I Don't Need to Get Rid of Anything


Country Gent
I have never never sold any gear. I gave some, broke some, lost even more (I really don't remember how they went out of sight).
And I miss my workhorse Ibanez that vanished in the mid 90s, I even considered finding one but that would be a really stooopid move.

I have too many guitars (6) and too little room to store them. But I could not stick to my "one in one out" resolution when I bought my G5129. I'd immediately miss the poor little selected thing.

I tried to "lend" my G2655T to my son but he neither has no room to store it. That's the drawback for living in the "most beautiful city in the world" :)


Country Gent
Nov 1, 2008
Nah, I'm in the opposite phase now: wanting to reduce and simplify. Sort of a catch-22; in order for me to be happy with only a little gear, I have to BUY ALOT of gear I've wanted to try for years... that's the only way to know/get rid of GAS. So I've been buying for about 9 months now, and have a garage full of amps and pedals I need to sell.

I would LOVE to have a 1 great acoustic, 2 electrics, and maybe 2 amps. I won't ever get that "simple", because I enjoy too many different tones (solidbody guitar rock, hollowbody guitar jazz, Floyd rose whammy instrumental rock, etc...)

If it wasn't for that STUPID new IRS rule, I would have sold a bunch of stuff already. But until that ridiculous $600 threshold is raised considerably, the only way I can sell is locally, for cash only. Which sounds easier than selling on reverb, but I think it's actually way less convenient.


Dec 18, 2020
Yep, same boat. Finally got to the point where I'm basically in love with my roster and have zero desire to sell anything, except one Godin (a fantastic one) that just seems to stick around and draw no interest from buyers whatsoever despite the great price - guess it's a sign. Despite having around 15 instruments, I do play them all. With what I have, I want for nothing.


Gold Supporting Member
Feb 11, 2013
I have approximately 17 guitars. I have thought about selling some but when i try to decide which should go I can't part with any of them. They all bring me joy. Yes they all get played at some point and some times one will give me inspiration. A few times in the past I did sell a few that I hadn't played for a while. I advertised them on Craigslist and had interested buyers who wanted to come see them. Before they arrived I decided I should clean them up and change the strings. Suddenly the guitars sounded and played great and I had my original appreciation for them. I began to have sellers remorse and hoped the buyers wouldn't buy them. Unfortunately they did.


Country Gent
I've been consumed lately by the idea that I need to get rid of a bunch of guitars I don't play. I thought I should cut down to a handful of guitars that I might play sometimes. Given how little I use them, I should own one, maybe two guitars. But I've accumulated quite a few. Most however are guitars I've put together myself or refinished or had Englishman build for me. I have only a handful that are actual commercially available models. So most would have to be sold at a loss, if at all. (Only one got any interest here, and so far no bites on Reverb.) I realized today however that I don't need to sell any. I don't need the money or the space. I certainly don't need the hassle of selling on Reverb or eBay. I've donated a few in the past, but there are surprisingly few places that take free guitars. Why not just keep them? That's what I decided to do. I like them, they bring me joy in a Marie Kondo kind of way. I have plans to create a few more, but don't expect they'll lead to any financial benefit. It's probably a relatively harmless hobby.

Anybody else satisfied with not selling anything?
I have more paper clips than I need.
What is a good number to keep?

If it makes you happy & will go at a big loss, & you have no NEED being addressed, then why sell?

Mine are not redundant. Each one is quite different from one another. If they were all duplicates—that may be an unhealthy obsession. Certainly should I achieve double digit duplicates!

Giving some away involves feeling that they went to someone who could appreciate them, actually use them. No fickle dabblers. This is why I painfully weigh new purchases.

At some number a threshold may be reached, but I don’t know what that is. My wife seems to feel I have achieved that number.
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Country Gent
Oct 26, 2008
Los Angeles
I’m getting to the age where I need to think about what to do with all of my gear. I’ve sold the ones I never played and am down to the ones I can’t part with just yet. So my approach now is to see who I can give my guitars to. I have designated recipients for two of them, which leaves about 35 to plan for. At least I still have a few years to work that out.

Baba Joe

Gold Supporting Member
Feb 17, 2010
new jersey
I have been thinking about this for a while. No doubt that the last one standing will be a Gretsch and am seriously considering selling my others. After that it becomes a problem but at this point the number of toys isn’t as important to me and priorities/interests are changing. Never say never to buying something else, but the odds are fading.
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Country Gent
Platinum Member
Jul 13, 2008
Lehigh Valley, PA
I have thinned my herd -- mainly because of my age. In the event that I "expire" before my wife (and she is younger than I am) I don't want to leave her with a tone of stuff to sell or otherwise dispose of -- and she has names and contact info if and when that happens.

I'm down to 3 Gretsches and 1 Martin and that feels like a "right" balance for me....... But I am NOT recommending any "numbers" to anyone. "To Each His Own" -- go with what ever feels right given what ever circumstances.......


Apr 23, 2022
Manitoba, Canada
There's a magic number - a balance in our personal cosmos if you will. Mine's Seven. More, and I get the urge to sell. Less, and I get the urge to buy. Currently, my stock is the best I've ever had and covers all the bases. But, spring is coming...
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Friend of Fred
Platinum Member
Dec 27, 2017
Santa Cruz
I have been through a lot of guitars the last 3 or 4 years. I’m pretty set right now and happy with the 6 I have. I do have two others at the moment that are all set in their cases and will be off to a high end shop over the hill to be placed on consignment next week. The place has sold two guitars for me before. I’m tired of Craigslist and I’m content to take a hit on the price to not have to hassle the sale process.

I’m done selling and buying………Well, for now😇

JC higgy

Jun 6, 2008
Belfast Norn Iron
The last guitar i sold was 20 years ago,so....

I have thought about selling a few but can't bring myself to do it.

No,i don't like selling ,i have too many for the space i live in though but i still want a few more,some i will get,if i'm lucky, some i'll never get cause i'm not made of money and refuse to pay the mad prices that are asked these days.
Money, now i can always do with more of that,but who couldn't do with more money these days.

The last guitar i bought was 2 years ago so it maybe time to pick up another! :oops::)


Jul 26, 2020
Sometimes i'm thinking about thinning the heard to cut down on my gear overthinking.... i'm already overthinking enough stuff in life.
And then i'm thinking why not play my favourite ones more and then i start thinking about doing everything with less ..... oh man...
I don't know if i should sell some stuff or not.

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