Do you name your guitar ?

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  1. Nate D

    Nate D Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I call my old strat Blondie because it’s a blonde strat and it was my only electric for a long time. I was also heavily influenced by Clapton calling his guitars Blackie and Brownie. My wife calls my red -335 Clementine.

    That leaves a lot of guitars without nicknames.
     
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    No, but my wife has names for them, it's not pleasant , and all the names sound the same.

    I dunno exactly the reason she does this, it definitely has something to do with the volume control.

    I must actually ask her cause normally I can't hear her so well at the time, also something to do with the volume control.

    Anyway, what's in a name ?


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    Hey
    Seymour Duncan single coil sized humbuckers... jeff beck jr and lil 59s
     
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    Honestly, I can't imagine addressing one of my guitars by a name. I don't talk TO my guitars so that's not how I would use the name. That leaves friends or family hearing me use what is effectively a term of endearment to refer to a....guitar? Can't imagine that sounds normal to non-players who don't have any idea about this naming practice.

    And I really can't imaging the consequences of telling my wife "I grabbed Nadine last night at the bar (gig) and wailed on her for a good hour!".
     
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    I thought you’re going to say Lucile ;)
     
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    Those are sexy af. I will have to check those out.
     
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    I got a Jb jr on a Strat bridge i like , I just got in the mail some hot rails to see Whatsp with , have you tried those ?
     
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    Never, but I have a friend with a Trudy and an Abigail. I find it very cringey when he addresses them or refers to them in that manner....
     
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    I have 23 guitars. Only three have names. To distinguish between identical twin Gibson SGs, where only the color is different, I call one DarkStar and the other Woody. I also have a Fender Classic Player Triple Tele (three pickups and a 5-way selector switch) that I call Tele-Strat-Or, since I can urge both Tele and Strat sounds from it!
     
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    I wouldn't say I name my guitars, just short descriptive labels, if you will.

    So there is the black one and the white one (both my #1s, the last guitars I bought 12-13 years ago) and the old one (which happens to be black as well but it's with me for 26 years now so it makes sense to call it "old" rather than "black").
     
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    No. I've never had the impulse to do so.
     
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    No, never tried hot rails... have heard good things about them though!
     
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    Coming from a serious level of cycling, where I've felt it advantageous to be on a first name basis with the machine I'm working with, I've named all my guitars. They generally lean on the color and vibe of the guitar translated into Spanish, tho, so it's not like they get named Fred or Matilda. And I certainly don't speak to them nearly as much as they speak to me. And they all wish I'd get them to sing more frequently rather than talk.

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    I refer to my one strat as "The Seoulcaster" because it started off as a Korean strat... it has a lot of Seoul and Soul.

    other than that no

    I guess i could call my other strat Mike because I got it from Mike's wife after Mike died.
     
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    Only 1 of 17 guitars has a name

    This a '91 Ultra body and '89 Strat Plus neck.

    While my wizard was working his magic on it, his brother and business partner Mike died suddenly.

    In his honor, I named it Mike


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    I’ll repost what I said in the last “do you name your guitars?” thread. For whatever reason, I find it acceptable if you’re famous. Fans want to know about your guitars and maybe it’s easier to call each one something different, or maybe the fans even named them for you and they just end up being referred to as this or that.

    I find it kinda douchey if you’re not famous. If one of the guys I play with said, “you know, I think I’ll play old Mary Ellen tonight”, I’d think he was a bit full of himself or off his rocker or both.
     
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    I don't name my guitars, but one of my guitars was named by somebody else.

    I've talked about this ugly beast I picked up in a pawn shop. A bandmate of mine fondly calls it "Stinky Pinkie."

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    All of the ones i've carefully selected parts for and assembled myself have names,
    as do a few others that are special to me.
    This is 'The Black Widow' (Ibanez RG 852, Galaxy Black finish, 8 strings, get it?)':
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    Stock Ibanez guitar, but it was my very first Extended Range Guitar, and it's a discontinued model, so...

    The latest one is 'Ms. P.' (because P-90 pickups, of course):
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    Fender 50s Road Worn body, Fender CIJ neck, vintage style tuners and bridge, and Wilkinson pickups
    with master tone and volume connected to a 3-way switch (The 2nd tone pot isn't wired to anything at
    present, but might get replaced with a blender pot eventually).
    Here are a few others (first row left to right 'Galadrielle', 'Angel' and 'Azumi'):
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    This one, on the other hand:
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    is just 'The Les Paul Custom Jr.'... because it's bone stock, and because i don't have anything else like it.

    For me naming my guitars serves a very real and useful purpose...
    because i have quite a LOT of guitars (80 at last inventory, not counting basses, lap steels, ukes, a mandolin, and some
    other various odds and ends).
    When you have more than one or two similar guitars, you might also feel the need to differentiate them a little bit more
    than just 'this one, that one, and the other one', 'the red one, the white one, and the blue one', or 'the Strat, the Tele,
    and the Les Paul' (for example, on the track sheet if you need to go back and redo something with the same guitar so
    that the sound matches up on the recording as precisely as possible).

    Do i care if anyone else finds it 'cringey', 'douchey', 'pretentious', or 'pathetic'?

    Not one whit, although i do find it amusing that some people always find it necessary to say things like that whenever
    this type of thread crops up rather than respond with a simple 'no', like my friends @fezz parka and @Mouse did.
    Well, you go on and do you, and feel free to judge me if you think everything you might do is above repraoch, LOL.
    Otherwise, judge not, lest ye be judged (and found wanting).
     
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