How Many Guitars Do I Need?

How Many Guitars Do I Need?

It’s an age-old question. Is there such a thing as too many guitars?

I’ll be honest, I find it a tough question to answer. Mainly because I always seem to want another. I’ll be feeling pretty happy with the guitars I have, then I’ll suddenly start visiting guitar websites and looking at different models.

I don’t know why but I always seem to find a reason why I need to buy another guitar. It’s a curse at times. Especially when I can’t really afford a new one or when I don’t have any more space available.

I’m sure many guitarists are happy with just one or two guitars. I’m currently back up to 11. I had a major cull a few years ago but the number has been steadily creeping up again. I’ve added two in the last few weeks.

Solar Guitars A1.6ET

My Latest Guitar – Solar Guitars A1.6ET

Here’s the thing though, they all get used. I play each and every one of them and I use them all for different things. I’ve tried to build as varied a collection as possible so I always have a suitable guitar for whatever sound I’m looking for.

If you only play one style of music, or you only use a couple of tones them I can certainly understand how you’d be happy with a small collection. Just one or two would do for me if I only played one style of music. I’m constantly genre hoping though and I like to have the right kind of guitar for the job.

The sound also plays an important role. If I want the bite a Telecaster gives then only a Tele will do. If I want a thick neck pickup tone then I’ll probably reach for my Les Paul. I also find myself playing differently depending on which guitar I’m using. I don’t know how much of that is down to the tone and how much is the feel of the instrument but it’s a real thing. My playing can totally change depending on which guitar I pick up.

So back to the original question, how many guitars do I need?

For me, the answer is as many as I can afford and store safely in my home. I want as many options as possible when it comes to feel and tone. I’m a huge guitar lover and nothing beats the feeling of unboxing a new guitar and playing it for the first time.

For you? Answer in the comments section below. Let me know how many you currently own, how many you’d like to own and why.

 

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