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Justifying Multiple Guitars

MK 22 Mar 00 - 07:06 PM
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Subject: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: MK
Date: 22 Mar 00 - 07:06 PM

I know that true ''guitar nerds'' will be able to relate.

I openly confess that I have a moderate case of G.A.S. (guitar acquisition syndrome --for the un-initiated).

I cannot seem to help myself...but I have managed to temper it because a while back, my G.A.S. problem brought me perilously close to the brink of bancruptcy, and stressed me out considerably in the process.

Currently I have 5 acoustics...an older vintage D-28, a newer custom D-42, a OOO-28EC (on consignment), an older M-38, and a Collings OM. I still want to get an older vintage D-18, and perhaps an older vintage OOO-28.

Everytime I bring a new acquisition home, my significant other gets extremely upset, and says ''What the hell do you need all these guitars for?''...and my stock answer is always...''You just don't understand.''

Each one is like a different personality, and I can do things on one that I can't on others, or I require a specific sound for whatever recording project I'm working on.''

But the actual fact is I'm in love with the whole aura about them....and enjoy holding them, starring at them, and playing them.

WHY?

- Mid life crisis?
- Not breast fed as a child?
- Viagara pills not working?
- They're always ready for me, unlike my wife
- Like a pet, they give un-conditional love
- All of the above?
- None of the above>

(I could go on and on...)

Anyone else here relate?

How do you justify it to your significant other or non musicians?

Is there a cure....besides bankcrupcy,homelessness or death?

H E L P !


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: SeanM
Date: 22 Mar 00 - 07:16 PM

Michael K, don't give up hope. I'm officialy a partial victim of Whistle Acquisition Syndrome. I'm almost over it at the moment, with only 6 (and only 2 in D!), but at one point had 12 - and I know people with 20 or 30.

You're amongst friends - hell, I've got a guitar, and don't even play. I just like having it there... 'cause some day I'll figure it all out...

M


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 22 Mar 00 - 07:32 PM

I ran into someone with a full range of mouth organs in all keys strapped to his waist. He could hardly walk. Played everything in G and D anyway.


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Froodo
Date: 22 Mar 00 - 07:44 PM

I too am addicted to acquiring guitars. I play 'em. Look at 'em sittin all purdy on their stands. I polish 'em. Take pictures of 'em. I love 'em.

I'm glad to be with similar folk in the mudcat.


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Amos
Date: 22 Mar 00 - 08:03 PM

Mikey, lad, I understand...I have three and if I could afford it I'd have three more. But I know the answer to your question. It's (b) -- the breast thing. How would I know? Because breasts are always the best possible answer to almost everything. :>))!


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Midchuck
Date: 22 Mar 00 - 08:32 PM

If your conscience bothers you about the multiple guitars, sign onto my favorite hangout, the flatpick list. It's a great support group - although no effort is made to cure, or even control the problem. Only cure the guilt.

I have no problems with my significant other about multiple guitars because (a) she has fiddles like I have guitars, and (b) we agree that gig money is for toys and day job money is for necessities. But you can always find a weakness to attack. Many guys with several guitars have wives who spend more on clothes. Or you can simply point out that you don't use drugs or drink or smoke much (unless you do, that is).

But maybe I ought not to go into the marriage counseling business.

Peter.


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Sorcha
Date: 22 Mar 00 - 08:33 PM

Mine's not guitars, but fiddles. I only have 3 now, sold my 3/4 last week cause I knew I'd never play it again. But that doesn't explain why I have all these things I will never play--banjo, fife, broken bouzki, etc. Gotta be breasts, huh Amos?


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Áine
Date: 22 Mar 00 - 08:38 PM

Fortunately, my dear hubby and I share the same passion for the wonderful 6-string instrument. So, no arguments over getting a guitar, just who gets to play it! And don't even mention the squabbles over picks and straps (hehehe)! However, he has still to consent to letting a banjo in the house -- however, I think I have him talked into a mandolin in the next year or so . . .

Sean M. -- I, too, am a sufferer of WAS. I won't confess to how many I have, but now I've branched into flutes and recorders. Mostly, though, I'm getting them purely (yea, right) for the particulary "ambience" they lend to a particular song . . . and I've got a bridge I wanna sell ya . . .

