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Justifying Multiple Guitars

Tim Chesterton 11 Sep 10 - 09:38 AM
MikeL2 28 Aug 10 - 06:17 AM
banjoman 26 Aug 10 - 05:08 AM
Backwoodsman 26 Aug 10 - 02:49 AM
Clontarf83 25 Aug 10 - 11:18 PM
GUEST,Guest from Sanity 25 Aug 10 - 04:05 PM
Bobert 25 Aug 10 - 03:48 PM
Roger in Baltimore 25 Aug 10 - 03:44 PM
Stringsinger 25 Aug 10 - 03:20 PM
GUEST,Guest from Sanity 25 Aug 10 - 12:49 PM
Mooh 29 Jul 10 - 10:21 AM
Bruce MacNeill 29 Jul 10 - 06:14 AM
GUEST,Guest from Sanity 28 Jul 10 - 03:40 PM
GUEST,fogie 28 Jul 10 - 07:13 AM
Midchuck 27 Jul 10 - 09:33 PM
kendall 27 Jul 10 - 06:20 PM
GUEST,999 27 Jul 10 - 06:04 PM
GUEST,leeneia 27 Jul 10 - 05:59 PM
Midchuck 27 Jul 10 - 04:52 PM
Mark Ross 27 Jul 10 - 03:00 PM
GUEST,Russ 27 Jul 10 - 11:56 AM
John P 26 Jul 10 - 04:24 PM
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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Tim Chesterton
Date: 11 Sep 10 - 09:38 AM

Wow - I feel pretty conservative! I only have two. One, my pride and joy, is my Larrivée OM-03E, a simply lovely instrument that I play every day and use for all my gigs. The other is a Seagull S6 Folk with no pickup in it that I keep around for song circles and take on camping holidays and so on.


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: MikeL2
Date: 28 Aug 10 - 06:17 AM

hi

I agree with backwoodsman. If you want to collect guitars ( or anything ) just do it.

Some people collect snails !!!!!

I don't actually go out to collect guitars but over many many years I have acquired several and still have three and I am looking for another.

This time I want a classical guitar as I think it might be easier on my aging fingers than the steel stings are these days.

Cheers

MikeL2


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: banjoman
Date: 26 Aug 10 - 05:08 AM

i early Lakewood, 2 Washburn 12 string, 1 Ovation Folklore, 1Yamaha Classic electric, 1 National , 3 Classical plus several in various stages of repair. Plus about 20 5 string banjos ranging from C to E and I wouldn't part with any of them despite what my wife says. She has a collection of about 100 various whistles & recorders. All these instruments are played at some time or other.
Oh! I forgot the Harp, and the 3 acoustic violins, 1 electric violin, 1 mandolin, 1 bouzouki, and the fretless civil war banjo on the living room wall, and the five harmonicas, jaws harp, stylophone, melodica, and loads more which I have forgotten.


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 26 Aug 10 - 02:49 AM

I don't expect other people to justify their smoking, drinking, expensive holidays, expensive cars, expensive clothes blah-de-blah-de-blah. I don't do/have any of those, and I'm buggered if I'm going to justify having more than one guitar.

My money, my business. End of.


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Clontarf83
Date: 25 Aug 10 - 11:18 PM

I think what matters most is the relationship you build with your guitar. If you play it often and lovingly, your guitar will respond to you. If you own more than two, I'll bet it's like being a bigamist...

The only reason I own two guitars, is I use one for travelling, or for gigs when I can do some open tuning material. I hate retuning in front of an audience, especially when a string snaps.


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: GUEST,Guest from Sanity
Date: 25 Aug 10 - 04:05 PM

1980 Custom made Brazilian Rosewood 'Stratocaster', made by 'Mighty Mite'. It is a left hand body, but strung normally.(I play that way)

1963 Martin D-21, customized neck, with L.R. Baggs pick-up and pre-amp. Flawless!(not a scratch on it!)

Thomsley Sea Turtles(Canadian luthier, who hand made guitars with Jean Paul Larrivee), hardly used, Flawless!

