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Forum topic by bunkie posted 08-10-2012 08:46 PM 1072 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-10-2012 08:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: guitars routers madness humor

This came up on another thread in the form of “you can never have too many guitars”. Before I get started, letl me say that if I was half as skilled/talented as the folks here who build guitars, I might not feel the way I do now and ther would be no limit at all…

I currently have about ten guitars of various types. I play in a rock band, so I definitely need at least one of them. Why ten? Good question. Since I play both bass (only occasionally) and acoustic as well as electric, one could argue that the minimum number is three. But then there’s the acoustic bass which, truth be told, I’m more likely to play when jamming with friends in my living room. So that makes four. But then there’s the issue of single-coil versus humbucking pickups. So that makes two electrics and we’re up to five. Oh yeah, every guitarist faces the Tele vs. Strat question so that makes six. And then there’s the maple fretboard versus rosewood question so I need to have two Strats. Damn, we’re up to seven. Since a true guitarist should have at least ONE Les Paul, well, that makes eight. But wait, didn’t I already address the single-coil vs. humbucking question? Well, yes, but being a bit of a maverick, the Parker I had to have already covered that. Sigh. So how to get to ten? Well, I have a small apartment in the city and a weekend house and it just wouldn’t do to haul my acoustic back and forth so I need a second acoustic. Nine it is. That’s it, ten is just too many! Sadly, one of my oldest guitars, an incredibly cheap Applause acoustic I bought way back in my bachelor days, bit the dust last month when the top separated. That took care of number ten. I just can’t bear to toss it out as it was my only acoustic guitar for many decades and it got me through a lot.

By the way, feel free to substitute the words “router” or “hand plane” for guitar should you need to feel a bit closer to this madness…


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#1 posted 11-15-2012 12:30 AM

What no archtops? if you have not heard the projection a carved top “F” hole guitar can produce then at least 11 should be in your stable.

-- "Ya but what does he know anyhow?"

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#2 posted 11-16-2012 10:59 PM

23 so far… yea I know it is a sickness…..sigh I need one of those “twelve step” programs…
(standing) My name is Jeff and I keep buying guitars and tools and wood and plastic model kits and…........

-- I'm not a fast woodworker nor a slow one. I'm a halfaste one

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