Ha ha. But seriously, this is sort of a guitar question, and also an "other" question. As in, how many/much of (fill in the blank) do I actually need/can I use?

So yeah, most of us can only play one ata time. And some of us who think otherwise, cannot even do that. :-/ But I'm looking around at my, ahem, "shtuffs" and wondering why I need any particular this or that, including guitars. Andif I were to de-collect them, how would I determine which ones to let go of?

There's how good do they sound, how well do they play, the (irrational) emotion factor, how much could I reasonably expect for them, is anyone else even interested in them? And, of course, how would I subsequently fill up the space that they used to take up? (jk) Or maybe I'm inventing a problem where none exists??

Thanks for your thoughts.

saulgoldie


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 13 Dec 17 - 11:51 AM

I thought the folklore also suggested "If you can count them, you haven't got enough".
Can't really help you decide how to whittle them down, but I more or less gave one of my 3 away to a friend's grandson, who was wanting to start playing. Sold for the price of a new set of machine-heads. My space is taken up by other instruments however!


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: GUEST,Ray
Date: 13 Dec 17 - 12:39 PM

Sold my old Yamaha nearly 40 years ago and always regretted it and, apart from that, the only other one that's gone was a duplicate - same make/model.

Trouble is that no two guitars ever sound alike and every time you find one which sounds different (I won't say better 'cos that's a subjective decision) you need to have it; which is why I've ended up with a dozen or so.

Same applies to mandolins and I actually have more of those than guitars 'cos they don't take up as much space.


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: GUEST,rewster
Date: 13 Dec 17 - 01:58 PM

Realistically, you need a 6 string for standard tuning, a six for open tunings, a 12 string and a nylon strung 6. You also need a banjo or two plus a mandolin, a ukulele and a bouzouki. You may also need an acoustic bass. And an autoharp. That's for acoustic playing.
Then...


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: GUEST,Richard Bridge on a new desktop
Date: 13 Dec 17 - 04:55 PM

All 12s are luxuries as are twin-necks. I have 5 of the former and 2 of the latter.

Playability can ALWAYS be fixed by a good fettler.

After that it is a matter of what they sound like.


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Dec 17 - 05:11 PM

Just make sure after you kick the bucket your wife doesn't sell them for what you TOLD her you paid...;-)

Linn


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 13 Dec 17 - 05:16 PM

Sorry. that last post was from me. I failed to notice I'd lost my cookie (which is entirely different than losing one's cookies...).

Linn


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 13 Dec 17 - 09:15 PM

I decided long ago that I was not a guitar collector. I generally use two guitars for our performances. I have a back up guitar, for when one needs to go in for repairs. If I see I guitar I really want, I have to figure out which one I will sell to help pay for the new one. If I have more guitars than those, they would just sit in a case unplayed. I won't go in to which brands of guitars I've had over the years, suffice it to say I really liked the sound I got out of them. Again, as stated above, that's a matter of preference.


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 13 Dec 17 - 09:18 PM

"How Many Guitars...Is Enough??"

I long ago passed that threshold and stopped counting after 70ish....

My rule for many years was wasting no more than ?200 for a good used or heavily discounted end of line guitar,
...ideally less than ?50.

I was probably buying more than one cheap used guitar per month off ebay & Cash Converters...

Over the last 5 years I've got the addiction down to 2 or 3 a year,
but now more expensive guitars eg: ?300 - ?500 for better quality instrument discounted down in January & Black Friday sales
from original retail approx ?700 - ?1000...

There is no justification or rationale.. it is an addiction [GAS],
but there are far more harmful addictions other folks suffer from...

Last month I bought one of probably the last 3* I'll ever buy - a genuine USA Gibson Les Paul Traditional knocked down to ?1200.
It's my 60th birthday present to myself.
I'll actually be 60 in just over a years time,
and I might just by then have cleared the debt this guitar has put me in...