Gibson 335. Flawless!

Larrivee, Presentation Model, circa 1980-81, pristine

1965 Gretsch, Chet Atkins Country Gentleman ......

But then, I have some keyboards, as well......golly shucks,(kicks a pebble)

GfS


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Bobert
Date: 25 Aug 10 - 03:48 PM

I'm down to 6 workin' on four 'cause one of the 6 is at the consignment shop and another is soon to be... That will leave me not quite as conservative as my buddy, Amos, but movin' in that direction...

So, let's do a little inventory:

1. *Washburn ES10* reso with Paul Beard Cone (Google Beard Guitars) and Fishmann pickup...

2. #30 John Lowe designed and built "Lowebow Purgatory" (Google Lowebow) cigar box with 3 electric pickups...

3. The "Back Porch" 5 string slab 'n neck homemade which was the prototype to the geetars used in Danny Glover's movie "The Honeydripper"...

and...

...still being fixed, the mid 60s S. Yairi parlor acoustic... When I get that back my Hohner acoustic goes to the consigment shop, too...

That will leave me with 4...

No, make that 5... I forgot about the 30s Dobro built tenor resonator which will go on ebay when I find someone who knows how to do that kinda stuff... Nice little (and rare) reso but ain't got no balls so it can go!!!

That will leave me with 4 and that's all I need or want... Down from about 15 ten years ago...

B~


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 25 Aug 10 - 03:44 PM

There has been some change for me from my previous post. I have kept my Martin. My Guild twelve was stolen. I tried a cheap substitute, but I did not keep it long, because it was adequate, but not interesting. I went to a store event in the DC suburbs to watch several guitarist touring for Taylor. The store had a sunburst maple 12 on sale because Taylor was changing to the new Expression system. I calle home and asked my wife if I could bring a guitar home and she agreed. It is a beautiful guitar in sound and appearance. I sold the National. I could never really control it. My youngest son kept begging me to go to the second floor bedroom to play it. It was also part of an agreement with the wife to limit the collection. The only other significant guitar is a ladder-braced Michael Hauver 12 string. It is built to be tuned to C or B. That makes quite a tonal difference. So I have three guitars which I play regularly. I still have the Carver, but it is no longer in the bathroom and I seldom travel. So I have a few instruments that mostly gather dust. The right thing to do would be to sell them, but I guess I am too lazy. Maybe when I retire and have more time.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Stringsinger
Date: 25 Aug 10 - 03:20 PM

MK, if you are playing all of these instruments and enjoying them, that's great. Good for you!

The thing I tend to dislike, being a guitar player, is when someone owns a guitar and doesn't play it, just has it around for show.   A lot of "owners" drive up the market by causing the prices for instruments to inflate and they look at the instruments as "investments" without playing them. I think this is not good for those of us who play and enjoy playing our instruments.


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: GUEST,Guest from Sanity
Date: 25 Aug 10 - 12:49 PM

No need to justify multiple guitars at all. What's really pathetic is how some idiots justify multiple husbands and/or wives!!!

GfS


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Mooh
Date: 29 Jul 10 - 10:21 AM

A lot has changed in the ten years since I apparently killed this thread. Though I still have the Beneteaus, I added another, 3 House acoustics, a Cox mandolin to go with the Moon, an electric piano, innumerable electric guitars, and have gone through many electric guitars and basses along the way. It has also contributed to me going full-time as an instructor of private lessons.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Bruce MacNeill
Date: 29 Jul 10 - 06:14 AM

I have 4 currently:

1959 Gibson L7-C which was my first real guitar. Play jazz stuff
Late 80s Alvarez-Yairi CY-116 Classical. Play classical stuff
1991 Gibson ES-165. Play amplified jazz stuff
New Martin DC-16GTE. Medium width neck means I can almost play any style on it amp'd or not which makes it convenient for playing out.

