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Okay, when you hit rock bottom, you finally throw in the towel and admit you need help.

 

I'm a guitar addict, and I'm powerless against Guitar Addiction Syndrome.

 

Accordingly, I have announced to family and friends that I will abstain from buying guitars for at least one year.

(Next Christmas is the very first time that I will allow myself the luxury of acquiring another guitar.)

 

I plan to take care of the approximately 13 guitars that I have here, and keep them well-loved and polished and playing right.

I may even sell a few of them.

God knows I could use the money.

 

Any advice?

I know I need to stay out of the guitar shops and pawn shops.

 

If I need a cable or some strings, I'll send my wife or my brother (or one of my band-mates) into the store to get just what I need, and nothing more.

 

This isn't going to be easy.

I could use your support and your prayers.

 

Thanks in advance!!

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Are you married or are you alone in this? msp_flapper.gif Lol your wife can help you big time if your married. When you go to the guitar shop and she finds out she can beat the crap out of you! msp_thumbup.gif I know you play in a band and if your single to me 13 guitars isn't out of the line. Think I had 16 if you count the banjo and steel guitar I had as a teen. Some I should have sold as I never played them, they were bad cheap gifts from my mom. She didn't know they were junk as she didn't know guitars. Just bought me an el cheapo that was horrible. I only have 5 now and want a few more. We go to concerts and musicians bring many guitars with them. Seems they play a song or two and switch to another guitar. I've seen some play as many as 8 or 10 guitars in a 2 hour concert. Audiance loves it seeing all the different axes they bring or at least I do.

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I plan to take care of the approximately 13 guitars that I have here, and keep them well-loved and polished and playing right.

I may even sell a few of them....

 

That's an excellent idea. If you love your babies, sometimes you have to set them free. msp_unsure.gif Yes, 13 was about critical mass for me, too, haha. I sold a few I wasn't playing off of reverb and consolidated into some very nice players/lookers. Shipping was not the pain I thought it would be. And yeah - money. msp_thumbup.gif

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If I need a cable or some strings, I'll send my wife or my brother (or one of my band-mates) into the store to get just what I need, and nothing more.

 

 

Here's your answer...when you need strings for a guitar - sell it. Wash, rinse, repeat until you get down to three guitars. Legitimize this by arguing that this is the amount you could safely carry out in case of a fire...

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I change every month, as much as possible, pull one out and put strings on it, set it up play for 4 weeks, clean it and put it away, pull out the next one. It's like getting a new one sort of, but buy strings in bulk and stay out if shops unless you are helping someone else pick out a guitar.

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I know how you feel also. I was up to 52 guitars when I had my stroke and loss the use of my left hand ( musically) .

Although I did not want to sell some of them it was and guess it still is useless for me to hang on to so many . I am down to 21 guitars now, and even though I can not play any more, I just refuse to sell any more. There are a few that I will never sell, but even the guitars that I have duplicates, and triplets, I still find it difficult to sell them. In the last five years sinse I have been unable to play,I have still bought probably 8 or 9 guitars even though I was selling some of my other guitars . Boy, does that make sense ?

I guess it's a sickness that there is no cure . "Guitaritist"

 

Maybe you could take a breather, enjoy the ones you have and in the meantime, look for that one guitar you have always longed for .

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Thanks for the advice, fellows.

I am overwhelmed with the quality and heartfelt goodness of your responses.

 

Yes, I am married, but she's a bit of an enabler;

 

Every time I ever came home with a guitar she would smile a wry smile and say, "You work hard, you should have everything you want."

 

It helps, I think, that Christmas is coming up.

Kids and grandkids need presents, and I need money in order to make all that come together.

 

I really don't need anything for myself, but I am a giver, and so I probably should let go of a few of these guitars right away.

They are all really well-loved, beautifully-maintained, and highly polished.

 

:( :unsure: [crying]

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Sorry Sparky I got nothin for ya.