Who knows what the next 12 months will bring, so I am better off enjoying this guitar now while I still can;
and maybe start a long overdue big cull in the new year...???

[ * I still want a USA Telecaster, and a Gretsch]

By coincidence I watched these 2 videos this after noon...

2016 Before

2017 After


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 13 Dec 17 - 09:30 PM

I have thirty or forty harmonicas. I'll get me coat.


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Dec 17 - 10:08 PM

How many?   Ask your spouse.


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 13 Dec 17 - 10:44 PM

Conversely, how many wives are enough...???


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 13 Dec 17 - 10:46 PM

Btw.. for many years I only bought black guitars so she wouldn't notice the new ones..


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: Merritt
Date: 14 Dec 17 - 12:24 AM

My current collection. Absolutely don't need to keep this many, but they make me happy. And my wife, the real keeper, encourages me just because they make me happy. All are set up to plug & play in bars, breweries, dance halls, etc. I play all of 'em regularly except the travel guitar. Often bring 2 or 3 instruments to a gig.

• 1968 Standel AKA Harptone Jumbo (spruce/mahogany; Fishman Rare Earth Humbucker; any tuning)
• 2005 Simon & Patrick Woodland Parlor (spruce/cherry; Fishman Rare Earth Humbucker; kept in open D or G)
• 2008 Breedlove D25/SM Dread (spruce/mahogany; L.R. Baggs Stage Pro Element; standard & drop tunings)
• 2008 Giannini Cavaquinho (spruce/something; Dean Markley contact pickup; mostly tuned to top end of open G)
• 2009 Wechter Travel (all mahogany beater; JJB 220 pickup; any tuning)
• 2015 Gretsch G5620T-CB Thinline Electromatic (5-ply maple body & maple neck; Blacktop FilterTron @ bridge & SuperHiLoTron @ neck; any tuning)
• 2016 Gretsch G9450 Dixie 5-String Banjo (cheap open-back banjo, Fishman Rare Earth Humbucker, tunings so far include G, A6 and Mountain Modal)
• 2017 Taylor 150e 12-string Dreadnaught (spruce/sapele; Taylor Expression System; standard & drop tunings)


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 14 Dec 17 - 12:40 AM

Enough is what I currently have plus a Weissenborn, a metal-bodied round-neck reso, a lap steel, and an acoustic baritone. Once those have been added to the collection, I shall be at peace unless the urge to learn pedal steel raises its head.

I would also like a hammered dulcimer with a super-bass bridge, but that's not a guitar, so it doesn't count.


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: Will Fly
Date: 14 Dec 17 - 05:37 AM

I have 8 guitars and each has a purpose.

1 Chisholm mid-jumbo acoustic. Good projection, great for sessions.

1 Martin XC1T mid-jumbo cutaway acoustic with Baggs iBeam. Outdoor workhorse.

1 Martin OM mid-jumbo cutaway acoustic with Fishman pickup. Pub workhorse.

1 Chisholm 00 small-bodied acoustic with K&K pickup. Fingerstyle & club guesting.

1 Chisholm thin, hollow-bodied cutaway acoustic with 1960s DeArmond pickup. Custom blues rock guitar.

1 Otwin Harmony jazz archtop cutaway (1961) with Seymour Duncan Slimbucker pickup. Jazz work.

1 Chisholm custom tenor guitar. Melody work.

1 Chisholm lap steel guitar. Country fun.


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: GUEST,rewster
Date: 14 Dec 17 - 06:54 AM

I forgot the baritone...


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: Rob Naylor
Date: 14 Dec 17 - 07:06 AM

I have more than I have the talent or time to play enough:

1 Chisholm "scoop" acoustic, designed for fingerpicking but used as my main workhorse guitar.

1 Chisholm acoustic. Used to be my main workhorse, but under-used at home since acquiring the scoop.

1 Martin DX1AE acoustic. Hangs in my office at home, and is played most days when I'm working from home. Had terrible problems with fret wear when I first got it. Fixed by an Ian Chisholm re-fret.