Other than the L7-C my wife bought them for me so I guess I've explained the need enough. Had a 12-string but I gave it to a niece last year because I'm not strong enough to play it anymore anyway.


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: GUEST,Guest from Sanity
Date: 28 Jul 10 - 03:40 PM

Don't feel bad..I used to have 14, now I have four. All serve their purpose...All are rare. All sound extraordinary.

GfS


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: GUEST,fogie
Date: 28 Jul 10 - 07:13 AM

I think the thing to do is buy the very best guitar of every type and sell off all the old ones-or maybe keep one for falling over and lending at sessions. I've got 5 and four basses. Still looking for the ultimate archtop. I rationalised my electrics by buying a top of the range PRS.


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Midchuck
Date: 27 Jul 10 - 09:33 PM

Kendall, you have two things that are too good for you - Jacqui and the 12-string.

I have about half a dozen that are too good for me - Kris and four or five of my guitars.

P.


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: kendall
Date: 27 Jul 10 - 06:20 PM

At my age I don't feel that I have to justify anything I do or buy.

One guitar is just not enough any more than one tool is enough. No 6 string can do what a 12 can, and vice versa. I'm happy with the two I have.


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: GUEST,999
Date: 27 Jul 10 - 06:04 PM

Justifying multiple guitars is like justifying multiple orgasms. Some folks is luckier than others.


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 27 Jul 10 - 05:59 PM

The important thing is, not how many instruments you own, but how many you play.

If you are paying serious money for instruments that just stay in their cases, then you have a problem. Particularly if you are getting them on credit.

Do what I do. Invite friends over and let them play the guitars.


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Midchuck
Date: 27 Jul 10 - 04:52 PM

GUITARS OWNED AS OF JULY, 2010:

1) 2003 Mario Proulx "OM-D." Englemann Spruce top (amberburst); Black Walnut back, sides and neck. Neck was reshaped by Brian Kimsey, the original owner.

2) Late 2002/early 2003 Huss and Dalton CM. Essentially an OM with dreadnought depth and soft cutaway. East Indian Rosewood back and sides, Engelmann Spruce top, Maple binding. Just bought in June, 2010.

3) 2007 Rainsong OM1000. (All carbon fiber.) Purchased new at Elderly, Aug. '07, on Montana trip. My usual "road" guitar for trio gigs and other playing "out."

4) 1996 Collings 000-2H, Sitka/Indian. eBay purchase May, 2002.

5) Alvarez-Yairi Jumbo Baritone Acoustic. Bought new, winter '07.

6) Trinity College Tg-202 12-fret Cutaway 000: Purchased new from Vintage Fret Shop, Ashland, NH, in July, '08. 12-fret (but NOT slothead) 000, with cutaway.Sitka/Rosewood. The top is solid. I believe the back and sides are as well. Kept permanently in DADGAD.

7) "The Loar" LH200 small-body sunburst.

8) "No-name" jumbo 7-string. Sitka and Indian; I think the back and sides are laminates.

9) 1970s Guild D25M. Kept in Bozeman, Mt., to avoid having to fly with a guitar.

10) Guild M20 Reissue (early '00s)

11) Silver Creek T-170 (Spruce/Rosewood OM) Purchased from Musicians Friend, Jan., '10. "Stupid Deal of the Day" - but stupid for whom?

My wife owns a (believed) 1965 Martin 0-18, restored by bigchuck after long-term storage in a hot closet.

My wife also owns five or six fiddles (five here and one in Bozeman, I think), a Knilling "Jazz Bass" (thin-bodied upright bass, works as an acoustic in the living room or amplified for gigs), two autoharps, and a hammered dulcimer. We jointly own a Freshwater octave mandolin that needs some work, now in possession of bigchuck.

How do we do it without being wealthy? We both have always had honest jobs, but have been playing gigs on the side for the last 20 years or so. We have an agreement that each is at liberty to squander his/her gig earnings as he/she pleases. And instruments are the principal vice of both of us.

