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Old 02-08-2018, 08:36 PM
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Of all the guitars that I have owned over the years only one has a name. My 1981 Martin D-35's name is Jessie.
I've owned many guitars but I never named one until I got Bill
in honor of one of the greatest luthiers who ever lived.
I don't talk to it or treat it like a pet but it talks to me when I caress it
in my arms while running my fingers though its strings.
I carry it almost everywhere in its humidity controlled case.

Naming something should make it personal and/or special.

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Old 02-08-2018, 08:56 PM
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Old 02-08-2018, 09:01 PM
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"Poopsie"?

Mmmm, no, not to such an endearing (?) extent, anyway. I know this'll get me some flack (as usual) but I did name a very nice Breedlove concert "Gibson."
You are only jealous because you didn't think of it first. Poopsie is a freaking awesome name for her.

That was fun. Let's do it again sometime.
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Old 02-08-2018, 09:39 PM
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Naming something should make it personal and/or special.
Guitars aren't special. It's the music they produce that is special. It's a tool, that's all. I don't name, them or bond with them. They aren't my friend either.
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I get it that others feel differently, but I do not think of my guitars as people, or as having human personalities or other qualities that would lead me to think of them by name. It's a practice I do not understand. I can see why a black Strat might be "Blackie," which is a name but not really a person's name. Most of the great players I know do not give their guitars human names, with the notable exception of BB King and "Lucille." My '36 Gibson's name os "my old Gibson," and I refer to my SG as "my SG." Maybe it's my own personal limitation, but I think of my guitars as things.
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I call people names
I was taught, when I was a little boy, that it is not nice to call people names.
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My guitars most definitely have names. In fact it is my wife who has the responsibility of naming them. I play them and she names them....what a deal

Furch D33LR - Sunny (for her sunburst Finnish)
Furch D32LR - FBG (Fat Bottom GIRL)
Martin D-18 - Plan Jane
Lowden D22 - woody
Voyage Air - Birdie
Rainsong - Man of steel
Tocama Pappose - Tiny Tina
Fender strat - Killer

And a NGD special - Furch D25SR - I think we're gonna go with Bella, for her bell like resonance.
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Guitars aren't special. It's the music they produce that is special. It's a tool, that's all. I don't name, them or bond with them. They aren't my friend either.
You are a very serious musician. I can see that. LOL
I'm curious, when did the fun of it leave you?
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Old 02-08-2018, 10:24 PM
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I've owned many guitars but I never named one until I got Bill
in honor of one of the greatest luthiers who ever lived.
I don't talk to it or treat it like a pet but it talks to me when I caress it
in my arms while running my fingers though its strings.
I carry it almost everywhere in its humidity controlled case.

Naming something should make it personal and/or special.

^^^This guy knows how to have fun. It hasn't left him yet.

Many of us still do it for fun. Thanks for the responses.

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My guitars most definitely have names. If fact it is my wife who has the responsibility of naming them. I play them and she names them....what a deal

Furch D33LR - Sunny (for her sunburst Finnish)
Furch D32LR - FTB (Fat Bottom GIRL)
Martin D-18 - Plan Jane
Lowden D22 - woody
Voyage Air - Birdie
Rainsong - Man of steel
Tocama Papposes - Tiny Tina
Fender strat - Killer

And a NGD special - Furch D25SR - I think we're gonna go with Bella, for her bell like resonance.
Good man!
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In early 1969 I bought Guild AE-176. Named it Clancy's Big Gun, after a friend's Irish Setter.

There's a picture of it in Hans' book.

No names before or since.
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I started naming my guitars in High School (around 1973 or so) and continued up until around 2 years ago. I then started buying and selling several and lost track of the names

At the risk of sounding sexist, I always chose female names. It just seemed right since I wrap my arms around them as I played them... Ok, that sounded better in my head.

Any way, yes I used to but not so much any more.
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Old 02-08-2018, 11:13 PM
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Guitars aren't special. It's the music they produce that is special. It's a tool, that's all. I don't name, them or bond with them. They aren't my friend either.
Sounds kind of sad.

My guitars have names. I spend a lot of time expressing myself on them. They're just wood, but they're personal.

My track cars have names. I spent a lot of scary time in them, trying to feel how the tires are doing. They're metal, but they're personal.

Nothing wrong with feeling close to a well built Santa Cruz or Porsche. You're ultimately relating to the passionate builders of those inanimate objects.
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I have a Gibson J15 I bought a few weeks after my mum died, aged 99. I decided that one would get her name, Nell, and had a special truss rod cover made. It's the only guitar I have that does have a name other than the model name, of course.
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Old 02-09-2018, 04:41 AM
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Guitars aren't special.
I don't name each guitar, but they're ALL special!
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Old 02-09-2018, 04:50 AM
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Frankly I would feel embarrassed telling someone an inanimate object was called 'Betty', or whatever. I can see them now, backing slowly away...
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