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crgtr
12-10-2012, 07:21 AM
My shortest would be Gretsch Dou Jet in Caddy Green. One week.
Longest would be my Hamer Steve Stevens. Owned, played & broken (headstock 3 times) since 1984.

south89
12-10-2012, 08:05 AM
My shortest would propaply be an ESP LTD Eclipse 1000 at about 2 or 3 months .
My longest would be this
http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/t490/MAlvord71/Possiblesales012.jpg

1994 McCarty. I bought off of ebay in 1996 or so . The one I like to call " the one that started it all "

docbennett
12-10-2012, 08:16 AM
I have flipped guitars within a couple of weeks if I decided that they weren't right for me. Ususally, this happens when I obtain a few guitars as part of a multi-guitar trade. I think my personal record for expeditious departures are my Wilcutt Ted McCarty and my Les Paul Lifesun Axis which I owned for less than 3 weeks each, along with my Thorn Artisan which left all within the same time period. To be fair, at least 50% of the reason for the rapid sale was to pay for those incoming that accompanied these acquisitions.

At present, the two guitars I have that I've owned the longest are probably going to stay with me for the forseeable future. My '93 Dragon-2 which I've had for 2.5 years, and my '95 Rosewood Limited which just recently hit it's 4th anniversary in my possession. Additionally, my PS #3340 is my heirloom piece which will never be sold and will be passed down to my kids or grandchildren.

t.shamone
12-10-2012, 08:20 AM
Shortest would be back in the 80's, a Charvel, two weeks max.

Longest is my Strat. Bought in the summer of 1980. It was modified beyond recognition and now almost restored to original.

Mikegarveyblues
12-10-2012, 08:21 AM
Shortest was a Schecter C1 Custom. Massive mistake with that guitar. Sorry Schecter!

Longest has probably been my Squier Standard Strat. Doesn't get played much but it was a birthday present from my girlfriend a few years back so there's sentimental value to it.

Don't think I own any guitars now that i'd consider selling for a minute. Couple of real cheapos but I keep them as knockabout guitars or guitars to experiment with in some way.

Boogie
12-10-2012, 08:39 AM
Shortest...tough one because I'm not a 'turner'. Probably the SE245 that I ended up 'splitting' with my son. Bought it with the intention of it being his, but soon thought that I'd own it since he came up short with his half of the money. So it was mine for about a week. Now I can't get close to it. :rolleyes:

Longest is easy...my first electric guitar, which I bought brand new in 1979 for $479...my Les Paul Deluxe. Still have it and gig it periodically.

JMintzer
12-10-2012, 08:54 AM
Longest?

My Martin D-35, purchased the Summer of 1976. Never to be sold...

Shortest?

A Nash Relic Strat. Kept it maybe 2 months...


Jamie

Twinfan
12-10-2012, 09:07 AM
Shortest - PRS SE II Soapbar. Had it under a week as I bought it to mess about with, but then immediately needed the funds for something else that came up for sale that I wanted more.

Longest - Squier JV Strat, my first elecric guitar. It's an '83 model bought in 1990, so I've had it over 22 years. It sits in its case, unfortunately, as I'm not a Strat man.

docbennett
12-10-2012, 09:31 AM
Shortest - PRS SE II Soapbar. Had it under a week as I bought it to mess about with, but then immediately needed the funds for something else that came up for sale that I wanted more.

Longest - Squier JV Strat, my first elecric guitar. It's an '83 model bought in 1990, so I've had it over 22 years. It sits in its case, unfortunately, as I'm not a Strat man.

JV Strats are great....I love the earliest ones that precede the decal "Squier" with a real Fender decal...made briefly circa Spring of 1982 and fantastic replicas of the '57 and '62 Maple and Rosewood necked Strats. If you're lucky enough to get one with the letter "A" in the neck-pocket....either keep it or sell it to me!
If you're really lucky, sometimes you can find one with the "red bottom" pickups that were both rare and very hot sounding. Comparable guitars to the "Fullerton Reissues" of 1982 that usually cost twice as much.

LSchefman
12-10-2012, 10:03 AM
Longest: '65 SG Special given to me by my brother in 1966, so...46 years.