-- Áine


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: rangeroger
Date: 22 Mar 00 - 08:51 PM

I can definitely relate.I have 4 guitars,a banjo, mountain dulcimer,mandolin a 2 fiddles.I agree about each of the guitars having a different personality and sound.
I am currently awaiting delivery of an electric bass guitar,which I hope to learn to play. After that I vowed that no matter how hard times got I wouldn't sell any more musical instruments,I would sell my guns instead.I can go out and earn money with a guitar,if I try it with a gun I go to jail.
rr


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: rangeroger
Date: 22 Mar 00 - 09:13 PM

I can definitely relate.I have 4 guitars,a banjo, mountain dulcimer,mandolin a 2 fiddles.I agree about each of the guitars having a different personality and sound.
I am currently awaiting delivery of an electric bass guitar,which I hope to learn to play. After that I vowed that no matter how hard times got I wouldn't sell any more musical instruments,I would sell my guns instead.I can go out and earn money with a guitar,if I try it with a gun I go to jail.
rr


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: rangeroger
Date: 22 Mar 00 - 09:19 PM

Sorry about the double post,my first one left the middle portion out,and now I see the second one did too.
What I said was that when I moved to Idaho,I met some pretty hard financial times.I sold a beautiful Gibson Les Paul Custom for less than I paid for it,which was also considerably less than what I paid for it.
Now back to my previous 2 posts which are(again) still in progress.
rr


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Gary T
Date: 22 Mar 00 - 10:08 PM

Patrick McManus wrote some delightful humor columns for an outdoors sporting magazine (Field & Stream?), which are collected into various books. One of the columns, in one of the books (sorry--they're packed in some box somewhere) is about justifying and sneakily adding to his collection of guns (hunting rifles). It's a riot, and while reading it I saw major parallels to my guitar collection (only 3). You can probably find his books at most bookstores, and they're worth buying. The column I have in mind will also give you some great, off-the-wall tips on overcoming resistance to the growing collection.


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Caitrin
Date: 22 Mar 00 - 10:12 PM

Someday, I will be able to afford GAS. I must! Right now, there are four guitars in my house, and none are mine.


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: catspaw49
Date: 22 Mar 00 - 10:18 PM

Hey Double r.......I think you DO have PAS......Post Acquisition Syndrome.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: murray@mpce.mq.edu.au
Date: 22 Mar 00 - 10:19 PM

I always thought "GAS" stood for Gear A-cquisition S-yndrome. In which case just about all of the posters have it. There is no cure. I have managed to control mine by buying little things when I get an urge for a new guitar--tuning forks, tuners, new strings to try out, etc. This, unfortunately only gives temporary relief and the danger of a relapse is always nearby.

I had a friend who was a photographer and got got GAS in my sence. He opened up a used/vintage camera shop and never looked back. During the slump of the 80s when all photographers were going broke here in Sydney, he was sitting pretty.

Maybe, as Blind Blake and/or Blind Willie McTell say: "That'll never happen no more.

Murray


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: catspaw49
Date: 22 Mar 00 - 10:25 PM

Say Murray......Thinking of gear.....How's the testing coming along on the "Amish Australian Pitchfork Moustache Tuner, Gordon Bok Special Edition?" I'm ready to go with a great ad campaign here.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Mbo
Date: 22 Mar 00 - 10:25 PM

I have 4 guitars--one steel string, 2 practice classical guitars, and my performance guitar. I love 'em all.

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: The Beanster
Date: 22 Mar 00 - 10:28 PM

This is too funny because although I am not the guilty party here, I have a close friend who has a slight...compulsion, shall we say, to buy, trade and then re-trade and re-buy guitar after guitar after guitar. Has 5 very nice ones at the moment, but I never know when the beast will rear it's ugly head again and off one will go, only to be replaced by another--or two. He says he can stop anytime, says, "Yeah, but this is really the last one, this time." Next thing you know, I catch him sneaking peeks into a catalogue again or on the phone with someone in Texas or Michigan or somewhere, wheeling and dealing about another Collings. lolol But Midchuck, I think you're right. I keep telling him it's his ONLY vice--so go ahead and DO it!!


