The downside to multiple guitars......

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  1. dcm_guitar

    dcm_guitar New Member

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    I've been an avowed acoustic guitarist most of my playing life. I progressed through cheap ones, to nicer ones to really nice ones to custom orders from the factory to having an individual builder create something specifically for me. I've settled on two from the same luthier that were built for me. They are wonderful instruments.

    Since I was so deep into acoustic guitars, I didn't give much thought to electric guitars. I had one inexpensive electric guitar that I would "goof around" with, but I just didn't consider them seriously.

    I started to play a little more electric guitar, and decided to buy something decent. I didn't want to get in "too deep", so I went safe and found a Strat I liked. It wasn't too much (especially compared to the acoustics) and that seemed fine. After having the Fender for a while, I decided I need a Gibson as well. I picked up a Les Paul. It sounded different than the Strat and played different than the Strat.

    The Les Paul was exactly what you expect from a modern Gibson. The finish was a little sloppy and it didn't stay in tune very well. The biggest issues was I was ALWAYS accidentally pulling the first string off the fret. I think the nut slot for the high e was in the wrong position placing the string too close to the edge of the fretboard. That guitar was infuriating to play. It was an expensive instrument and (for me) a disappointment. It was pretty, though.

    I had a very fortunate work occurrence in 2016 and decided to treat myself to a really nice electric guitar. After a LOT of research I decided to get either a PRS of to have something built specifically for me. I ended up getting the PRS because I didn't want to wait. Still being primarily an acoustic guitarist, I decided to "split the difference" and get a hollowbody electric. I found a gorgeous Hollowbody II artist package and snatched it up.

    You can probably guess how this story is going to proceed. The Strat played nice. The Les Paul hung on the wall and looked pretty. I had also picked up a high-end Telecaster and a custom shop Gibson 339 prior to the PRS hollowbody (these are different, and less interesting stories) . All these guitars (except the Les Paul) got relatively equal playing time. If I HAD to choose a #1 from these choices it would have been the Tele, but not by much. The PRS changed everything. The guitar feels right. Setting it up is effortless. It took me quite a while to get the Fenders set up to my preference. The PRS took about 15 minutes. It's been perfect ever since and hasn't budged. It's ALWAYS in tune. The feel of the neck (satin finished maple) is perfect. The darn thing is also ridiculously pretty. And the sound.......It has a depth of sound that isn't matched by my other instruments. From clean to crunch to dirt there's more in the PRS than the other guitars. The difference between the neck and the bridge pick up sounds are very diverse. The tone pot actually makes a difference throughout its entire range.

    Once you get something good, you want more of it. That's the downside to multiple guitars. I have the Hollowbody II AP. I now have an AP CU24-08 on order. I just picked up a Vela. The Les Paul and my first Strat are gone (although I do have a couple of different Strats that serve different purposes). Now, I'm looking at the 339 and think, "Do I need that guitar?"

    I know, this post is too long, Whatever. I've enjoyed writing it as I sip my coffee. If I'm not playing guitar, I might as well be writing about guitar.
     
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  2. andy474x

    andy474x Knows the Drill

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    Nice picks!!!
     
  3. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    That story isn't too different than many here. Myself definitely included! Wouldn't have it any other way!

    BTW....there is no downside with having multiple guitars!
     
  4. AP515

    AP515 Mostly Normal

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    Welcome to the disease. You've contracted it well. It's an illness with benefits! :)
     
  5. garrett

    garrett Not a New Member

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    Nice problem to have, right?

    I've been on a long journey trying out different things. Once I got up to something like 9 electrics, clear favorites had emerged. I ended up with a sort of first-string and second-string squad. I let go of the second-string so I could focus on getting the most I can get from the first-string squad.
     
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  6. Huggy B

    Huggy B It's just a snack.

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    Story was cool, but the title ain't right cause ..... THERE IS NO DOWNSIDE TO HAVING MULTIPLE GUITARS!!!
    Especially if they are PRSi.:D
     
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  7. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    I really need to follow your example. It's hard though!
     
  8. RaySachs

    RaySachs New Member

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    I recently bought a 594 - amazing guitar. Everything you said times about 10. When I bought it I sold my two existing electrics, an Ibanez semi-hollow and a strat. I've only owned one electric for most of my playing years and was hoping to get back to that place and figured the 594 was the axe to do it with. And it basically serves as more than an adequate replacement for any guitar I've ever owned and liked. Except for Fenders. As good as it's split coil sounds are, they don't sound anything like a Strat. I'm sure a tele player would say they don't sound enough like a tele either, but I'm not really a tele guy and the split coil settings on the 594 can handle the tele type sounds I want. During the many years that I only owned one guitar, that one guitar was a strat and, after having only the 594 for several weeks I realized I wasn't gonna be OK without a strat still within reach. So now I have a Robert Cray strat to keep my 594 company - I wrote about it in another thread. And it's the best of all worlds. It's nice to have a second electric that gives me a real clear change of pace/voice and also serves as a reminder of what an insanely sublime instrument my 594 is.

