Are you Monogamous?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by liam_66, Sep 27, 2021.

  1. bchaffin72

    bchaffin72 The Wizard next door................

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    I don't know. My wife is a a tele, my girlfriend is a strat, my mistress is a red hot SG, my occasional lovers are a Jazz bass and a P bass, and sometimes I go......................unplugged, so you tell me. :D
     
  2. Dik Ellis

    Dik Ellis Strat-Talker

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  3. Dik Ellis

    Dik Ellis Strat-Talker

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    I like variety, whether it's guitars or amps. I rotate my guitars every couple of weeks, and my amps are all fun, big or small. Each guitar and amp scenario will yield new perspectives, so it works for me. I do have several Strats, but I like other axes just as much.
     
  4. jtoomuch

    jtoomuch Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I have one guitar and one amp. But it's a modeling amp so I have tons of variety. My guitar is perfect for me.
     
  5. Dwightcarr11

    Dwightcarr11 Strat-Talk Member

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    I have 1 strat, 1 les paul, 1 martin, a fender tube amp, a fender solid state amp and a vox tube amp and a vox solid state amp. (With the 15 pedals I have I can get in the ballpark of any sound I'm looking for)!
    I'm a swinger!
     
  6. bmikultyak

    bmikultyak Strat-Talk Member

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    I bought stuff when I was in a group and have two Crate GT500s, two Pignose G40Vs, a Monoprice 5 watt amo (Princeton copy), a Carvin 125 watt SS head and 2-12 inch Jensen Vibratos from '72 in an open back cab. a home built Leslie cabinet which will take any amp to 110W, and two others not worth mentioning.
    It's an addiction but if i were to chose the best loud setup it would be the Crate head with the 2-12s because it has two channels and I can dial in guitar controlled overdrive. At about 15 watts outdoors it was loud.
    If I want something quieter, the Monoprice had great tone with the original tubes replaced with Tung Sol 5751 pre and 6V6gt power tubes. Now it breaks up smoothly, doesn't sound like bees in a can and the guitar can control it very well and has an extension speaker output so I can use the 2-12s.
    In between, the Pignose is 40W, loud, and has a master volume for a good dialed in sound anywhere from the bedroom to a large church and also has an extension speaker jack if I want the 2-12s.
    Looking back, I would have not bought so many amps because the 5 watt amp is loud and it takes 50 watts to get twice the volume.
    The Pignose is a great all around amp designed by Dennis Kager (sp?) from Ampeg so it's a good design.

    As far as guitars, I'm not as redundant. I have 12 string acoustics, an Ibanez Talman solid body electric with SD hot rodded humbuckers, an Agile semi hollow 12 string, and an Epiphone Dot Studio semi hollow with flatwound (jazz) strings. This gives me a variety of sounds to meet any needs and they all are set up great.

    I rarely use pedals anymore and tend to like the Ibanez and the Monoprice for the nice clean tube sound and the pushed overdrive with the better Tung Sol tubes.

    The one really good guitar and one good sounding amp tend to be your best friend when you really get to know them. It just takes too much equipment to figure that out.
     
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  7. Jimbo99

    Jimbo99 Strat-O-Master

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    I rotate among them. For me it wasn't any more expensive than a Fender Player Series MIM & a better tube amp, so I'm good with a starting 5 vs the single rig. The only thing is a few guitars require more maintenance & space. But I do that to have at least a backup instrument & amp.
     
  8. Leofender

    Leofender Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I am a one guitar at a time kinda guy.
    I play one, then play another, but never at the same time. I would like to play with every one...
    I got to play an original 1967 Gibson SG... Original frets, original Scratchplate and pickups... Boy she's a beautiful thing. I have a thing for my Fender Strat and Tele, they are the apple of my eyes.
    Amplifiers... I want more...
     
  9. Leofender

    Leofender Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I can can resist ANYTHING...
    except temptation...
    Guitars are... Tempting...
     
