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At the risk of having to rapidly don a helmet and Kevlar body armour....It seems to me that guitars are both works of art and made to be used. I might buy a work of art as an investment but I’d also make sure I enjoyed it by looking at it rather than leaving it in a vault in Zurich.Similarly, for me, guitars are made to be played. If they’re not played one could, quite cogently, argue that they had never been truly fully appreciated or even approached realising their potential.I am fortunate enough to own some guitars way beyond what my humble upbringing ever suggested might be possible or I ever imagined I might own. They are all looked after carefully, but they are also played (not as much as I would like) and the wear that results is part of the life and use that makes them part of my life and therefore enjoyed and valued for the joy they’ve brought.I have no intention of lying on my deathbed and regretting not playing them because their beauty somehow enslaved me, held me captive and prevented me from realising their full beauty as living, and vulnerable, musical instruments. I understand why people ‘collect guitars’ but somehow, I can’t help thinking they have somehow missed the point!As they say, your mileage may vary!But, whatever you do enjoy the guitars you have to the max!
.......at which one is no longer comfortable playing the guitar. It's not a new dilemma - my granny had a tea set which was completely useless because it was too beautiful to drink out of. So where do you draw the line?