    I don't want more than two though - I've gone back and forth between one and two several times, but never wanted a third. Still don't. Because the downside to multiple guitars that you didn't mention was choice paralysis. Too many options gets in the way of just enjoying something you like. I've been there with nice bicycles and flirted with being there with cameras. Spent too much time trying to decide what to use and how to modify everything and not enough just USING them. I'm not going there with guitars. I was hoping I could get by with one. I chose not to, but I'm fine with two... And a nice acoustic and a really cheap acoustic (Jim Dandy) for the beach and not caring what happens to it...
     
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  9. Rider1260

    Rider1260 New Member

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    13 guitars - 11 PRS and I really don't play the other 2 :)
    The only issue is my wife is on to me now - no more space on the walls
     
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  10. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Silver pants make me wanna dance.

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    You have the whole other side of the basement with empty walls though..
     
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  11. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    My non-PRS guitars get played about once a year. I played with my mexi-strat a couple of weeks ago (inspired by the release of the Silver Sky, and trying to see if I could feel what the neck radius might be), but as soon as I picked up my 305 to compare, the strat got hung back up on the wall to be dormant again.

    And I have to be honest, I don't know off the top of my head how many PRSi I have. So I just counted them - 19, it appears. And I have two more on order. I have another almost dozen non-PRS guitars that are quite playable - the aforementioned Strat, a Tele, a Les Paul (Deluxe!), a Godin, an Epi Casino, a few acoustics (Norman, Taylor, Takamine), a couple of cheap basses, and a Flying V clone that plays remarkably well. I also have a couple of really awful guitars that I keep to remind myself to always buy the better product (e.g. one is a cheap 12 string acoustic that you can't play above the 5th fret).

    Hmm. At one point (prior to my exposure to PRS) I thought I had too many guitars when I had three good electrics and one good acoustic, plus that lousy 12-string. Now, with apparently almost 20 awesome and another 11 "good" guitars, I don't have enough.

    At least at this point in my life I have regular paying music gigs that help support my habit.

    Sigh.
     
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  12. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    I have a small flock. I’ve made my choices predominantly on the sounds that I’m looking for and pickup choices as well as some wood choices too.

    I don’t intend on moving any of mine on as they are all too personal to me, so I will have to make wise choices as I go (hopefully!).

    Only downside is maintenance for me as I’m lazy. If I restring one, I want the others to have the same tonality and resonance you get with new strings on all of them. So if I have too many they will all have old strings on them and need some kind attention.

    But that’s just me!
     
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  13. MichaelS

    MichaelS I'm here for the free kool-aid...

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    I pick mine based on the tunes I'm in the mood of playing at the time...
    ... like surfboards, there are different types for different conditions.
    ... 8 boards, 11 guitars...
    only ever sold one board, and one guitar. Also sold an amp, that one I regret.
     
  14. veinbuster

    veinbuster Coming of age

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    I wouldn’t have bet on someone else here having a Norman. I bought mine before PRS existed.
     
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  15. Tosca

    Tosca Death by a million mini-toggles...

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    The downside to having too many guitars is that you still don't have enough of them.
     
  16. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    The downsides of multiple guitars?

    1. Too many strings to change.
    2. Paralysis by analysis re: which one to use for a recording project.
    3. Not enough places to put the cases (yes, it’s a rhyme, as is paralysis by analysis).

    Insurmountable problem:

    PRS keeps coming out with phenomenal guitars that I get the hots for.

    But I have fewer guitars than most of you.
     
  17. django49

    django49 New Member

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    I can relate to the "typical Gibson" this week......I was down to my very last one.......A 335 I had owned for around 25 years.....Cue the discussion of "How do you find a good one?" It was that one.......For a long time......
    Somehow, I stumbled upon a Collings I35-LC.....It is a bit smaller and just......Better. Then, a Huber Reitbergen Even bigger than the 335. And even better, but in a very different way. And, so, the 335 was carried away a few days ago by a new owner who had been
    looking for "the right one" for a very long time......Everyone is happy.
    Not that I do NOT still have too many guitars, but this might be the first time since the 60s that I have not had at least one Gibson. No danger of that happening vis a vis PRS any time soon......
     
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  18. walrus

    walrus New Member

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    One acoustic, one electric. I have other problems, but not "too many guitars"...
     
  19. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    People have multiple guitars?



    That’s just silly.
     
  20. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Not me!
    Oh wait...
     

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