Shortest: Taylor 110 bought to have something to play while my Tonare was being built. 6 months or so. I didn't care for it.

garrett
12-10-2012, 10:04 AM
Longest would be my Ibanez Talman, bought new in 1994. Shortest was probably the guitar the Ibanez replaced, a Peavy Predator owned about 7 months.

Twinfan
12-10-2012, 10:17 AM
JV Strats are great....I love the earliest ones that precede the decal "Squier" with a real Fender decal...made briefly circa Spring of 1982 and fantastic replicas of the '57 and '62 Maple and Rosewood necked Strats. If you're lucky enough to get one with the letter "A" in the neck-pocket....either keep it or sell it to me!
If you're really lucky, sometimes you can find one with the "red bottom" pickups that were both rare and very hot sounding. Comparable guitars to the "Fullerton Reissues" of 1982 that usually cost twice as much.

A is the fat neck version isn't it?

Mine doesn't have the original pickups any more, I traded them for some new fangled 'handwound' ones in the early nineties - David White Old Glories. They're as rare as hen's teeth now, and stay with the guitar as parts of its history :)

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12-10-2012, 10:34 AM
I've pulled guitars out of the case, set them up, played them, took pictures of them, put them back in the case, and listed them for sale.

I can tell whether or not it's a guitar I'll keep and play pretty quickly. It has to feel right in my hands, be well balanced (neck heavy guitars drive me bonkers), and play well acoustically. Some guitars I've owned never even made it to the amp. All that said, I never make a final judgement until after I do a thorough set-up.

The longest? My Guild D55 (Thanks, Russ!)

slang05
12-10-2012, 10:45 AM
Wow! My G.A.S. maybe the worst. The McCarty I just had I picked up Thursday and traded on Sunday this week. I once traded for a Les Paul at a store, drove a mile and traded it for a PRS SC..but just because I knew what I traded for the Les Paul, the other store wouldn't take for the PRS. I've done dozens of deals where all I did was buy a guitar of Craigslist, bring it home, clean it, restring it, set it up, take GOOD pictures of it and repost it. I guess that kinda defeats the whole purpose of this thread though..

I honestly trade and swap guitars WAY too much..really sucks. I figured out about a month ago that this year, I have averaged a new guitar every 15 days..what's sad is I've never had more that 3 guitars at any one time. I don't tell you this brag, because to me it's really sad..I hate it. One of my best friends bought a new Custom 22 in 97 and has played it to death. He gets jealous of me always swapping guitars, but truth be told, I'm jealous of him. I would KILL to be able to hold onto a guitar for as long as he has. The joy of knowing every scratch on that guitar was yours, or knowing exactly what to expect out of it in every situation. I would imagine its like a perfect pair of jeans..that guitar just fits him. It's more than a guitar to him - that's what I'm jealous of.

Part of the problem with me is my taste is extremely picky and expensive, my patience is extremely low , and my funds limited. I have 2 guitars now that I really love, but then again the guitar I traded last week for the McCarty was the best deluxe strat I have ever played! And it's gone! But in hindsight, I am glad I swapped it because I ended up with the CE22 that I love.

One of the worst parts about severe super G.A.S. like mine is the depression that comes with it. Sometimes I'll swap just to swap and trade something I really like and get something I hate. You know, trade for something you should like and it turns out to have no mojo at all. A few years back I traded a deluxe ash tele for a deluxe tele because I liked the color. Figured the sound and playability would be about the same. The deluxe tele I got was the Satan of all guitars. Played ok, but had the tonal qualities of a First Act guitar that didn't pass First Act's stringent quality control! Lol. I was seriously depressed because of the loss of such a special guitar, that I should NEVER have traded, for such a piece of crap. It was really bad. I ended up trading it, and a few trades later ended up with a PRS..sort of ended ok...

Worst part of this G.A.S. is my wife! Lol...when we first got together we were guitar buying fools. She was like a PRS savant. Knew everything there was to know about PRS, we would travel 100's of miles to find the best ones. Ran up our credit cards..really was a lot of fun until the credit cards got maxed...then the trading started..and she got a little upset. Well, years have passed and she's numb to it now. I use to be able to get really good opinions from her on trading, now her opinions sound like a rookie pitcher trying to remember the best cliche's to use in an interview! Don't get me wrong, my wife is an amazing person and just like anybody's wife who's husband has a PRS guitar, she gets it. She understands my desire for the nice top or the bird inlays, she just doesn't share the enthusiasm like she once did.