  10. Dreamdancer

    Dreamdancer Senior Stratmaster

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    Its evolutionary biology answered(at least for men)...we like new gear like we like new coochie...if we try it its not new anymore and we need the next one....and the next one...and the next one....it might not be better than the previous one...but its new and thats what counts...:D
     
  11. Demon Dave

    Demon Dave Strat-Talker

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    Oh yes
    Only 1 Les Paul
    Only 1 SG
    Only 1 Tele
    Only the strats are 2
     
  12. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    Heck no! I'd play two at the same time if I could.
     
  13. Wrighty

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    Monogamous. Someone world renowned for playing Monopoly
     
  14. Wrighty

    Wrighty Dr. Stratster

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    I struggle to store four amps, one of which is a practice amp. You must live in a warehouse, museum or an enormous house!
     
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    Wrighty Dr. Stratster

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    Does an acoustic count as a guitar? Discuss.
     
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    Doc538 Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    All during my gigging time, I had 2 guitars and one Custom tube amp, but only one at a time. The single pup Silvertone was replaced by an Univox 335 clone, which I have to this day and still play. Over the last 15 years I have acquired only 6 guitars and amps but I am down to 3 guitars, 2 amps which I show love to almost equally with my strat getting just a hint more play time with the Fender Mustang Amp.

    Almost forgot 2 pedals, one at a time… A really kool Fuzz Surfer Wah, then a multi faceted pedal I never figured out how to use correctly, worse I forgot the name but it had an AC power supply, not DC. Now the mustang supplies the effects which are seldom used.
     
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    buzzword Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    I have four and try to play them all equally so the others don't get jealous. And a Taylor acoustic I haven't told the others about.
     
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    Stonetone Most Honored Senior Member

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    Hahahah No its actually a small room, all that Power comes from my Helix Floor unit at the foot of my chair :)

    Music Room.jpg
     
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  19. JRSIV

    JRSIV Stuck in the Middle Position Silver Member

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    I started playing at 16 in 1992, and my first electric guitar was a 1991 Fender Standard Stratocaster. My Dad loved guitar and played a bit too so when I got into it heavy we both bought guitars quite often, from pawn shop prizes to Guitar Center gougings. Over a 6-8 year period we amassed about 50 guitars, 30 of which were pro level excellent guitars.

    I played out here in my hometown of Las Vegas quite a lot, rotating out a few guitars without being too showy or giving off a "Hey! Come to my house and rob me!" vibe. I loved a lot of those guitars but my first MIM Strat was my #1, not just because of the sentimental 'first real guitar' thing (although that probably played into it) but because it was a great guitar. The neck is just incredible.

    Unfortunately, my Pop passed away unexpectedly at 49 and having so many guitars in my apartment wasn't so practical, so I sold most of them over a few years. I was also crushed losing my Dad and the guitars just added to my depression.

    So for a long time my main guitar was just that MIM Strat. I was in a monogamous relationship for sure. It wasn't until I joined this forum in 2009 and learned about the quality & exceptional deal that Classic Vibe's were that I bought another guitar, a CV60's Strat.

    It wasn't until the Coronavirus hit that I really felt like getting another guitar. I write & record songs in my home studio and for the years before I felt my Strat was all I needed. Well, long story short (sorry), I got the bug again. Once I bought a Powerhouse Strat on Reverb I went bat**** and bought several Strat's this year.

    I can say there is something to be said for the 'monogamous' guitar relationship. You gel with the instrument, learning it's strengths and weaknesses and it begins to become like another limb. It just fits.

    But having more paint on the palette so to speak is also a heavy thing. Lately I've been blown away by my 2014 US Strat I bought a few months back. It has so many usable tones and none are exactly like my OG MIM Strat's. I upgraded the pickups to Vintage Noiseless in my #1 years ago and it really opened up the sound of the guitar. But of course the Fat 50's in my US Strat are doing something complete different, and having those different tones to experiment with has been so cool.

    I think a guitarist should go both ways for awhile...(ahem) I mean stick with one guitar for a long period of time and then get a few to rotate around with. It's two completely different disciplines and I feel I'm a better musician having gone through it.

    My first electric, my 1991 Standard Strat MIM:

    A pic of my current Strat's (with my Washburn acoustic and an Epiphone Casino Coupe lurking in the background...):
     
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  20. Wrighty

    Wrighty Dr. Stratster

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    Sneaky!
     
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