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Ebbie
Date: 22 Mar 00 - 10:37 PM

I have a large home and one day a fiddler friend who is doing some serious house remodeling called and asked if he could bring some of his instruments to me to store until his house is finished. He brought: 1 balalaika, 4 mandolins, 4 banjos, 8 guitars and 22 fiddles.


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: ddw
Date: 22 Mar 00 - 10:53 PM

This hits home. I've got three guitars, two autoharps, a piano, God knows how many harmonicas. My trouble'n'strife thinks I'm nuts. I try to explain to her that one guitar (my '63 Guild D-40) is special and I won't A) take it out in nasty weather or B) but holes in it to put in a pickup. The Palmer is OK, but I bought it as a beater just a few months before I won my Cort in a raffle. I put pickups in both, so I can go on stage with two wired guitars, one tuned standard and one for bottlenecking.

She grumbles, but accepts that — along with my explanation that I tune the autoharps differently to give me a wider range of keys I can play in.

What she doesn't understand is why I would love to have a 9-string, a 12-string and (most of all) a National Steel.

I've finally resorted to "It's a picker thing — you wouldn't understand."

david


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 22 Mar 00 - 10:57 PM

Michael K, I can see no justification for you owning so many guitars and can this condition is causing you a lot of stress. If you like, you can send some to me and I will split the burden with you.

Jon


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Kelida
Date: 22 Mar 00 - 11:21 PM

I'm 17, and I own 1 acoustic guitar, 1 keyboard (that I can't really play, but is an expensive piece), 2 clarinets (my beloved first instrument, and a performance instrument--hopefully I'll be getting a G-tuned Clarinet soon), a beautiful hand-made whistle, a cheap fife, a pennywhistle, a wooden flute of some kind (?), and probably a couple other miscelaneous instruments that I can't think of off the top of my head. I'm also planning on buying a bodhran and a cittern when I get enough money. At least you've limited your syndrome to guitars--if I had more money (or didn't need my car), I'd have even more instruments that I can't play. I do believe that there is just something about musical instruments that is fascinating to some people. I just like to look at them and hold them and sleep with them (like stuffed animals). . . I also have the same problem with art supplies, although I can use most art stuff, while the only instrument that I'm truly proficient on is the clarinet. Hey, it happens. You should just enjoy your music as long as it isn't interfering with the rest of your finances. . .


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Mbo
Date: 22 Mar 00 - 11:26 PM

Oops, forgot...5 guitars...forgot the AMAZING MUDCAT GUITAR! Oh, yeah, 2 keyboards, a fiddle, a recorder, a Highland Pipe practice chanter, a kalimba, and a cheap pennywhistle. Man, how I want a cello! --Mbo


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: catspaw49
Date: 22 Mar 00 - 11:27 PM

Hi Kelida......Selmer, Buffet, or what?

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Kelida
Date: 22 Mar 00 - 11:33 PM

Also, for anyone who loves historical and rare/cool instruments check out Lark in the Morning at: http://www.larkinam.com or Triskelion Folk Music at: HTTP://renaissance-faire.com/shop/Triskelion.htm

Lark in the Morning has a huge selection of traditional instruments and some really cool stuff (check out the Harp Guitar!)


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: JamesJim
Date: 22 Mar 00 - 11:39 PM

I never try to justify the acquistion of musical instruments. No doubt they are like mermaids to sailers. I propose that God taught man to reproduce heavenly sounds by using common earthly goods of his creation. It gives us mortals great pleasure to play the music of angels (well, it may not sound too good to us, but God appreciates both the sound and the effort). I figure just having them around to look at, brings us closer to our Maker. So, we buy them, trade for them or heaven forbid, steal them. All of this is an effort to get closer to God. Now then, to pick them up and play them somehow makes us divine. As our old friend John Denver would say - "Far Out!" I've never used this excuse, but it a spirtual answer to a difficult question. Jim


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Sorcha
Date: 22 Mar 00 - 11:47 PM

WARNING!!!
No one with IAS should ever see a Lark in the Morning catalog! I want a hurdy gurdy, a psaltry, a set of Uilliean pipesthaticouldneverlearnto play, and Oh never mind. It is probably the debil in my modem!


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Kelida
Date: 22 Mar 00 - 11:51 PM

Lark in the Morning is my paradise. Now if only Borders Books, Lark in the Morning, Subway, and a really great art supply store would join forces and create a superstore--I could live there forever. . .