Anyway, this was therapeuti lol..thanks for reading. I feel like I should've started is thread with "Hi, my name is Eric and I'm a G.A.S.aholic"

Dirty Bob
12-10-2012, 10:57 AM
I still have one of my first guitars that I started out on...a strat copy that has turned into a frankenstrat. I still have my first PRS from 1994.

I would have to say the shortest I ever had a guitar was probably a couple of days....I bought a strat for one price from a store that didnt know what it was and flipped it to another store for double.

But I rarely do that...I don't like flipping gear for the sake of flipping. I like to buy for good value and protect my investment....althought I really don't like looking at guitars as investments...in the traditional sense. I just don't like taking a permanent impairment on my capital if I can avoid it. Which means I typically buy when there is a lull in the market or if a set of cirumcstances present itself that's too good to pass up. I am also very picky about the guitars I buy. If something isn't working out for me and I've bought it from a store with a good return policy...it's gone. I don't like keeping things for the sake of keeping them. At the same time I do not like the serial approach to flipping. So many people flip amps and pedals only to rebuy the same or very similar rig 6 months from now. If you end up with a good rig... keep it. If you are looking to expand your tonal horizon then do so additionally when you can reasonably justify it from a financial and practical standpoint. As a rule Family...and their Future comes first.

LSchefman
12-10-2012, 11:11 AM
Wow! My G.A.S. maybe the worst. The McCarty I just had I picked up Thursday and traded on Sunday this week. I once traded for a Les Paul at a store, drove a mile and traded it for a PRS SC..but just because I knew what I traded for the Les Paul, the other store wouldn't take for the PRS. I've done dozens of deals where all I did was buy a guitar of Craigslist, bring it home, clean it, restring it, set it up, take GOOD pictures of it and repost it. I guess that kinda defeats the whole purpose of this thread though..

I honestly trade and swap guitars WAY too much..really sucks. I figured out about a month ago that this year, I have averaged a new guitar every 15 days..what's sad is I've never had more that 3 guitars at any one time. I don't tell you this brag, because to me it's really sad..I hate it. One of my best friends bought a new Custom 22 in 97 and has played it to death. He gets jealous of me always swapping guitars, but truth be told, I'm jealous of him. I would KILL to be able to hold onto a guitar for as long as he has. The joy of knowing every scratch on that guitar was yours, or knowing exactly what to expect out of it in every situation. I would imagine its like a perfect pair of jeans..that guitar just fits him. It's more than a guitar to him - that's what I'm jealous of.

Part of the problem with me is my taste is extremely picky and expensive, my patience is extremely low , and my funds limited. I have 2 guitars now that I really love, but then again the guitar I traded last week for the McCarty was the best deluxe strat I have ever played! And it's gone! But in hindsight, I am glad I swapped it because I ended up with the CE22 that I love.

One of the worst parts about severe super G.A.S. like mine is the depression that comes with it. Sometimes I'll swap just to swap and trade something I really like and get something I hate. You know, trade for something you should like and it turns out to have no mojo at all. A few years back I traded a deluxe ash tele for a deluxe tele because I liked the color. Figured the sound and playability would be about the same. The deluxe tele I got was the Satan of all guitars. Played ok, but had the tonal qualities of a First Act guitar that didn't pass First Act's stringent quality control! Lol. I was seriously depressed because of the loss of such a special guitar, that I should NEVER have traded, for such a piece of crap. It was really bad. I ended up trading it, and a few trades later ended up with a PRS..sort of ended ok...

Worst part of this G.A.S. is my wife! Lol...when we first got together we were guitar buying fools. She was like a PRS savant. Knew everything there was to know about PRS, we would travel 100's of miles to find the best ones. Ran up our credit cards..really was a lot of fun until the credit cards got maxed...then the trading started..and she got a little upset. Well, years have passed and she's numb to it now. I use to be able to get really good opinions from her on trading, now her opinions sound like a rookie pitcher trying to remember the best cliche's to use in an interview! Don't get me wrong, my wife is an amazing person and just like anybody's wife who's husband has a PRS guitar, she gets it. She understands my desire for the nice top or the bird inlays, she just doesn't share the enthusiasm like she once did.