Peter


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Mark Ross
Date: 27 Jul 10 - 03:00 PM

I have 4 guitars, my OOOO Schmuckler, an Orlando 12 string(set-up Lead Belly style, tuned to B), a Morgan Monroe squareneck resonator, and a cheap classical that resides at She Who Must Be Obeyed's nieces' house for her 9 year old son to play around with. Also, a 1927 Mastertone archtop banjo(converted to 5 string), a couple of mandolins, 3 autoharps, a ukelin, a couple of ukeleles, and God knows how many harmonicas, kazoos, jew's harps, and who knows what else.

Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: GUEST,Russ
Date: 27 Jul 10 - 11:56 AM

A friend of mine is a collector.

His advice: never put all the collected items into one place where your spouse can count them.

Russ (Permanent GUEST)


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: John P
Date: 26 Jul 10 - 04:24 PM

My main guitar is a Lowden. I also have an Art and Lutherie "camping" guitar. And . . .

Washburn electric guitar
Matin tenor guitar
Sobell cittern
Gibson mandolin
oud

I never felt any need for more than one of anything.


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: MissouriMud
Date: 26 Jul 10 - 01:49 PM

I have three main guitars that I use regularly:
1938 Gibson L-00 - newer top done by Gibson (for Old Time and Blues)
1995 Martin D28 (for Bluegrass)
2006 Martin 000-28 Norman Blake (nice finger picking and pretty stuff)

And five secondary ones, that I use (or tinker with) occasionally:
Banged Up mid 1970's Gibson MK 54 for slide,tough bars and bad weather
Cheap 1980s Yamaha 12 String for doing cool 12 string stuff
2005 Manuel Rodriguez Classical (Flamenco)
1995 electric Washburn Stratocaster knock off
$25 "Global" parlor guitar for travel (like a tinny baritone uke)

Plus a 1960 Vega long neck banjo to remind me where and when I started

And yes I want more: its been at over 3 years since I bought the last and its killing me - I almost bought a cheap Dobro resophonic recently (but a National would be better), and that vintage D-45 mentioned above sounds nice, as does a good Gibson Les Paul ....


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Don Firth
Date: 25 Jul 10 - 10:56 PM

Three full-size guitars. Two classics, one, a Juan Alvarez, made in Madrid, and a "Guitarra Artisana," made in Japan and imported by José Oribé of San Diego. The Japanese guitar as actually a bit better than the Spanish-made on.

The flagship of the fleet is a flamenco guitar that I ordered directly from Arcangel Fernandez in Madrid in 1961. Outrageous instrument! It's value has appreciated over the years to the point where I'm almost afraid to take it out of the house!

And I have three travel guitars, two nylon string and one steel string.

And--I keep looking at the Troubadour UK website and drooling over the "Blondel II" cittern-guitar.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Gurney
Date: 25 Jul 10 - 10:45 PM

Didn't this thread strike the wellspring of acquisition!!

I only have 4 guitars, so there, and two of those don't work. One was my baby for more than 50 years, now breaking up, another was almost new but faulty from the luthier, I have one old F-hole that is too tinny-sounding for my taste but it looks delicious, and my new box.

I confess, I've been looking on the web.....


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Amos
Date: 25 Jul 10 - 10:11 PM

I have three--a twelve string, a D-35 and a classical. My god...I think I am a conservative!!


A


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Bounty Hound
Date: 25 Jul 10 - 06:11 PM

Ralph McTell once said, 'a man who knows how many guitars he owns, hasn't got enough'

Words of wisdom!

5 Guitars in the household (7 if you include my son's 2 half size)
2 Bouzoukis
2 Banjos
3 Mandolins
1 Dulcimer
2 Autoharps
and a concertina.

John


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Midchuck
Date: 25 Jul 10 - 04:40 PM

Two interesting things about the revival of this thread:

1) It was revived, as old threads often seem to be, by a spammer. But in this case, the spam was PERFECTLY appropriate to the thread as a whole. You'd almost think the spammer had actually read it.