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: rangeroger
Date: 23 Mar 00 - 12:15 AM

Kelida M:
I was wondering how much of a mess it makes when you sleep with your art supplies?
rr


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Mbo
Date: 23 Mar 00 - 12:25 AM

It's VERY messy. Have you ever slept with a bottle of asphaltum?

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: MK
Date: 23 Mar 00 - 12:38 AM

When I gigged professionally (as a keyboard player) a lot of ''toys'' were acquired....some of which are in my home studio..others are in the garage covered and gathering dust. Things like Bose 802 speakers, Carvin stereo power amp, assorted monitors, mixers, drum machines, effects pedals, a Mini Moog, an Arp Odyssey, a Horner Clavinet, a Fender Rhodes, a Univox Mini-Korg, a Prophet 10, and other assorted doo dads.. I won't sell any of them because they're not worth anything right now (unless there is a market for nostalgia equipment that I don't know about) and the other reason is that I am by nature a pack-rat. I never seem to be able to throw anything away...except failed relationships and roaches (non insect). *BG*

I was working on a recording project a couple of weeks ago, trying to find just the right sound to add as a colouring for a tune, and none of the samples and banks of sound cards from my Korg M1 would yield it. Then I remembered that great DX-7 harmonica sound that Turner Turner had on ''What's Love Got To Do With It"..and flashed on the fact that I had a DX-7 in the garage...where it's been quiety sitting for about 10 years. Brought it in the house, took it out of its case, and fired it up (worked perfectly), found the harmonica sound, a voila, completed the tune. I guess I keep this other stuff around for just such an instance.

With the guitars....it's different. I don't gig on guitar, hell I don't even perform publicly except in the company of Mr. Fielding at a weekly lesson...yet these instruments compel me and I feel an intimate connection with them, more so than even with the keyboard and I've been playing piano all my life (40+ years) and guitar only for 2 or 3...Good thing is, is that if I should ever decide to put a blue grass band together (something I'm toying with doing down the road) I have the p.a. and all necessary equipment.

By the way, there are no garage sales planned in the near future.   8-)


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: ceitagh
Date: 23 Mar 00 - 12:46 AM

I'm up to 7 pennywhistles and 3 or 4 other whistles (reed, etc....) and one guitar, which i will probably never learn to play. And a flute. I can just imagine where i'll be in another 3 or 4 years...

pax ceit


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Callie
Date: 23 Mar 00 - 12:51 AM

Oh wow - I thought I was a lone sufferer. Like Beanster's friend, i have been buying/selling/trading etc guitars for years. But now I think I have found the perfect guitar - a lovely black acoustic/electric cutaway Takemine.

I knew my problem was manifesting itself publicly when I took two guitars to a festival (and a bodhran and recorder). I DID leave the clarinet, sax, keyboard, african drum at home - no room in the car.

I'm contemplating a fiddle next - it would kinda fill that gap a little.

--Callie

ps: some guitar shops have a fantastic range of picks. I can never resist. The latest grab has a surfing alien and the face of jesus christ (plastic jesus!)


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Mbo
Date: 23 Mar 00 - 12:52 AM

Probably doin' better and better musical things, Ceit! 4 years...wow, I might be married by then...weird, well I'll make sure our house is FULL of music!

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: ddw
Date: 23 Mar 00 - 12:54 AM

Lord, Mbo — have you no shame? I mean we can live with you not having any girlfriends and all that, but wouldn't a sheep be better than sleeping with a bottle of asphaltum?

*BG*

david


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: SeanM
Date: 23 Mar 00 - 01:14 AM

Sorry...

Can't resist...

For those of you suffering from GAS, WAS, PAS, IAS or whatever else, do NOT click here under any circumstances.

Lark In The Morning has been known to cause the following side effects amongst Acquisition Syndrome victims:

Sweaty Palms Heavy lifting and carrying strain and perhaps worst of all, Sudden Wallet Implosion Syndrome

You have been warned.

M


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: catspaw49
Date: 23 Mar 00 - 01:24 AM

Michael, have you thought of acquiring an "Amish Australian Pitchfork Moustache Tuner?" They're just the thing and available only thru Fly by Nite Industries.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: MK
Date: 23 Mar 00 - 01:29 AM

...or here...or here...or here...or here...or here...or here...or here...or here.


