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Old 05-04-2019, 08:40 AM
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There is a trend toward minimalism. Lots of books, blogs, even tv shows on the topic:

"Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it. It requires a conscious decision because it is a countercultural lifestyle that stands against the culture of overconsumption that surrounds us.

The world we live in is not friendly to the pursuit of minimalism. Its tendencies and relentless advertising campaigns call us to acquire more, better, faster, and newer. The journey of finding simplicity requires consistent inspiration."

Yet, minimalism is a broadly defined term and looks like/feels like different to different people. For some, that might mean one guitar, for others, the number could be far greater.

So....still no real answer, just an observation and thought on the topic. :-)
Good point. But what about somebody who buys 25 used guitars? Is this like rescuing cats and dogs? Resources are already used
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Old 05-04-2019, 08:41 AM
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I guess the number is different for everyone. I would say let inspiration be your guide, if you have so many guitars that they have become work and no longer provide inspiration to you, then you have too many.

If you go to a store and pick up a guitar and you want it and you can afford it and it provides you with inspiration that you might grow as a musician with it in ways that your current guitars aren't providing you, then you have too few- and you should probably get that guitar.

That number will be different for everyone, so why worry about it? If you don't know yourself well enough to know how many guitars you should have then work on that, the guitars aren't the real problem.
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The question I ask myself when holding a possession in hand:
Do I possess you or do you possess me.
Deliberate on that....

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Old 05-04-2019, 08:55 AM
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I own one acoustic guitar and I arrived there after over 40 years of searching for the “one”. If you haven’t known what that experience is like, you keep searching as I did. When you arrive there you understand why playing any other is time away from the object of your quest.

I understand people who want #2, #3, and others, but that doesn’t appeal to me.
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Old 05-04-2019, 09:35 AM
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If you have to rent a storage space to store your guitars, then you might have too many.

If you find you really want another one, then you may have too few.

If you have so much free time that you worry about how many guitars other people have, you may have a very different problem -
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On my quest for sounds, I almost drew my signature out of this joke :
"How many guitars does it take to make a guy happy ?"
"One more !"

For many years I had a low end dread, then added a classical. Fell in the mid range solid wood soup when I could (barely) afford it. I sometimes sold some, but almost always to continue climbing the hill. I doubt I will go higher than mid range though since it sums up as a huge amount of money (a nice brand new car !?) when you own more than a dozen !
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Very sweet. Thanks for that.
James observes that guitars "wear out," unlike violins, he says. Perhaps that is true of those who play them as well.
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80 might be too many. But I'm not sure yet.
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Old 05-04-2019, 03:06 PM
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I recall reading an article in one of the guit-mags back in the mid/late-70's that asked some top players what instruments a serious all-around guitarist needs as a bare minimum - aside from triggering my lifetime case of GAS, the consensus list looked something like this:
  • Large-body flattop steel-string (dread, MJ, slope D, jumbo)
  • Small-body flattop steel-string (00/000/OM)
  • 12-string dread/MJ/jumbo
  • Nylon-string classical or flamenco
  • Acoustic archtop w/suspended pickup[s] (Gibson Johnny Smith, Guild Artist Award, etc.)
  • Semi-hollow/thinline electric (ES-335/345/355, Guild Starfire, Gretsch 6120, etc.)
  • Strat/Tele or similar solidbody with Fender-style single coils
  • LP/SG or similar solidbody with humbuckers
  • "Niche sound" electric (Danelectro, Rickenbacker, Harmony, Kay, early MIJ, etc.)
  • Solidbody bass guitar (P/J-Bass, Gibson EB-0/EB-3, etc.)
  • Two "specialty" instruments (resonator, banjo, mandolin, bouzouki, electric 12-string, 6-string "tic-tac" bass, etc.)
Works out to an even dozen - and I think it's safe to say that most of us who are in this game for the long haul had/have all the above represented in our collection...
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Depends on you - If you enjoy them and you have a unlimited pile of cash laying around a 100 or more is a small number ( like Jackson Browne or Steve Stills ). For some 3 is Crazy -
Id say 20-25 is about right for most people ( just kidding )
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Depends on you - If you enjoy them and you have a unlimited pile of cash laying around a 100 or more is a small number ( like Jackson Browne or Steve Stills ). For some 3 is Crazy -
Id say 20-25 is about right for most people ( just kidding )
Jackson Browne tells a story about this on his Solo Acoustic live CD. A fellow customer at a guitar repair shop asked him how many guitars he owned. His response was a hesitant, "Well, I really don't know."
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To me it becomes a matter of practicality instead of "music".Storage,string changing,humidification,neglect, depreciation and all the other fussy things involving maintenance.


3 or 4 is a good number.A gigging guitar,
one for serious practice/solo learning etc
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MAYBE a 12 string
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Two nice small bodies is enough for me at the moment. And I feel very fotunate to have the guitars I have. When I retire, now thats a different story altogether!
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This question is like asking, "how long is a piece of string?"
The answer being, "twice as long as half its length".
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