I had GAS as a youngster, for me that was the early 80s. Was there GAS back then? I don't know if that was a thing or if it was defined later, but what ever it was I had it. I can't even count the geets I had over the years. But what I learned back then was I didn't need every damn thing I saw. I really didn't. 90% of the time I had buyers remorse and pondered what the hell did this new guitar bring me. The answer for the most part was "nothing".

Not just guitars but everything. I used to buy the best of everything TV's, VCR's, you name it.

For the most part I realized I didn't need all that extra crap. All I needed was the basics. Guitars are also like that. I was up in the teens for geets. I'm now down to 3 electric, 1 acoustic, 2 bass(one to be sold) and a couple,three amps. When it comes right down to it you can only play one at once. I don't know, maybe it's just me. But GAS for me is a non issue. So I got nothin for ya.

Maybe if I was stinkin rich I would buy them for fun. But even if I was, I would only want them if I played them. I would never hang one on the wall.

lol. [laugh]

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Ordering your strings, picks, cables and the like via web may help.

 

Be careful what you sell. Keeping what the songs you play call for is minimum I think. Giving away a guitar to a family member can be a different thing though. I know what I talk about - I still hope my son would start to play some day. I do hope that for my daughter, too, but other than my son and me she is a lefty.

 

You will do it all right, Sparky! [thumbup]

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I don't know what it is about guitars.

 

Every time I see one I can barely afford, I think, "Man, this thing possesses new sonic possibilities, and it won't sound like any of my other guitars. So clearly I must have it."

 

And then, after I get it home and restring it and polish it up and down, I am recharged (musically, creatively) for a few weeks.

Then the guitar gets rotated back into the mix of 'played occasionally' and/or 'brought to the next gig', and it becomes like any other girl in the harem.

 

 

I bought a $90 Dean Vendetta in Dallas years ago simply because the price was right, and the dark, natural wood grain looked beautiful and interesting to me.

I didn't NEED it, not by a long shot.

But I wanted it, and pictured it being just the best thing ever for recording or dragging onto the stage.

 

After I adjusted the action (which was horrible), smoothed down the fret ends (rough and skin-snagging), I realized that I had just another decently-playable cheap guitar.

I still LOVED the dark wood grain, but it really had nothing else going for it, sound-wise.

 

At some point later that year, I ended up talking with a neighbor lady who wanted some advice for purchasing a guitar and amp for her teenage daughter who wanted to learn to play.

Long story short, I turned her on to a decent guitar teacher, gave her some quality advice regarding an amplifier purchase, and I GAVE her the Dean guitar as a kind of 'pay it forward' sort of thing.

I was told later that the girl really loved her new guitar, and was enjoying taking lessons.

 

Today that girl is off to college, and the Dean Vendetta is just down the street somewhere, collecting dust in a guest room closet.

 

And it's practically calling to me.

[unsure][scared][crying]

 

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Today that girl is off to college, and the Dean Vendetta is just down the street somewhere, collecting dust in a guest room closet.

 

And it's practically calling to me.

 

This sounds like a bad version of the movie Toy Story 3. Go down and get that guitar before it ends up in the trash...

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I bought a $90 Dean Vendetta in Dallas years ago simply because the price was right...

 

Resolve to only buy expensive guitars. Buy guitars with the wrong price, take them out and use them, enjoy using the best that you can. A 90 dollar guitar is disposable in this weird world. The stores are full of that crap, they are hoping you'll come back and buy more of them for no reason other than you can.

 

rct

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Resolve to only buy expensive guitars. Buy guitars with the wrong price, take them out and use them, enjoy using the best that you can. A 90 dollar guitar is disposable in this weird world. The stores are full of that crap, they are hoping you'll come back and buy more of them for no reason other than you can.

 

rct

 

I think onto something there mate. "From now on, I shall only buy original 58-60 LP 'bursts' ...for cash".

