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whats the perfect min. number of guitars?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by slinger, Sep 19, 2017.

  1. slinger

    slinger Friend of Leo's

    Mar 7, 2013
    wild west
    after owning dozens of guitars I am down to 5...Ovation ..Archtop ..Tele..Strat..and..B bender Strat..I am torn trying to thin the herd anymore and just happened to have bought a multi guitar stand that fits 5-7...these 5 guitars cover every style that I play....I think I have arrived !..
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  2. beagle

    beagle Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 20, 2010
    One. More are a bonus, or a millstone, depending on prevailing circumstances.

  3. Stratohacker

    Stratohacker Tele-Holic

    Apr 18, 2013
    According to Einstein:


    For me:
    Les Paul
    Arch Top (ES-175)
    something with P-90's (considering a custom build for this one)

  4. Plumber

    Plumber Tele-Meister

    Jun 5, 2014
    Collings Acoustic
    Kauer Jnr P90
    Chavel super strat

    Looks like 5

  5. Paul Jenkin

    Paul Jenkin Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Aug 17, 2017
    Essex, UK
    I'm a newbie who's been lucky enough to buy a few to try. When I've learned enough to decide on which I like best / what musical style I like playing best, I'll whittle them down - possibly to one or two + a bass guitar (+ an acoustic - unless the acoustic is one of the main couple of guitars I envisage having as "keepers").

    I don't think there is an ideal minimum - you'll be guided by your desires and whether those desires can fit in your wallet.

  6. jackinjax

    jackinjax Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Sep 11, 2016
    I think it depends on the style music you play and your level of expertise. I've had six guitars at the same time, but, nowadays I'm down to three.
    For me, I'm good with a single coil Tele, a humbucker LP, and my trusty old acoustic.
    I don't play slide, wouldn't know what to do with a b-bender, and can't hear much difference between a solid body and a semi-hollow.
    That's just me. To each his own.
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  7. Texsunburst59

    Texsunburst59 Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 16, 2005
    Texas Gulf Coast
    This is what I think covering my basses is, and thus MY min. is.

    1) Fender Stat
    2) Fender Tele
    3) Fender Jazzmaster
    4) Gibson Les Paul Standard
    5) Gibson ES-335
    6) Gibson LP Jr.
    7) Gibson SG
    8) Gibson LP Deluxe (mini hums)
    9) Taylor or Martin Dred.
    10) Superstrat (HSH or SSH)
    11) Fender P-Bass
    12) Fender Jazz Bass
    13) Classical Guitar.

    I had to edit because I forgot a classical guitar.
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2017
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  8. hemingway

    hemingway Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 14, 2012
    London, UK
    I don't really want any more guitars, but I am in the annoying position of having to buy a bass.

    I have imposed on my friends enough by borrowing theirs for recording. Got to bite the bullet.

    I have no interest in basses, I just need one.

    This is when having too many guitars gets annoying
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  9. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Feb 26, 2014
    South London UK

    Les Paul or other solid body humbucker type
    Good semi acoustic, suggest 335
    a P90 guitar, suggest SG or LPJr
    12 string electric
    folk acoustic (I'll exclude classical)
    One guitar with a whammy bar Gretschy type or other preferred
    electric bass
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  10. fatcat

    fatcat Friend of Leo's

    Jul 6, 2010
    Very Deep South
    It's about 4 or 5..
    Each electric needs it's own amp.
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  11. Lobomov

    Lobomov Friend of Leo's

    Jul 15, 2013
    I'm in the x+1 camp

    1. Strat
    2. Tele
    3. Archtop
    4. P90s Gibson

    And missing is
    5. Something with humbuckers to replace the LP I sold.

  12. TigerG

    TigerG Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Aug 14, 2015

    2 electric 6-strings, both with a Hipshot Trilogy (two, so as to have a backup when a string breaks onstage)

    2 electric 12-strings, one tuned standard, one open D

    1 electric baritone with a Hipshot Trilogy

    One acoustic
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  13. hekawi

    hekawi Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 29, 2003
    greenville, sc
    Martin acoustic
    12 string
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  14. radiocaster

    radiocaster Friend of Leo's

    Aug 18, 2015
    I would say 3:

    0. screw acoustics, I don't even own one.
    1. A guitar with single coils
    2. A guitar with humbuckers
    3. bass

    and 4-5 backups of each, at least.

  15. Ricky D.

    Ricky D. Poster Extraordinaire

    Oct 22, 2006
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    I'm good with one, a real nice Tele partocaster. Covers my bases - just one base - mine.

  16. P Thought

    P Thought Poster Extraordinaire

    One is the right answer. I know it, beagle knows it, you know it. But I can't get there either. Can't decide which one.

    Edit: I have tried to stay minimal. One dread. One classical. One 12-string. I got carried away building teles, but even there: one tele; one esquire; one dual P-90; one single P-90. One storebought dual humbucker. Lately one "bucket list" Tak jumped the fence, and there are a couple other stragglers in the herd as well.
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2017
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  17. brobar

    brobar Tele-Holic

    May 30, 2017
    Perfect min number of guitars? One
    Perfect number of guitars? Depends
    Perfect max number of guitars? No such thing
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  18. raysachs

    raysachs Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    May 21, 2017
    Near Philly
    I've spent almost my whole 40 year playing life with 2, one electric and one acoustic, and for the vast majority of that time, those have been a Strat and a Martin - I'm on my second of each these days. For how and how (not) well I play, having more than one of each wouldn't be any benefit. At the moment, I have 2 1/2, with a tiny little SX travel sized acoustic that I spent all of $140 for in the mix. But I'm also currently spending a week at a lake house in Maine and I brought my full size Martin, NOT the travel guitar, so I'm not sure how long that little axe is gonna last.

    I'm sort of gassing to add a tele to the mix, but GAS is all it is. A tele wouldn't add anything except for an occasional change of pace - I don't play any differently with a tele than with a Strat. I know from plenty of experience that when I'm playing a tele I miss having the strat's options available and when I'm playing a Strat I don't miss anything but maybe an extra beer or hour of TV at night. If I still want one when my next birthday rolls around, maybe I'll get another Baja - I had one for a while when I was shopping and liked it a lot, mostly for the neck but also for the semi-Strat like sounds it has in its switching options. Well, my Strat has a neck I like even more and all of the Strat sounds I could wish for, so adding a Baja wouldn't be anything but GAS.

    So, two is definitely the perfect number for me. Which does NOT mean I'll necessarily be smart enough to stick to 2...
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  19. Big_Bend

    Big_Bend Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 19, 2010
    Houston, TX
    5, always 5

    telecaster (or something with 2 single coils)
    stratocaster (or something with 3 single coils)
    les paul (or something with 2 humbuckers or 2 P-90s)
    something hollow (335, gretsch etc, preferably with a bigsby)
    a nice acoustic

    5 guitars is the perfect minimum... I'm good. :cool:


    More is better of course... but at least 5.
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2017

  20. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    1 Chester (Gretsch Chet Atkins) - any model/pickups you like
    2 Lester (Gibson Les Paul) - any model/pickups you like
    3 Telecaster - any model/pickups/brand you like
    4 Steel String acoustic, your choice
    5 Nylon string acoustic, your choice
    6 Bass with roundwounds
    7 Bass with flatwounds
    The Magnificent 7!
    So, I own one more guitar than I need.
    I have two Les Pauls.
    I'm not going to throw the extra one away, though it may become trade-bait.
    I haven't owned a good, gig-worthy tube amp in ten years.
    I think I'd like a Super or Pro Reverb, or a JCM 800 combo.
    I do not "need" a thing.

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