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: MK
Date: 23 Mar 00 - 01:35 AM

'Spaw....seriously, you should be writing for Leno, Letterman, Larry Sanders and others.

Very funny stuff. *BG*


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Callie
Date: 23 Mar 00 - 01:42 AM

OMIGOD!! What a site!!!! I've chewed my fingernails down to stumps!!!!!

I die!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: BlueJay
Date: 23 Mar 00 - 01:49 AM

My problem is not buying multiple guitars, (though I would if I could afford it), but buying different instruments. I have six string, twelve string and electric guitars, bass, mandolin and autoharp. Various recorders, a kalimba, and a banjo I made payments on and still haven't really learned how to play. I even made a balalaika once, but it sounded like crap so I sold it for five bucks at a garage sale. Plus the piano, (only for my kids). Now all these things add up to real money after a while, and I'm behind on my student loans. What's worse, I'm not setting a good example for my children: my 8 year old daughter, (the one with the piano), has acquired several HARMONICAS, penney whistles and recorders, and seems intent on obtaining a guitar, and my three year old daughter has been exploring the sonic variances of rubber bands. So far, my wife seems unaffected, but I am concerned that if she keeps having to pick up my instruments, ... Is there a specialist at The Neil Young Center For The Terminally Screwed? It's almost midnight, I can't find my capo, and there are NO MUSIC STORES OPEN!


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 23 Mar 00 - 03:50 AM

Well, the Neil Young Center does specialise in treating GAS (or Fielding's Disease as it is known colloquially). Unfortunately, we've not heard from Rick how the treatment worked now he's getting home nursing!
RtS (can't play anything except the one plastic kazoo!)


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: GUEST,murray@mpce.mq.edu.au
Date: 23 Mar 00 - 06:15 AM

Hey Spaw, keep it down until we get the patent!

Now here is the ultimate GAS sufferer's downfall. Not long ago I was sent "The Woodwind & Brasswind International Catalog". In it is a gadget called a "Jim Brock Sax". The body is made of bamboo and it is fingered like a recorder. However it has a saxaphone mouthpiece. It only costs $49 US dollars. I can't bring myself to throw the catalog away, and (burp) I feel an attack of GAS come on every time I look at it. It is downright instrument pornography!

I looked into an octave guitar at Lark some time ago and found two things wrong with them (Lark, that is). First of all, they seemed reluctant to give me any information on the instrument besides what was at the site. For example I asked if one could use normal guitar strings on it (cut down to size) and they answered me that they carry fine strings for the instrument. The other thing was their return policy. It was pretty draconic for a mail-order firm. This was more than a year ago and things might have changed by now.

Murray


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Troll
Date: 23 Mar 00 - 07:34 AM

I have-at last count- 45 guitars (most of which are playable.A few are projects)5 5-string banjos, 3 tenors,3 mandolins,3 fiddles, 1 viola, 1 string bass,2 dobros, 4 celtic harps, 6 electric guitars(my sons) 1 acoustic bass guitar, 1 electric bass, 1 keyboard, and a full rank of recorders from garklein to bass. Some of these are my Wifes' or my sons', but most are mine. Compulsive? Who? Me?

troll who is semi-back

Oh, I forgot. 2 concertinas and a set of parlor pipes


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 23 Mar 00 - 08:29 AM

Damn you Jon Freeman!!! How dare you suggest that Michael K start sending you his instruments! Do you know how much the shipping, insurance and postage to England would be? Sure, he might feel better, but he'd be broke. Besides you'd just cut them up into little tenor banjos. On the other hand, a fine home awaits any or all of these instruments at 1235 Kingston Road. The hooks are on the wall, I've filled the humidifier, and am prepared to negotiate visiting rights.

Make no mistake Michael, you ARE sick! Verrry sick. Your wife is right, and I have it on good authority, is planning on leaving you unless you stop calling your capos and "dampits" SEX TOYS! You're not fooling anyone. I was there. Yes, when I met Duckboots, I too was an acoustic mess. Larrivee, D-28, Epiphone, and more Gibsons than a 19th century fashion magazine! Today I have none of those instruments..and I'm a better man for it.*

Rick (G.A.S. victim)

* I've replaced them with 50 different ones.