1 Epiphone "Black Beauty" electric. Play it occasionally, but normally sits on a specially reinforced part of the floor in my office!

1 Yamaha 310 acoustic. Sits in my office on Sakhalin in the Russian Far East. Gets played there, in the bar at the Sapporo Hotel and in the bar at the Mishka Pub, but only when I'm in Russia.

1 Vintage acoustic. Lives at my sister's house in Findhorn, Scotland. Should sell it really as it hasn't been played for about 3 years.

1 Washburn travel guitar. Was originally bought for travelling back and forth to Russia, but became redundant when I bought the Yamaha out there. On permanent loan to the guitarist/ songwriter of the band "Gravity Drive", Elijah Wolf, who seems to use it a lot. It apparently features on their forthcoming new album.


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: GUEST,DTM
Date: 14 Dec 17 - 07:44 AM

Y mate says he only needs one guitar ........
..... his next one.


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: GUEST,DTM
Date: 14 Dec 17 - 07:46 AM

Note: That should have read "My mate says"....


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: Mooh
Date: 14 Dec 17 - 07:52 AM

I like different tones for recording, performance, and general self amusement. Acoustic 6 (various sizes) and 12 strings, nylon, resonator (wood and steel body), electric (solid, hollow, humbucker, singlecoil), archtop, lapsteel (Weissenborn and electric), bass (4 and 5 strings, and acoustic), tenor, guit-jo, never mind all the banjos, mandolins, ukuleles, etc. I also teach several of those.

Enough depends on the moment, but like a mechanic, having the right tool for the job is important. Many in my list have back-ups of similar design, maybe for the convenience of alternate tunings, or just because I like a particular guitar. So yeah, maybe I have a couple more steel string acoustics than I need or could get away with, and maybe an electric or two.

I DO have my "cold dead hands" guitar, the last one I will ever release before I die and hopefully not until I do. It's a simple all solid rosewood/spruce acoustic, but in the meantime I will have my tools.


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: GUEST,Warwickslade
Date: 14 Dec 17 - 10:58 AM

Some people collect teacups. Some people collect stamps, postcards, beer mats, vacuum cleaners but they are just collecting dust, and some people collect guitars. At least you can play a guitar. Well some can. So what’s so different. If you can afford it do it. Just don’t tell the wife how much. I did!


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: Mooh
Date: 14 Dec 17 - 12:05 PM

I married an enabler, that has helped a lot.


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: gillymor
Date: 14 Dec 17 - 01:57 PM

After 40+ years of searching I've determined that there is no one acoustic that will do it all, although my Froggy Bottom F (0000-sized) comes as close as I've gotten, therefore I've got 4 at home with 2 out on loan and Bourgeois Slope D on the way. My wife doesn't mind the guitars but I catch hell when she stubs her toes on the cases stacked in the walk-in closet.


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: Mr Red
Date: 14 Dec 17 - 05:15 PM

If you can't open the door without knocking one over, you past the threshold!

I have 2 Bodhrans, is that too many? They are red






ducks back under the radar after lobbing a feed line.


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 14 Dec 17 - 06:13 PM

No, two bodhrans are not too many. My wife has three: a great sounding non-tunable for when the humidity is ideal, a decent tunable for when the humidity is not so ideal, an all-synthetic Remo that doesn't sound real great but can be played in a steam room if one is so inclined.


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: GUEST,matt milton
Date: 14 Dec 17 - 06:16 PM

I did at one point have three acoustic guitars. But I've now only got one. Recording King ROS616 (all-solid mahogany 12 frets to body, wide nut spacing). Sounds great, and really good ergonomically for fingerstyle playing. The other two guitars I had just didn't sound anywhere near as good, so there was simply no point having them.

I occasionally try out various guitars in guitar shops but never find any I like as much, either for sound or playability. That includes luthier-made guitars that other guitarists get all orgasmic over.

