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Tim Plains

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Lowdown...

 

I'd not entirely agree that if you get the "right one" you'll stick with it and the affair would last forever.

 

I must be the guitar version of polyamorous. <grin> Seriously, there have been times you couldn't pry me away from one guitar and then... Boom, something happened that put me onto another.

 

But, as I said, something kept me from trades involving a couple of them that... I dunno. One I didn't really care for at all. I really don't know why I bought it when I did those more than 30 years ago. It's in my current avatar and forget firearms, right now the only way you'd get it is to pry it from my cold dead hands.

 

Then there's the one and only solidbody I've bonded with but... it gets played maybe 5 percent as much nowadays. When I was doing country/rock in a trio in the mid 70s, that "board" was the number one machine. Then there's the semihollow that gets played less than 1 percent.

 

I dunno why. Maybe it's like right now I'm listening to Mozart and I've got a "cowboy" piece right under it on the play list, then some pretty raw blues.

 

One thing I've noticed is that different guitars seem "right" as one's style - or the style one plays at various times in life - evolves. Unlike people, guitars can't really change style with you. You can vary style on different guitars, but if you evolve rather than just improve technique and "class," your feel for a given instrument may change.

 

Even if I'm doing, in theory, the same right and left hand technique on each of the three guitars I've mentioned, there's something subtly different. So... I dunno. It's like I can't imagine doing Tbone Walker on a classical guitar or bluegrass flatpicking on the solidbody or... I dunno why, maybe it's just in my head, but...

 

Why did I keep the jazz box that's now my main squeeze when I dumped a nice orange Gretsch and a dozen others that were fine, fine instruments; why keep that one solidbody while I've dumped so many others just as "nice?" I dunno... it's just "something."

 

But as I've said, too, maybe it's just that I'm "old" and after 46 years of guitars I'm just remembering more. <grin> The ones I've kept when others went? Don't ask why 'cuz it's just ... something.

 

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Lowdown...

 

I'd not entirely agree that if you get the "right one" you'll stick with it and the affair would last forever.

 

I must be the guitar version of polyamorous. <grin> Seriously' date=' there have been times you couldn't pry me away from one guitar and then... Boom, something happened that put me onto another.

 

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[angry] Yeah,but as I said mate - if you truly wanted and waited to get the guitar(s) you did,then they all have their place.

 

I love playing my Strat/Maton/Tele as much as my LP STILL!

 

I wanted them all,and play them all.[biggrin]

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Lowdown...

 

You make a good point but... I haven't played Bluegrass in roughly 30 years. Nor really any Flamenco.

 

Yeah, I still have the boxes, just don't play 'em, nor the mandolin and banjo. The 12-string hasn't been out of the case in three years. Nice box, but...

 

I took the solidbody to a gig where I'd been using the semi... Some "regulars" even said it had a better sound to them than the semi but... the stuff I was doing I just didn't feel "right" with it. I can do the ragtime fingerpicking stuff with any of them, but feel more comfortable with the semi. With the same strings and nearly the same basic neck proportions I feel more comfortable with a modified fingerstyle flatpicking style <grin> on the solidbody.

 

For "music" the jazz box, and most of the time I play "music."

 

I dunno. Maybe I'm just old. <chuckle> The semi "works," but... yeah, I'd swap it tomorrow for a semi with a bit different neck cross section.

 

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Axe...

 

That makes sense...

 

The box in my avatar I bought like in '75.

 

The analogy of a "honeymoon" in ways is apt except...

 

In this case I tried the thing on some gigs. It just didn't "work." So I ended up with the board. I'll admit that the solidbody also is somehow more special than others with the same brand and model designation, the same batches of fret wire, tuners and such. I dunno why. I'll never trade her, either, I think.

 

The years went by. Many trades were made but this "one" just sat in the case untouched as other cases appeared and vanished. It's probably a better analogy that a girl you knew at work or school or next door and liked like a sister disappears for another life, then shows up years later and the chemistry is different.

 

In the case of this particular guitar, it literally took nearly 30 years...

 

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Lowdown...

 

I dunno. Maybe I'm just old. <chuckle> The semi "works' date='" but... yeah, I'd swap it tomorrow for a semi with a bit different neck cross section.

 

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Nah...sounds ta me like it just didn't talk to you like you expected. Happens[crying] ...unfortunately for you.

Fortunately for me,it hasn't. Yet.[biggrin][angry]

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I think that... it depends. It depends on the grounds that you buy gear.

 

If you're buying A LOT of gear, I think that don't really appreciate what you're buying, you don't really spend enough time with it and strong bonds never develop. (It sounds just like human relationships after all...). You are quickly dissapointed and looking forward to the next GAS attack.

 

However, if you're a guy that does a lot of research before paying his hard-earned cash and you know exactly what you are buying, then perhaps the honeymoon period is quite long or even lasts for ever. I belong to the second category. I don't own flashy equipment but I love every piece of it! The honeymoons are long...[biggrin]

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I think that... it depends. It depends on the grounds that you buy gear.

 

If you're buying A LOT of gear' date=' I think that don't really appreciate what you're buying, you don't really spend enough time with it and strong bonds never develop. (It sounds just like human relationships after all...). You are quickly dissapointed and looking forward to the next GAS attack.

 

However, if you're a guy that does a lot of research before paying his hard-earned cash and you know exactly what you are buying, then perhaps the honeymoon period is quite long or even lasts for ever. I belong to the second category. I don't own flashy equipment but I love every piece of it! The honeymoons are long...:-k

 

 

 

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With me, the honeymoon lasts until the instrument gets so worn it is no longer a joy to play.

 

I still have my first electric guitar (1970 Gibson ES-330) and every other guitar I've ever purchased except for one - a Kramer Strat copy (I never got used to the short radius).

 

I've traded in saxophones only when they were no longer playable for me (saxes have more moving parts to wear out).

 

Sure I have GAS for some new gear, I have a new sax being custom built for me right now and will arrive in late January, I would also like a Johnny A guitar and a Carvin Bolt (strat with a 12" radius), but I will still love my old gear.

 

But I'm weird, playing music is my second favorite thing to do (and I can't tell you what is first on a family oriented forum).

 

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