2) I mentioned, 10 years ago, having 11 guitars. I STILL have 11 guitars, exactly. But, unless I'm missing something, I only still have one guitar that I had then - the Guild D25 from the '70s that I leave out west with the kids so I'll have one to play when I visit without having to haul one on the plane or borrow one from them. And there's quite a bunch that I didn't own then and don't own now, but came and went in the interim.

Peter


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Mooh
Date: 16 Apr 00 - 11:08 PM

My name is Mooh and I'm a guitaraholic. Nine, but who's counting?

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: MK
Date: 16 Apr 00 - 04:58 PM

Well Mooh, I have 4 of them. (3 Martins and a Collings).

The wife has made it very clear that I cannot add to this collection....but...there are two more I want...one being an older (pre-1969) OOO-28 (but not for 9500.00 as mentioned in a previous message here) and a 45 or 50 year old D-18....and I have a feeling that when these come along (and they will), they will end up residing at Rick's where I'll visit them and play them...until I can figure a way to bring 'em home...


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Mooh
Date: 16 Apr 00 - 04:37 PM

MK, I'm glad you said it. My wife doesn't share my fetish and doesn't see how a guitar's curves can be sexy...

Mooh.


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: MK
Date: 16 Apr 00 - 04:34 PM

Mooh......for THAT price, it should not only be an amazing instrument in every aspect, but it should replace my wife, in every aspect.


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Mooh
Date: 16 Apr 00 - 04:26 PM

Michael K, I just crapped myself. That's alot of coin for some well assembled kindling. But I wish it was my kindling with one qualifier. It has to sound good, real good, no, fantastic, no...heavenly. Being of sound mind however (my wife, employer, and doctor might dispute this claim) I'd rather have the cash. The price, heck, the whole concept is nuts.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: MK
Date: 16 Apr 00 - 04:16 PM

By the way, just noticed that Elderly Instruments has a 1942 all original (except for replacement bridge) D-45, for the bargain basement price of $160,000.00 U.S....which translates into approximately $240,000.00 Canadian (where I am).

Pity that it will be snapped up by a foreign (most likely Asian) investor, and that once acquired it will remain in its case, and stored in a vault and for intents and purposes be treated like a museum piece.

(...Perhaps if I sell my house, liquidate all my assets, sign the divorce papers which would be imminent), and camp out in Rick Fielding's back yard.....I just might be able to swing it. *BG*)

(Besides an investor or recording artist, who in their right mind would pay this, for a guitar?)


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Mooh
Date: 14 Apr 00 - 12:57 PM

Howdy-do,

Further to a note above, for the amount of coin required to buy a vintage guitar, I could likely get the guitjo and manjo and octave manjo and acoustic bass and piano and 9 string and tenor guitar and case of cheap wine and mandobass and soprano guitar and bodhran and drum kit and microphones and mixer and cabs and Flying V and true love and world peace and classical guitar and autoharp and squeezebox and 5 string banjo and Marshall stack and Dobro and ... well not in that order necessarily, but ... well let me dream will ya!

I really admire these folk that do it all with one beatup guitar of no real value to anyone else, without driving me or themselves nuts, on the street in some huge city for spare change from passers-by. Not that they mightn' mind a vintage guitar but they prove one can do it without. Passion, need, desire, desperation, and love all have more importance than "vintage".

I still want that D-45.

Peace (and lust), Mooh.


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Bert
Date: 14 Apr 00 - 11:21 AM

Let's see Easy Rider, if I was to buy one now and keep it for fifty years, by then I would be 111.

Now that's an interesting side effect - Buying a new guitar will make you live to a ripe old age!!!

Bert.


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Easy Rider
Date: 14 Apr 00 - 09:49 AM

Mooh, I think you are on the right track. I have played some truly superb prewar Martins, but a couple of the custom, luthier built new guitars I've also played have been just as good and much cheaper. Even the Gibson J-50 I bought new thirty-six years ago is turning into a fine, vintage instrument.

Start your own tradition. Buy the best new instruments and hold them long enough for them to become Vintage collectors items.