I don't get it actually, I've played Lowdens, all sorts, and they've all pretty much left me cold. I like the sound of "blues boxes", medium-small body guitars. I've always preferred mahogany and spruce to rosewood.

If money were no object, I'd like to own a Maccaferri-style D-hole gypsy jazz guitar. I like their sound and playability. I've also got a lot of curiosity for some of the wide-nut cheap Harley Benton guitars that Thomann sell (some of which have a 48mm nut, which is right up my street). But really, all I "need" is another one of the Recording King guitars I already have, in case it ever gets smashed or something.

Martin Carthy has two guitars; that's all. If it's good enough for him...


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: Will Fly
Date: 15 Dec 17 - 03:32 AM

Martin C tends to produce one kind of sound wherever he performs, and therefore one or two guitars may well suffice. If you play a wider variety of musical genres in a wider variety of venues, then a selection of different instruments with different characteristics may be essential.

I love my 00 model small-bodied guitar - custom made for me with cocobolo back & sides, slotted headstock, etc. - but I wouldn't thrash away at rock'n roll on it in a packed pub.


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: Mr Red
Date: 15 Dec 17 - 03:34 AM

Martin Carthy goes everywhere by public transport.

How many arms does he need?

AND how many tunings does he need?


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: GUEST,matt milton
Date: 15 Dec 17 - 05:24 AM

oh I do have an electric too - a Squier Jagmaster. Haven't touched it in years cos I don't play rock anymore. My acoustic serves any folk gig I'd conceivably need to play, and is fine with a microphone in front of it if it's a larger venue; my electric would do if I ever needed to play in a band situation again.


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 15 Dec 17 - 08:51 AM

"Hello, I'm an electric guitar and I can only be used to play loud rock."

nah.. the world's moved on and become far more complex and interesting since the 1970's...
Electric guitars are probably the most versatile instrument ever,
even more so now with small portable body wearable battery powered speakers....

Cue parody of "Little White Bull" addressing self esteem and identity issues still endured by electric guitars in the world of folk music....


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: GUEST,Some bloke
Date: 15 Dec 17 - 10:13 AM

Interestingly, as I type I notice I am wearing a t shirt with " I have too many guitars


Said no one, ever."

For gigging, one in standard tuning, one in open D and / or DADGAD and a baritone (usually A modal tuning.)

But from a choice of less than 20, to be fair.   I started collecting and am whittling it down now as I think they should be played not stored.   

Friends who started playing later in life and are still learning tend to buy lots of them and flatter me by admiring my playing. I appreciate their kind comments but point out that thirty years with one guitar helps get you to a decent level. A different neck each time you pick one up won't have you stealing gigs from Martin Simpson any time soon.

I was sound engineer for Wizz Jones earlier this year at a gig. His Epiphone is the same one for over fifty years and his "distinctive" sound is courtesy of a sticky back cheap mic pickup he bought in 1964....It wasn't difficult to soundcheck him....


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: Will Fly
Date: 15 Dec 17 - 10:39 AM

Wizz plays an Epiphone Texan from around '63. I bought exactly the same model in 1966 (second hand), and traded it in 40 years later. It was a great guitar in its heyday but, as some cedar top guitars do, mine faded and lost its tone. Anyway, it was my one and only guitar for quite a few years - fitted with my 1960s DeArmond pickup.


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: GUEST,Jim Knowledge
Date: 15 Dec 17 - 11:07 AM

I `ad that Lennie Styles in my cab the other day. I bought my guitar from `im when `e `ad a music shop in Lewisham. `e looked well dapper and prosperous.
I said, "Morning Len. `ave you seen on that Mudcat they`re all talking about `ow many guitars a bloke should `ave? You should `ave some idea, being in the business and all."
`e said, "Well Jim. I recall they`d come in and say "I wanna sound like Donovan or Dylan" or whoever so I convinced `em that they needed a different guitar for all their fancies. They`d buy two or three at a time, different models, and go away `appy as sandboys."
I said, " That was a nice little earner!"
`e said , "That`s not the `alf of it, Jim. I once `ad a bloke `oo wanted to sound like The Preston Guitar Orchestra. I shifted fifteen in one `it. I sold up and retired soon after!"


