Is anyone else done buying guitars?

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  1. juks

    juks Synchromatic

    Nov 26, 2020
    Fremont, California
    I was doing so well until this thread was started :(. I resisted temptation and then of course the day after I said I won't buy anything until I have enough for a falcon... I saw something on GC. NGD post to follow once it arrives...
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  2. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
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    Wow, popular topic.

    To butcher a Mark Twain quote: buying your final guitar is easy, I’ve done it dozens of time.

    Speaking for myself, I want for nothing, when it comes to guitars. I have what I would consider a balanced collection, and each guitar in it has a fairly distinct purpose. I’m at about the right level, with regard to storage space, so it would probably be best if I never bought any other guitars.

    The Classic Vibe ‘70s Tele Thinline I bought a few days ago fills a spot, basically as a beast of burden, so I don’t feel guilty when I go on a (string) bender with one of my Gretsch or with my other Tele, which has a bound neck, that would be expensive to re-fret.

    The only thing lacking from my collection is a single coil guitar, and if I were to find myself flush with money, I might consider one of the Caddy Green ‘57 Duo Jet RI’s. But realistically, I use the guitars I have and doubt that I’d be likely to play a gig on anything except one of my Tennies, so a Duo Jet would see little use.

    I’ve long felt that Gear Acquisition Syndrome reduces to an alternate-participation tactic related to musical frustration and that the real cure is to find more live playing opportunities.

    I’ve slowed down my gear lust considerably by pausing to think in terms of function. Every guitar gig I’ve played in the last five years has involved one, or the other, of my Tennies, and either is more than up to the task. I played one bass gig a few years back and took my Bass VI, which can do a reasonable imitation of a Jazz Bass and almost imitate a P Bass.

    All that being said, I could imagine that I might give in to temptation, one of these days. The house will be paid off in a couple of years, so I’ll have a bit of free change to work with.
  3. GretschPraise

    GretschPraise Gretschie

    Jun 26, 2017
    Tampa Bay
    Buying? Building, yes. This partscaster covers 90% of what I need. Occasionally, there's a tune that calls for a really fat, juicy tone- then the Pacifica 611 ( SD p90 and trembucker) comes out.
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  4. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Admin Post
    That is truly beautiful GretschPraise.
  5. El Marin

    El Marin Gretschie


    I am done. I will not have more guitars. Actually I should sell one. When I come back to Spain I surely will do. I am really happy with my guitars I use. Same Tele since 1998, same SG since 2001... no need for strats and LP. My 6120 is glorious and no need for another as mine is what I like. But have three acoustics and only need two. I gig, so I need a replacement in case of string break

    THAT doesn't mean that I maybe sell two and get one instead. I will not buy MORE guitars, but I may improve some I have.
  6. Brian Krashpad

    Brian Krashpad Gretschie

    Dec 29, 2020
    I'm close to being done, yes.

    Mais, jamais ne dit jamais.

    I bought a Pro Jet for myself for Christmas 2020, it was the first guitar I'd bought in over 3 years. No hurry for any possible next one.

    I'm pretty set. And also, out of storage space.

  7. Wozob

    Wozob Country Gent

    Jul 6, 2014
    The Netherlands
    I was pretty much done after buying my LTD Red Sparkle Duo Jet in 2015. After the release of the LTD Midnight Sapphire Penguin in the same year I wasn’t that sure anymore and bought that one also. I kept and will keep both as they complement each other and I’m really done in the electric department.

    Acoustically I have a Martin 000-18. I really like it, but since I have a few guitars I don’t use very often I’m likely to sell them. That means I might have funds to upgrade. Not sure yet if I want that though.

