What's a Guitar to You???

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  1. Rockmark

    Rockmark New Member

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    Is it a tool you need for your career? Is it an instrument to make you feel good and happy and centered while playing it? Do you use it to get away from everything else and focus. Or maybe just an ornament, nice wall hanging. Or ornate playable art like Dragons etc. For me it's an instrument these days to conduct my hobby of just loving guitars. I love to play em, work on em and look at the special ones hanging as art. I like to collect the rare runs and enjoy the workmanship. How about you?
     
  2. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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  3. aphantomvaper

    aphantomvaper New Member

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    Expression and inspiration! Make the extra brain cells fire up on occasion.
     
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  4. markd21

    markd21 New Member

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    I find my guitars to be more like tools these days. It's ironic because I'm playing really nice guitars these days and I only have them because they provide me what I need without requiring modification.
     
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  5. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Ironically, when I’m playing it doesn’t matter what they look like because I’m in the zone.

    But it doesn’t hurt that they’re bonnie to look at!;)
     
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  6. Wakester

    Wakester Re Member

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    Its something to tinker with.
    Its something to start a conversation with.
    Its something to share with a friend.
    It is an old friend.
    Its a lot of things to me. But....

    It is not a toy
    It is not a tool
    It is not a wall hanger.

    I may not play them everyday, but i do play them, all of them. I learn something new each time I do.
     
  7. Tucson Thump

    Tucson Thump Mint Heavy Relic

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    Unlike the violin the guitar can still sound beautiful when the player is less than talented.

    I'm living proof.
     
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  8. ScottR

    ScottR If nobody saw it, it didn't happen.

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    My sanctuary, my teleportation device, my therapist, my absolute 100%, hands down, happy place.
     
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  9. alantig

    alantig Zombie Four, DFZ

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    What ScottR and Veinbuster said. It really applies to music as a whole, but my guitars are my gateway to getting myself recentered. When I have a bad day a work, my wife will sometimes say, “Go downstairs and play.” When I get locked in, I play for 10-15 minutes and three or four hours have gone by. When I’m working on learning something or if I’m recording, I just get lost in it. It’s such a great feeling.

    It’s been years since I’ve had a bad bout of depression, but when I did, I couldn’t even touch a guitar. It was a seriously dark time for me, and when I started having hand problems a couple years ago, I really started to wonder what would happen if I couldn’t play anymore. Could I be happy just playing slide? I’m glad I didn’t have to find out.

    Guitars - and music - are my sanctuary.
     
  10. Audie

    Audie New Member

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    I agree with Alantig on something! Yea!
     
  11. alantig

    alantig Zombie Four, DFZ

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    It’s okay - professional help is available.
     
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  12. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Guitars...
    They mean many things to me.
    They are a pleasure. I pick one up and the regular BS melts away.
    They are an adventure. I think or hear of something, and that makes me want to play.
    They are tools. At practice or a gig I love how they play. Super enjoyment.
    They are beautiful art. I love the look and feel. PRS are the apple of my eye.
    They make me want more.
     
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    This song really sums up how i feel about it. I've know this song since i was a kid. Always wanted to play like him.

     
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  14. Texsunburst59

    Texsunburst59 New Member

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    I started playing in my 1st rock band in 1980.

    I played hard rock for about 8 years before I moved over to country, and finally country/rock music.

    While I was playing I only had a hand full of guitars at my disposal.

    I always wanted to own a lot of different guitars so I could have different brushes to paint with.

    After playing 28 out in public, I finally retired from playing in '09.

    Since I quit playing out, I've built up quite a nice guitar collection I keep in my home studio.

    I pretty much have just about every guitar I'd really like to own and I'm pretty satisfied right now.

    I continue to keep my eyes out for my next guitar, because there is always something out there.
     
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  15. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Too Funky

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    An obsession and a fashion accessory.
     
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  16. DISTORT6

    DISTORT6 NJ Devil

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    A nice, friendly weapon.:D
     
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  17. CandidPicker

    CandidPicker Open-Ears / Zippered Lips

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    A hobby among other hobbies, and means of working out my feelings in music.

    Sometimes guitar practice takes the place of exercise, but counts as exercise itself. As much as I'd say it involves play, it is more 'work' than 'play.' Although noodling falls somewheres between trying ideas and mindless finger exercise. The reason it is considered a hobby, is because I don't get paid for a hobby, instead it costs me money to sustain my hobby. If it were work, I'd get paid for my work. I don't get paid for playing music as a hobby.
     
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  18. Steve's addiction

    Steve's addiction New Member

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    They help me say what I really feel. You know that deep down inside you don't want anyone to know!
     
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  19. DISTORT6

    DISTORT6 NJ Devil

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    You could just make a mix tape...
     
  20. 93studiolite

    93studiolite New Member

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    Lately they have been a source of frustration. Usually they provide me with some time to myself to decompress. Not quiet time, but some me time. It’s nice that I have something for me since everyone else is usually requesting most of my time.
     

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