thinning the herd - so to speak

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DavidReesDavidRees Frets: 120
so many of my guitars do not get played on any regular basis so I am tempted to sell them on where they might be used for the purpose they were intended retaining one or two that I should give more musical attention to - anyone else done that?
I guess the same thing applies to stage level amplification equipment when all my playing is done either at home or small rooms and I have no need of something that would comfortably fill a medium sized hall - I think I might find this liberating in a musical sense to focus on where I am actually at rather than have a bunch of stuff just in case I ever did that gig again - am I unwell, is this anti GAS heresy?
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  • BrizeBrize Frets: 3666
    DavidRees said:
    so many of my guitars do not get played on any regular basis so I am tempted to sell them on where they might be used for the purpose they were intended retaining one or two that I should give more musical attention to - anyone else done that?
    Yes, and it's a liberating experience. Especially the bit where you use the proceeds to replace the guitars you've sold with new guitars.
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  • skullfunkerryskullfunkerry Frets: 1598
    Brize said:
    DavidRees said:
    so many of my guitars do not get played on any regular basis so I am tempted to sell them on where they might be used for the purpose they were intended retaining one or two that I should give more musical attention to - anyone else done that?
    Yes, and it's a liberating experience. Especially the bit where you use the proceeds to replace the guitars you've sold with new guitars.

    I've never wished so fervently for the ability to lol and wis something
    Too much gain... is just about enough \m/

    I'm probably only member of this forum mentioned by name in Whiskey in the Jar

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  • Fishboy7Fishboy7 Frets: 853
    I like the idea of being a one guitar guy, but I keep changing my mind on what that one guitar should be.
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  • markblagdonmarkblagdon Frets: 1605
    Fishboy7 said:
    I like the idea of being a one guitar guy, but I keep changing my mind on what that one guitar should be.
    Just be satisfied with being a “play one guitar at a time guy” it’s much easier.
    Karma......
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  • DB1DB1 Frets: 2246
    Brize said:
    DavidRees said:
    so many of my guitars do not get played on any regular basis so I am tempted to sell them on where they might be used for the purpose they were intended retaining one or two that I should give more musical attention to - anyone else done that?
    Yes, and it's a liberating experience. Especially the bit where you use the proceeds to replace the guitars you've sold with new guitars.

    I've never wished so fervently for the ability to lol and wis something

    Right, as a compromise, I've lol'd this and wis'd @Brize ;- that covers all bases.
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  • grappagreengrappagreen Frets: 595
    Some of us have been known to partake in similar activities :)
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  • richardhomerrichardhomer Frets: 21248
    If you’re thinking of ‘thinning the herd’, do you have a ‘Lester’ by any chance? Or possibly play ‘P&W’? 
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  • DavidReesDavidRees Frets: 120
    @richardhomer 'fraid not ...
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  • HarrySevenHarrySeven Frets: 5178
    Brize said:

    Especially the bit where you use the proceeds to replace the guitars you've sold with new guitars.
    Story of my life...


    HarrySeven - Intangible Asset Appraiser & Wrecker of Civilisation. Searching for weird guitars - so you don't have to.
    Forum feedback thread.    |     G&B interview #1 & #2

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  • Dan_HalenDan_Halen Frets: 674
    It breaks my heart selling anything because I’m a massive hoarder... however I’ve recently sold a bunch of stuff (couple of amps, couple of guitars and a bunch of pedals) that I rarely used and bought a couple of awesome new (albeit used) guitars.

    I missed the old stuff for about the time it took me to spunk the proceeds on the new stuff. The new toys are things I’d lusted after for ages and I couldn’t be happier.

    Unless something is super rare or has genuinely big sentimental value you can just buy it again if you miss it. Especially amps and pedals. I think you’ll find once the new toys arrive the old stuff will quickly be forgotten about. 
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  • DrJazzTapDrJazzTap Frets: 1363
    I always think about it, I sold a tokai es130 last year. Didn't desperately need the money, but it helped. Kind of regret it, but the 335 bodyshape feels a bit big for me. 
    I only have four electric guitars, so I dont have masses. And i can't think I'd want for anything else.
    I would love to change my username, but I fully understand the T&C's (it was an old band nickname). So please feel free to call me Dave.
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  • At one stage I was at 9 guitars... then sold 7 of them before moving to the UK,
    had collected all those guitars based off of "but If I wanted this or that tone" 

    but now my attitude is the you can only play one at a time and moving into a one bed flat with a partner just stresses the need for a low number with storage,

    But I've just bought a 3rd as a project  =)
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  • joetelejoetele Frets: 604
    I've done this. Ten years ago, I had around 10 guitars. That went down to 5 after we moved house, and now I'm down to two electrics and one acoustic. Same with pedals - I had a board of 20 at one point, and now I've just got 9. And one amp. It's definitely liberating and means I spend more time creating than trying to get used to the latest guitar or pedal. 

    I was also trying to have enough guitars to cover every tonal base and style, when I eventually realised I'm not fussed on humbuckers and tend to favour singlecoils. 

    I even recently parted with my beloved Fender Tele I've had for over 15 years because I feel like despite loving the neck, I was constantly fighting it for the right sound despite various pickups I'd tried. 