    So am I done? I guess I am close, but still considering a higher end acoustic Martin.
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  8. Cracked

    Cracked Electromatic

    Mar 25, 2021
    Good topic, I used to buy, sell and trade a bunch. It became kind of a addiction. About 5 years ago I decided to settle on a few i liked and stop the revolving door. I just bought a 5220 and a 5420t 50's. So, it seems I didn't last with my resolve. I am considering a expensive acoustic... Then I'm done.....
  9. pilgrim

    pilgrim Country Gent

    Jun 15, 2010
    I have actually found NEW GUITARS I bought almost 20 years ago, Gibsons and Fenders Like Syncro said dozens of times !
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  10. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    How many are you up to, Rev?
  11. CBHScott

    CBHScott Electromatic

    Feb 13, 2015
    Central OH
    Uhhhh, I may or may not have addressed the third bullet point over the weekend...:oops:
  12. hogrider16

    hogrider16 Gretschie

    Oct 18, 2017
    charles town wv
    I absolutely bought my last guitar. Now I’m looking at my next one. :D
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  13. paddycarroll

    paddycarroll Electromatic

    I need to slim down my collection, I have a bout 30 so I have been concentrating on acquiring early Gibsons Gretsches and Fenders, well as early as I can afford, and giving guitars away to relatives and friends that need them.
  14. Bob Perrone

    Bob Perrone Gretschie

    Mar 7, 2017
    allentown, pa
    Just turned 67 this year and after almost 60 years of playing I've had a large stable. Hi, my name is Bob and I have G.A.S. lol
    That being said, I have spent the last year thinning the herd drastically, only staying with my favorites or the guitars that have great sentimental value.
    After the last round of sell offs which brought the total sold to around 20, I have 14 left. I treated myself to one more acoustic being shipped from Japan - hand made and that will end the collection. I've kept only the best ones and my favorites.
    I'm pretty happy - although I can't say "never" going to get another - I may fall off the wagon!
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  15. birddog

    birddog Electromatic

    Apr 12, 2016
    Every time I say I am done I figure out I am not. Have resolved that I either need to stop saying I am done or stop figuring out I am not....
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  16. Nishplayer

    Nishplayer Electromatic

    Feb 23, 2021
    Bought my last guitar?!?!? I don't think so....and I'm only 66 so a few more years yet....and besides no known cure for GAS lol....

    In the past year I have sold guitars and bought a few more (gotta feed the GAS habit lol)....

    In 2020 I bought a 2012 sunburst American Standard with a black pickguard with Texas Specials in it (still have white pickguard but not original Custom Shop Fat '50s)....a 2010 Gretsch 6120 DSW (with cowboy motif and G brand....since traded for a Gretsch G5422TGT and $1750 cash)....a 2008 Gibson LP Standard (since sold....not a LP guy)....a 2018 Limited Edition Walnut Offset Am Pro Tele (and recently sold)....a 2020 Player sunburst Strat (sold)....a 2020 Messer Blues 28 resonator (sold a year later)....a 2020 custom Brown Bear Jazzmaster....and bought back my 2019 custom Brown Bear birch bark Tele....

    In 2021 a 2010 Larrivee L04 acoustic....a 2003 AVRI '57 Strat with Fralin Hot Vintage pups....a 2019 Am Pro Limited Edition Lightweight Ash Strat....a 2010 AVRI '52 Tele....and just bought a 2010 Gibson SG '61 three lap steels (including a vintage National and a Fender Studio Deluxe, plus a custom built Tom Pettingill)....

    The two Teles are staying as are the three well as Larrivee acoustic....and the lap steels....and the Jazzmaster....and the SG....and of course the Gretsch

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  17. Ricochet

    Ricochet Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    I’m done buying guitars but have started ogling pianos. For the kids, it’s all for the kids.
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  18. rocko

    rocko Electromatic

    I had in excess of 30 guitars in my collection and after therapy, I whittled it down to my Gretsch 6 pack, a 1936 Gene Autry flat top, and a 1935 Kay K30 archtop and thought I was cured. But then a couple of weeks ago I came upon a BC Rich semi-acoustic electric Warlock. I had never seen one and in a moment of weakness, I bought it. I guess, like many other addicts, I had a relapse.
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  19. Chet Harrison

    Chet Harrison Electromatic

    Apr 27, 2020
    I’m very happy with what I have, but I’m not done yet.

    And I pray that the good lord will grant me the patience and strength to pick only keepers.
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  20. dougmon

    dougmon Synchromatic

    Jan 9, 2013
    Understandable. I have a 61-key keyboard, but really, I need 88. ;)
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