( [=O=)===={:::]


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Mooh
Date: 13 Apr 00 - 10:48 PM

I love old guitars, but I don't own any. I discovered that I can get fabulous instruments from individual luthiers, for a fraction of the price. That's right, lots of great guitars don't cost the world. If you're in for it, check out Thompson, Beneteau, Schwartz, Gurian etc... I used to think I was just consoling myself but now I would put any of my guitars up against classic vintage items. Acquired taste or not, nine grand would but three custom guitars of the highest order from my favourite builder. Yes, if I had the coin I'd run out and buy a D-45 just to say I have one, but it's no longer necessary to my GAS.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: kendall
Date: 13 Apr 00 - 10:36 PM

He's nuts!! a whole guitar wouldn't be worth that much, let alone one of those 6 string ukeleles!! P>T> Barnham was right...


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: MK
Date: 13 Apr 00 - 08:46 PM

..speaking of which Rick, I've been in contact with a gentleman in Chicago who claims to have what he terms ''the holy grail'' of Martin OOO-28s. He has a 1948 OOO-28 in 9/10 all original condition, that he says is the best he's played, and that he apparently play 200 40s and 50s OOO-28s before he purchased this one quite a ways back....Says it's never required a neck reset and is perfect, and practically mint condition, with a little amount of laquer checking.

He wants 9500.00 US (which would translate into approximately 13,500.00 CDN.)

I find this price exhorbitant. I've researched this model from this time period, and think a more appropriate range in price would be somewhere between 5,000.00 and 6,500.00 U.S.....since it is not a pre-war Martin.

Others here knowledgable with vintage Martins agree or disagree?

(At $5,000.00 U.S. I'd definitely consider it and jump in my car and drive to Chicago tomorrow, but what he's asking seems ludicrous to me...or am I missing something?)


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Cap't Bob
Date: 13 Apr 00 - 07:43 PM

Most of you appear to be really sick. Michael appears to be on the right track with his list of possible causes of this affliction. You need to look way back into your past to understand why you have accumulated such a large number of musical instruments.

My problem seems to have started way back in kindergarten or first grade and the rhythm band. For some reason when instruments were passed out I always ended up with rhythm sticks. As I sat there on the floor, tapping on a square piece of wood with the sticks, I would dream of playing some of the exotic instruments like the triangle or, best yet, the tambourine. I vowed that when I grew up I would acquire as many instruments as possible and play them whenever I damned well pleased.

Unfortunately there is no known cure for this disorder. In order to get along in society you need to develope logical reasons for each instrument in your collection. I have developed some of the following:

You need a small travel guitar for camping boat trips, etc.
Everyone needs a classical guitar with the wide neck.
Nothing sounds like a Jumbo 12 string.
"Bells of Rhymney" just doesn't sound right on a six string
A vintage instrument is a good financial investment
Etc., Etc., You need to put time into rationalization~~

If you buy an instrument and your wife/husband doesn't know about it you might try a method that I've often used. Place the instrument where just a small portion of it can be seen. Each week or two allow a bit more of the instrument to be exposed. After a while the instrument will be excepted as having always been there. This method may be somewhat difficult with a stand up bass.

Cap't Bob


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Mooh
Date: 13 Apr 00 - 03:27 PM

I listed most of my instruments on some other thread a while ago, so lets talk about what we'd like to get!

An acoustic bass, cittern, a real piano, and drums...

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Bert
Date: 13 Apr 00 - 01:33 PM

Marion, That's a real horror story, sent shivers all down my spine! Worse than anything that Stephen King has written.

You're only recourse is to write a song about it and sing it at every family gathering.

Bert.


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 13 Apr 00 - 11:33 AM

Chuck, the problem is that you must move to a place with bigger closets. Priorities my friend.

Michael K. I appreciate the trust you have in me (vis. instruments) but I think you should consult your wife about the latter.

Actually I'm thinking about "scaling down" a bit, instrument-wise. A few of them are going on the trading block. Anyone interested in an original Maccafferi Plastic arch top in great shape? A Takamine acoustic bass?

