When is too much gear too much

Discussion in 'Other Guitar Discussion' started by bluesman1956, Jul 2, 2021.

  1. Seamus OReally

    Seamus OReally Mr. Serious Gold Supporting Member

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    Whenever I see an silly array of gear, I always think the same thing:

    “Nice checkbook. Let’s hear you play.”
     
  2. fos1

    fos1 Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Just wow! I would be there if I had the money and the space. ;)
     
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  3. Mr Dunlop

    Mr Dunlop Senior Stratmaster

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    Quit hating!!!!
    :)
     
  4. thomquietwolf

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    Good question....
    Sort of tied to marriages of...
    Mickey Rooney
    Or
    The all you can eat diner...

    Some people
    One is too many

    I have 9 Phillips screw drivers
     
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  5. ibdrkn1

    ibdrkn1 Senior Stratmaster

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    This is how I justify my addiction. I personally have no other vises. If you think of the things other people spend their money on, a guitar hobby/addiction by comparison is not expensive at all if you're smart about what you buy and how much you pay for it.

    My collection is paid for by my collection.

    Very few people pay for golf by playing golf. I'm not aware of anyone paying for their cigarettes by smoking cigarettes.

    Some people can pay for gambling by gambling, but statistically that's a very small percentage of players.
     
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  6. metrokosmiko

    metrokosmiko Strat-Talker

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    When it becomes a hindrance in any sort of way.
     
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  7. HighwayStar106

    HighwayStar106 Senior Stratmaster

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    The way I see it...

    One Fender-style, one Gibson-style, one acoustic and one amp are the bare essentials.
    One Strat, one Tele, one Les Paul, one 335/SG/other Gibson-style, maybe one other 'oddball' electric, one or two acoustics and two amps is the 'goldilocks' point - not too many, not too few.
    Anything more is either 'more than strictly necessary, but...', or simply 'too much', depending on whether you have space to keep it all.

    I'm definitely somewhere in between the latter two, but I think my lack of pedal and amp GAS allows me a bit of leeway guitar-wise.
     
  8. dbolt

    dbolt Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Never
     
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  9. Uncle Jimmy

    Uncle Jimmy Senior Stratmaster

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    You know you have too much gear when the gig comes to you.
     
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  10. bluesman1956

    bluesman1956 Strat-O-Master

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  11. Slyy

    Slyy Strat-Talker

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    I was down to 2 guitars, I'm up to 5 again.

    In theory I only need two (main gigger, and backup). While I keep telling myself that, I can never seem to STAY at two.
     
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    docslingerland Strat-Talk Member

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  13. docslingerland

    docslingerland Strat-Talk Member

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    I have 3 acoustics, 2 strats 2 LPs and 1 ES339 I feel it creates variety and thus stimulates my interest in practice. It's enough and they're all beautiful.
     
  14. SAguitar

    SAguitar Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I'm down to 20-something electric guitars, and I regularly play around 15 of them. I also have 3 basses and an acoustic guitar! Oh well, I have to be excessive in something.
     
  15. Stratbats

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    I have 3 guitars and 3 amps. One of the amps is going to be sold, as is the Tele. I just don't use them. I don't have things just To Have Them. And probably a pile of pedals... I use two pedals 95% of the time. The rest are gathering dust.
     
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  16. RaySachs

    RaySachs Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    If it feels like too much to the person who owns it, it's too much. I've gotten to that point with other hobbies in the past, so far I haven't really with guitars. I have two electrics and two acoustics - I like all of what I have, don't want less, but also don't want more. I think I've had as many as six at one time, and that felt like a little too much. I just found myself thinking too much about what gear I was gonna play and not enough about what music I was gonna play. I got rid of some stuff and for quite a while I was down to one acoustic and two electrics, but I really kind of wanted a second acoustic after a while, so now I have two of each. I definitely don't want a lot of guitars - never have. I'm not a versatile enough player to take advantage of all the sound options. One or two of each is really plenty for me. Since I always seem to have a strong #1 and a #2 that gets somewhat neglected, the #2 is always at risk of getting sold if I don't play it for long enough. That could happen again, but I really don't see wanting more.

    But if you've got the money, space and temperament to enjoy having 10 or 20 or 30 or 100 guitars, knock yourself out.We're all into what we're into and if it gives you pleasure and you can afford it, I don't see much downside. I can't relate. At ALL! But I don't have to - I'm sure a lot of people can't relate to my having two of each. It works for me - I'm the only person it has to work for. And my wife, but she's fine with it so far.

    -Ray
     
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  17. BuddyHollywood

    BuddyHollywood Strat-O-Master

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    Do you have a favorite?
     
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    mikej89 Senior Stratmaster

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    I always feel like I have too much gear and I only have 4 guitars and a bass lol.
     
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  19. Bowmap

    Bowmap I nose a thang or two. Platinum Supporting Member

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    You all are just a bunch of enablers! I have lost count, don't know where they all are, have ran out of space.


    Thank you @Mr Dunlop for setting a new goal for me. :rolleyes:
     
  20. Mr Dunlop

    Mr Dunlop Senior Stratmaster

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    I have a few that I really like. My drop top gets alot of play time and the LP.
    I plan to downsize but every time I get rid of one or two I find more deals