Yep, that should do the trick. [laugh]

 

I'm afraid I can't help Sparky, I have 3 guitars and would be happy enough just to go back to one (which I play 90% of the time anyway)...or maybe one electric and get a nice acoustic. Guess I don't have gas.

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I agree with RCT. My son paid $100.00 for a cheap Dean Vendetta, still has it and it's junk. I have 5. Two I'd like to trade off. Learned to play on a fender acoustic but would like to get a Guild acoustic. I'm keeping my Gibson GT and Epipone electrics. I have a 12 string acoustic I never play so like to trade that off and a Oscar Schmidt acoustic and pick up two more. A Gibson Lucille and a surf guitar.that leaves me with 5 which is what I have now. May keep the 12 string for playing Hotel California.

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Sparky, I totally relate. I don't have an urge to buy just any guitar though, with me it's usually Gibson and on finance or the odd Epiphone. I don't work in an overly lucrative job, but discovered finance can go a long way. Most of my spare money has gone on guitars the last 5 years or so, before that I had about 6 guitars and now I'm on 40 at last count with 20 Gibson's, 13 Epiphone's and the rest random Fender/ Gretsch and recently picked up a Godin. This is my room a while ago, since then I've added a few more guitars. IMG_1474_zpsjrayhoba.jpg

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Wow Cody, that's quite something - certainly puts the idea of 40 guitars in a visual context!

 

Interesting to think if people had the choice to have 40 decent playable guitars of various styles, or instead just one each top of the range/custom shop of say a Les Paul, a Strat, a 335 and a Martin (or similar variation on that) - and for your own playing pleasure, not flipping or whatever... how many would opt for the 40 and how many for the 4? I don't know the answer but I'd guess about half would go for each option.

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Resolve to only buy expensive guitars...

rct

 

This is my current plan. I have 20 or so (lost count) I plan to place a bunch in a local shop on consignment to sell after the Christmas holiday (the shop owner buys new ones to sell for Christmas, but wants used ones for people to buy with their Christmas money afterwards). I plan to keep my best ones and possibly buy a nice high quality semihollow to take the place of the half a dozen cheaper ones I plan to sell off.

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Wow Cody, that's quite something - certainly puts the idea of 40 guitars in a visual context!

 

Interesting to think if people had the choice to have 40 decent playable guitars of various styles, or instead just one each top of the range/custom shop of say a Les Paul, a Strat, a 335 and a Martin (or similar variation on that) - and for your own playing pleasure, not flipping or whatever... how many would opt for the 40 and how many for the 4? I don't know the answer but I'd guess about half would go for each option.

 

Interesting idea. I'm not sure if it's better to have more or less, I just kind of built them up as I went along. I don't think you necessarily need high end guitars, but it's nice to have them for sure. My most expensive is the L5CES and the cheapest a second hand Epi LP100 which I picked up for busking last year (street musician I think Americans call it?). Of course the L5 is magnificent, but I love the Epi too and all in-between! I get nervous taking any guitar over around £1000 out and about, so the Epi's sure come in useful.

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Spar,

 

I empathise with you on this. I never had GAS throughout 44 years of playing. It’s only during the last couple of years that I’ve gone nuts and bought 8. Work that one out?!

 

 

This is shaping up to be a guitar version of Alcoholics Anonymous.

 

 

To justify getting the last guitar (Squier Esprit) I determined I had to sell one. Unfortunately nobody wants the Epi Casino Coupe I nominated for sale (I’ve had for about a year only).

 

I now want a Variax for purely practical reasons (for recording). There isn’t any love or GAS about this one, but it’s still another guitar! I can trade in the Epi at this point, but I still need to lose another guitar to balance things. Except I want to keep the others!

 

I may have to cheat and sell a bass. I don’t think of basses as guitars. I have 2 but I only need one (again, for recording). I know its self deceiving, but this is the nature of the dilemma.

 

Good luck for the coming year. Remember, Self control is a virtue.

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