Whaddam I Like??


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: GUEST,Some bloke
Date: 17 Dec 17 - 04:43 AM

Interestingly Will, I have a pedal which I can download patches for and out of curiosity, after working with him, I put in a patch called Wizz.   If it wasn't for knowing what it was emulating, I'd dismiss it as shallow, muffled and cutting out the top.   

It also takes Wizz to pull it off.... A bit like my petit bouche sounds flat and all middle, but that's jazz.....


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: Will Fly
Date: 17 Dec 17 - 05:36 AM

Shallow, muffled and cutting out the top exactly describes my Texan before I traded it. My luthier mate Ian (Chsholm) once owned a cedar top Gibson J45 - the more expensive cousin to the Epiphone Texan - and sold it for precisely the same reasons.

He uses spruce of various persuasions - Sitka, Engelmann, etc. - for his constructions.

Interesting comment from Matt above on trying out guitars in shops. There's often a problem in playing new guitars that haven't woken up. My Chisholm 00 was very "dry" when I first acquired it but, month by month as I played it in, it grew demonstrably warmer and louder, until it now sounds as full as can be. Lowdens are a case in point. I've tried new ones and s/h ones and, without exception, the s/h ones were utterly reponsive - full of projection even at low volume.


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: Mr Red
Date: 18 Dec 17 - 04:47 AM

Guitars that play in.

Hmmmmm..........

I just wonder how much habituation has been going on.

I always remember the advert for Quad amplifiers (remember them?). They printed a discourse about a magazine reviewer who thought it had a dip in the mid range. They took it back and checked, found nothing. The reviewer insisted, so they borrowed his Dennon (?) and found it had a lift in the range he reported. Conclusion - he was attuned to his own equipment and anything new reflected his unconscious expectations.

The human brain is "an wondrous machine", yet it can be fooled by its own brilliance. But not mine of course!   ;-)


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: Will Fly
Date: 18 Dec 17 - 06:18 AM

The proof is in the recordings. My tenor guitar was first recorded in 2009, just after I bought. Sweet, but very dry. Recordings over the years - made with the same equipment - reveal the change in tone.


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: Will Fly
Date: 18 Dec 17 - 06:27 AM

My old friend Michael, restorer and seller of violins in Storrington, West Sussex (now retired) had a vibrating cradle for new instruments, which hung from the ceiling in his back room workshop. Its purpose was to do, in around three weeks, what would normally be achieved by playing over a much longer period of time - namely make the instrument wake up.


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: GUEST,Modette
Date: 18 Dec 17 - 12:10 PM

It's a man thing, isn't it? I do have a woman friend who has three guitars, but one's a 12-string and another's set up in open tuning.


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: banjoman
Date: 19 Dec 17 - 06:11 AM

This thread made me start counting:
1 Lakewood circa 1978
1 Taylor Circa 2010
1 Ovation Folklore circa 1982
1 Yamaha Classical - 2004
1 National Resonator - 1978
1 Gold Tone Long Neck Banjo 2009
1 Gold Tone Kit Banjo 1996
I Orange tone Banjo 2009
I Grimshaw banjo - circa 1930 but currently in bits under refurbishment
Several banjos (5) I made myself
1 Bouzouki 1980
2 Nylon String classical guitars from about 1970
That's not counting the guitars which my son has at home and my wife's collection of whistles, recorders and woodwind instruments
All the above are played from time to time except now as I have just had Carpal Tunnel Surgery on my left wrist and out of action for a while


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: leeneia
Date: 19 Dec 17 - 10:26 AM

I have three - the one that sounds good, the one that's easy to play, and the one that's easy to carry.