    Now I've just got the Vintage V72 thinline Tele, which remains my favourite guitar, and the new Ibanez RC330T (NGD thread a bit further down on the Guitar section) which works nicely as an alternative to a strat. 
    Pedals. 
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  • mgawmgaw Frets: 3830
    I am having a clear out after coming to the conclusion that I am going to get better by playing the same guitar and becoming totally familiar with it and how it responds etc,   and Mrs Mgaw lost the plot a bit recently at the ridiculous amount of gear coming and going with no obvious purpose :)
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  • DavidReesDavidRees Frets: 120
    just in case you all think I'm going stark raving bonkers the proceeds from any sale[s] will at no stage be used for any domestic trivia and  are going straight into a box labelled 'music money'  :) I am just very mindful that some of the guitars, but certainly all the stage amplification equipment could be put to better use by someone else ...
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  • mgawmgaw Frets: 3830
    its a shopping addiction I have, got f all to do with guitars apparently :)   she is right in my case I play more when not shopping nd browsing and researching the next thing
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  • mark_jwedgemark_jwedge Frets: 245
    I did this recently and cut down from 12 guitars to 3 electrics and one acoustic. All get used regularly as I play in a number of bands and so need a main and spare for each in case of a disaster at a gig. Have also massively trimmed my pedals to a Revival drive compact, light speed and HX stomp. Just have a main 50w plexi style amp with small dv mark micro 50 head as a back up ( again in case of disaster at a gig) and one 2x12 cab.

    It was for 3 reasons mainly. Firstly I got fed up of carting so much stuff to gigs that I wanted to strip back to the bare essentials.

    Secondly I came to the realisation that rather than have lots of good guitars that I liked to play, I would prefer a small number of exceptional guitars that I love to play. So I sold off a load and set off hunting for the little number I have that I love.

    Finally I got a new girlfriend 18 months ago who is very supportive and like to come to see all the bands I play in. She said to me one day ‘why do you carry all those different guitars to gigs when they all just sound like a guitar’! And I realised that all you need to play live is a good sounding, solid guitar of your preferred type, not ‘one for Strat songs and one for Tele songs and one for LP songs’ etc.

    Best thing I ever did
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  • Rich210Rich210 Frets: 218
    It's a mathematical equation really... 

    The right amount of guitars equals 1 less the amount that would get you divorced

    (nD-1)

    For all us singletons it's simply

    (n+1)

    Don't be taken by Marrie Kondo, she's never played a guitar.
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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 19751
    Over the past 6 months or so, I've been through that purging thing and really cut down on the number of guitars.

    I think it went down from 45 to 44.

    Or it might have been 44 to 43.

    I'll probably take a partsa apart soon too, so that'll be another one gone, at least until I turn it into a replacement partsa.

    To be completely honest, it's been a while since I counted them.


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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 8282
    TTony said:
    I'll probably take a partsa apart soon too, so that'll be another one gone, at least until I turn it into a replacement partsa.
    So dismantled partsas aren't counted?  I think I'd agree, I probably have enough parts lying around to make about 20 guitars but I wouldn't include them in a count.  Interesting that we all have our own stock control and recognition policies.
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  • rossirossi Frets: 1037
    I have settled on three .A Gibson Midtown ,a parts caster  Strat with a Fender roasted maple neck I like and a really tatty tele made out of Squier Joe Trohman neck thats got a seized truss rod nut  and other  cheaper makes castoffs..They all have about 1 0- 12 radius necks .
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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 19751
    Philly_Q said:
    Interesting that we all have our own stock control and recognition policies.
    Sometimes I count them with my eyes closed  - that always helps
    :D
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  • skullfunkerryskullfunkerry Frets: 1598
    Not just guitars; freeing yourself of a lot of unnecessary stuff is very liberating. A few years ago I went through a life change that resulted in me being able to fit all my worldly possessions into a storage unit not much bigger than two phone boxes.

    I wouldn't wish the journey I took to get to that point on anyone, but the end result was a pretty good feeling
    Too much gain... is just about enough \m/

    I'm probably only member of this forum mentioned by name in Whiskey in the Jar

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  • thebreezethebreeze Frets: 1441
    I had 6 guitars when I decided it was much more sensible, and musically beneficial, to go to just one guitar.  At the moment I've got 8 which seems like progress.
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  • HAL9000HAL9000 Frets: 6149
    I like the idea of owning fewer guitars and amps but could never go to just one of each. Makes sense to always have some kind of backup.

    The other issue is that a couple of my guitars have sentimental value (50th birthday pressie from Mrs9000, and one bought with inheritance money from my dad) so regardless of whatever else I buy these two will never be sold. As much as I think I’d like fewer guitars, the truth is I’ll probably always own four or five.
    In my hand I hold a piece of perforated paper
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  • DavidReesDavidRees Frets: 120
    if the current promised sales go ahead I shall be down to two - now to pay attention to the amplifiers and speaker cabinets gathering dust ...
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  • At one stage I was at 9 guitars... then sold 7 of them before moving to the UK,
    had collected all those guitars based off of "but If I wanted this or that tone" 

    but now my attitude is the you can only play one at a time and moving into a one bed flat with a partner just stresses the need for a low number with storage,

    But I've just bought a 3rd as a project  =)
    And I've just bought a partscaster body
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  • mgawmgaw Frets: 3830
    just bought another Telecaster :) unstoppable GAS
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  • I'm well aware I have to much stuff and would dearly love to thin down but I can't sell my first ever, the partscasters and self builds will never realise what I think they're worth, and of course I need to have a bass, acoustic, 12 string (acoustic), classical and mandolin...

    On the plus side, I'm not one for amps and pedals: Vox ToneLab SE for the stage and a Blackstar Fly for home. But I do have a lot of band PA and lighting too.

    Rich210 said:
    Don't be taken by Marrie Kondo, she's never played a guitar.
    She says you should hold your stuff and keep things that "spark joy" and that's kinda what got me into this mess in the first place. =)

    I have another guitar arriving in a couple of hours.  :o
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  • PhilW1PhilW1 Frets: 451
    Sorry wrong thread ,  thought was more about the Royal Family!
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