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: RichM
Date: 23 Mar 00 - 08:34 AM

Lemme see... 3 6string guitars, 1 classical guitar, 1 12string guitar,1 (early 40's?)electric steel guitar, 3 mandolins, 1 banjo, 1 Upright Bass,1 Electric Bass, 1 Ashbory minielectric bass--which is really neat!-- 2 fiddles, 10 pennywhistles, 1 Recorder, 1 Accordion, unknown quantity of harmonicas, autoharp, zither, tons of shakers and noisemakers,2 guitar amps, 2 bass amps--- and then there's the PA toys

...And I still don't think I have too much! I want bagpipes, and a concertina and a keyboard and a National metal body guitar...

Last is a wife who also plays many of these--and actually encourages me to get more-- SO IT'S NOT MY FAULT!

Rich


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: RichM
Date: 23 Mar 00 - 08:34 AM

Lemme see... 3 6string guitars, 1 classical guitar, 1 12string guitar,1 (early 40's?)electric steel guitar, 3 mandolins, 1 banjo, 1 Upright Bass,1 Electric Bass, 1 Ashbory minielectric bass--which is really neat!-- 2 fiddles, 10 pennywhistles, 1 Recorder, 1 Accordion, unknown quantity of harmonicas, autoharp, zither, tons of shakers and noisemakers,2 guitar amps, 2 bass amps--- and then there's the PA toys

...And I still don't think I have too much! I want bagpipes, and a concertina and a keyboard and a National metal body guitar...

Last is a wife who also plays many of these--and actually encourages me to get more-- SO IT'S NOT MY FAULT!

Rich


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: RichM
Date: 23 Mar 00 - 08:36 AM

Sorry about the double post--my finger twitched twice on "post"...too excited, I guess.

Rich


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Mooh
Date: 23 Mar 00 - 08:47 AM

Various whistles, harmonicas, and electronic gadgets, a busted-up cheapo classical guitar, a Harmony archtop being repaired, a home-made electric bass (Thunderfucker), an upright bass, Harmony flat-top set up for lap-style, A-style mandolin, Stratocaster, Telecaster, two portable keyboards, and what really counts, three hand made personalized Marc Beneteau acoustics. The first is a six-string. "Oh gee Honey, after all these years can't I at least have one top flight guitar?" The second is a 12 string. "Well you know Sweetheart, it sounds alot different, and I am recording now." The third is a baritone. "Hey Sugar, you always said it would be nice if the band had more bass." I want to order another but I might be negotiating a seperation agreement by then. The "Catch 22" is I need her money to help buy more guitars.

Seriously though, so long as I've got an honest reason for owning another guitar I don't get too much flack. I teach guitar lessons, play in a band, back up two traditional singers, have a regular jam, and periodically join rock bands, do "one off" gigs, and church gigs. I would like one or two more 6 strings so that I don't have to keep changing tunings all the time.

It's not as selfish as having a car that never gets driven, a boat that never gets floated, or whatever else we all buy for status or lust or coveting or whatever. Just because I GAS about my workaday tools doesn't make me sick. (I wish all my students came to lessons with acoustics and left their electrics at home too, so I promote the acquisition of more and more guitars...I also would like a couple of guitars to loan out for those times when students are between instruments, or for the underpriveleged among us who need an instrument...) I always get compliments about the SOUND of my guitars at gigs, because I've spent the time and money to provide a variety of guitar tones...pure acoustic tones, not electric. I want guitars because they all sound diferent, some more different than others, but all worthy.

Hey, this has been good therapy! Thanks Mudcatters! Mooh.


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Jeri
Date: 23 Mar 00 - 09:04 AM

Ha - you are all sick! Sick, sick, sick! I don't have one single guitar. I have 4 fiddles (one being fostered by a certain seriously ill individual) 3 banjos, 1 hammered dulcimer, 1 mountain (lap) dulcimer, several tinwhistles, a couple of recorders, 2 kalimbas, 1 mandolin, 1 digerido, a bamboo flute, 2 or 3 sets of bones, harmonicas, and a nose flute. Not one guitar!


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