Rick


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Wesley S
Date: 13 Apr 00 - 11:26 AM

Marion - If you need someone to hold down your uncle while you horse whip him I'll be happy to volunteer. Let me guess - did he crazy glue the tuning pegs of the fiddle so it would stay in tune?? I don't know whether to laugh or cry. At least my grandfathers fiddle is being taken care of by my brother - he'll take care of it properly. "I feel your pain".


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: tar_heel
Date: 13 Apr 00 - 11:19 AM

EVERYTIME I OPEN MY CLOSET FOR SOMETHING,OUT FALLS THE GUITARS,MANDOLIN,DULCIMER,BASS FIDDLE,BANJO,MUSIC STANDS,MUSICAL STAND HOLDER,SPOUND EQUIPMENT,MICROPHONE STANDS,ETC.,................SO WHAT'S THE PROBLEM HERE? (IN CASE YOU ARE WORRIED,ALL THE INSTRUMENTS ARE IN good PROTECTIVE CASES!!)BUT AGAIN...WHAT'S THE PROBLEM HERE???


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: GUEST,DanD
Date: 13 Apr 00 - 11:13 AM

I guess I started late 'cause I've only got 2 acoustics, a 5 string banjo, a 6 string banjo (too lazy to learn how to play the 5 string) one tin whistle, one chanter, two harmonicas and a few kazoos. But there must be something genetic about it. My son, one electric, the other day said : "Hey Dad, I've been looking at acoustic/electrics..."


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Marion
Date: 13 Apr 00 - 10:35 AM

I don't have IAS - just one guitar, one fiddle and bow, two whistles (in different keys) and one harmonica. In fact, when I bought an instrument and didn't like it, I got rid of it right away (how's that tabor pipe coming along, Chet? Have your neighbours started a petition yet?)

But I am terribly fond of my musical paraphernalia - I have acquired very good cases for my fiddle and guitar, an electronic tuner, metronome, muting clamp, dampit, capo, external mike for my ghettoblaster, shoulder rest, picks I never use, two rosin cakes. Also, I sewed carrying bags for my small instruments, and knotted tails for my fiddle, and embroidered and sewed a guitar strap. Then of course, there's that huge pile of papers with sheet, tab, and chords that I'm going to learn someday.

And Michael K. - I feel your pain concerning people who have instruments they don't deserve. My grandfather and great-grandfather were Quebecois fiddlers, and my grandmother now has their fiddle - a quite nice-sounding one. I am now the only fiddler in the family, and the only person who is passionate about music, so in my mind I have some claim on the fiddle. However, the problem with old heirloom fiddles is that you have to play them with your penis, so I can't inherit it.

I wouldn't be quite so bitter about it if the fiddle were going to one of my male cousins who play electric guitar - at least they have some concept that instruments are precious things and should be played and cared for. Instead, the fiddle is going to my uncle, who doesn't know a note from... well, just about anything. At one point he thought he would try to learn to play it, so he PAINTED frets on the neck. Then to add injury to insult, he CRAZY-GLUED the tuning pegs in place. I don't need to tell you my opinion of this man - I'm sure that last sentence has generated a little instrument rage among Mudcatters.

Marion, the bitter gadget girl


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: Bert
Date: 13 Apr 00 - 10:31 AM

I would like to point out, that as far as acquisition goes "Birthday presents don't count". It's the same rule as "Birthday Cake has no calories".


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Subject: RE: Justifying Multiple Guitars
From: kendall
Date: 12 Apr 00 - 06:23 PM

I'm happy to report that I have gone through, and survived this "phase". I've owned them all from Mossman, to Guild, Gibson, Martin, Ibanez and Yamaha. All I have left is a 1983 Taylor, and a 1974 Apollonio 12 string. The only thing I want now is a good 5 string banjo. It's ironic that now I dont have a wife, and I could hang guitars all over the walls, I no longer want to.


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