Recorders, now. You can never have enough recorders. I have approx. 28.


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: GUEST,Mark Bluemel
Date: 19 Dec 17 - 10:40 AM

There was a guy used to come to the folk club at Nottingham Uni when I was there (40 years ago) who wore an army-surplus jacket with an apparently infinite number of pockets, each of which held a penny whistle in a specific key.


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: Mr Red
Date: 20 Dec 17 - 04:49 AM

where was the G whistle? :0)

vibrating cradle for new instruments
Yea, sure, Martin Guitars reputedly did that with loudspeakers, but ask any guitar buyer - they vary considerably. And the Stradavarius museum in Italy play all their intstruments regularly, presumably in rotation.

I find listening to Radio4 on long wave distinctly muffled and that started when I listened regularly on FM, and now DAB, yet I could hear it clearly before. Another anomaly was when an engineer rang in to tell me he couldn't make it to work and I struggled to place the Black Country accent. The context gave it to me, but when hearing him face to face his turban somehow gave him a distinct Indian accent. How many times have we tried to decipher vocal gibberish, only to get it once we know what is being said? Ladies and Gentlemen - I give you Mondegreens.

Go figure - I have, habituation. And it doesn't prevent me being fooled next time - I know.

The brain/eye/ear/sensory nerves processing is a wonder to behold, and a caution to be carried.

Of course the way an instrument is played, held, and the room are always the same, never evolve as we accommodate? Exactly? Strings?

I know one guy who is forever on a quest for another guitar. Any music shop of worth (eg Exeter during Sidmouth week) get his attention. I joke with him, but he insists the one he drools over is played by a professional musician, who is never going to sell. And who's technique is probably rather special too. For some it is better to travel hopefully than to ..................
But then he has found a way of satiating the urge to experience a roomfull of guitars without being cluttered and burdened. His one guitar is a Martin. And like me, probably, when faced with confusing choices .................. doesn't.


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: banjoman
Date: 20 Dec 17 - 06:54 AM

I forgot to add my two Washburn 12 stringers. Also hoping to have the stitches removed in next day or so as I ant to play over Christmas if I can


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: Jack Campin
Date: 20 Dec 17 - 07:19 AM

Recorders, now. You can never have enough recorders. I have approx. 28.

I've got more than 50 and less than 100. Couldn't get closer than that. About 40 ocarinas.

Had a (nylon acoustic) guitar for a few weeks and gave it to a charity shop. I can't get on with fretted chord things.

On the other hand I have two cümbüşes in different tunings, an oud, a cobza, a Turkish classical tanbur, a cümbüş-mandolin kept in Arabic violin tuning and an Afghan/Kashmiri rubab I must round to fixing up over the holidays.


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 20 Dec 17 - 11:04 AM

One of my more rational excuses for owning so many guitars,
is the practical convenience of having specific instruments permanently set up and intonated in alternative stringing and tuning.
Ready at hand for home project studio recording.

Late last night I devised 2 more arrangements...
one being a 5 string tuning [or it could be 6 - depends..] for power chords,
and another a 2 string tuning for ebow & bottleneck...

So that takes care of 2 good quality cheap Gibson copies.


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: Murpholly
Date: 20 Dec 17 - 02:31 PM

The fella only has two guitars, two piano accordians, on button accordian, one melodian, one concertina, one banjo, one tenor banjo, one picobanjo, one mandolin, one bodhurn, one shaman drum, one violin, one northumbrian pipes, one bag pipes, one piano, one jews harp, too many mouth organs, uncountable whistles, and I give up. Thank goodness the music room is downstairs and I can live upstair!


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Subject: RE: How Many Guitars...Is Enough??
From: GUEST,Ellen Vannin
Date: 23 Dec 17 - 03:25 AM

Someone asked if it's a man thing.

It isn't.


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