Anyway, this was therapeuti lol..thanks for reading. I feel like I should've started is thread with "Hi, my name is Eric and I'm a G.A.S.aholic"

I've said this before in regard to posts like this, but what you're after isn't a guitar, but simply the thrill of the new. That thrill only lasts for a short time, so then you're in need of another thrill, and what was exciting only days before becomes expendable.

The thrill of playing a great instrument should be the real object of the exercise of owning it of course. Not the thrill of buying. But for some reason, it's easy to forget that amongst all the NGDs, and "ooh, pretty top" and all the stuff that really, truly, is secondary and far less relevant to the purpose of the instrument.

So I don't know what to call it, other than "thrill spending" but since you're pretty clear on it making zero sense for you, financially and personally, you know that you have the solution in your own hands: keep one or two and play them, instead of going shopping for them.

Consider this: Stop looking for the "perfect" guitar, and just learn the instrument you have, in depth. Figure out what it can do, and make it work for you. Don't let yourself think about "well maybe if I only had..." Pretend you're on a desert island. Stay out of guitar shops. Don't browse ebay or the for sale threads on forums. Stay off of Craig's list.

Eventually you may find it more satisfying and exciting to be bowled over by how great you sound, instead of what kind of top is on the guitar. And then, having achieved a great sound, you may not want to part with that instrument. Too picky to accept your tone? Work on what your hands are doing. Try different picks (you'd be surprised what a difference a pick makes). Use the guitar volume and tone controls to get as close as you can. Use what's on your amp. Just don't go shopping to solve the problem.

It won't. Shopping does not solve the problem of too much shopping.

You will have what your friend has, and what you say you want; namely, an instrument that you bond with. A keeper.

It's my sincere belief that you can't bond with an instrument unless you play it for a while. It doesn't happen instantly. I think a lot of the guitar flipping that goes on is relatively neurotic; people looking for perfection that can't be attained, or if it is attained, can't be appreciated because they're always needing the next hit, instead of simply playing and learning.

Or looking for flaws instead of appreciating positive attributes. It's like breaking up with an intelligent, kind and beautiful woman because she has a birthmark on her butt.

There is no perfect guitar. But there can be perfect player-guitar relationships based on getting to know the ins and outs of the instrument, and really using it to its potential. Do that, and you will be cured of being a junkie. Fortunately, there's no physical addiction to deal with! ;)

I know a woman who is notorious for buying expensive clothing every single day. She buys stuff, returns stuff, buys more stuff. She had to rent a warehouse space to store clothing, 99% of which she's never worn. She sells some of her clothing on ebay. The point is, it's the same disease, different symptoms. Thank goodness her husband is a big earner.

I also have a very good friend who's into music in a huge way. He's been successful enough in life to buy a bank. Good songwriter, excellent guitar player. Has various real estate holdings, into lots of fun things, too. He has one electric guitar, a nice late 90s PRS CU24 in black. He loves it. Doesn't feel the need to buy anything else, even though he is one of those guys who can do whatever he wants and never, ever has to worry about $. He took the view that he's happy with what he has. That's honestly not a bad way to be.

You can do this. It's just a little self-discipline. I predict you'll enjoy being a guitar player more, not less.

John Beef
12-10-2012, 11:13 AM
Shortest - PRS SE Semi Hollow Soapbar. I had it a total of four days. Great guitar! Just wasn't going to work with our band.

Longest - 1994 Fender Japan Jazzmaster reissue. Bought used summer of 1995, and it was my one and only during my broke-ass college years '96-02. Wore out the frets and found a replacement neck that was cheaper than a refret. Refinished the body, went though a dozen pickups in it including a set of mini-humbuckers from a Gibson LP Deluxe. Sold it to help pay for the McRosie I bought from BostonGuitar in 2008.

AP515
12-10-2012, 11:15 AM
A few years back I turned guitars and amps to pay off a debt, so like others here I would get one, fix the things that were wrong that were the reason it was sold cheap, and then turn it for a few $xxx profit. I'd say the shortest was a week.

Longest is my 58 Martin. Been in the family since '58 and I was born in 62 so technically I've had it since the day I was born.

WEDGE
12-10-2012, 11:32 AM
Longest is a 3/4 size nylon string I have since I was four so that is 44 years, and an Epihone Texan I have had since the late 80's.

Shortest was a couple weeks but it was a pawn shop buy that I intended to flip. Nice Charvel.....paid $125 and sold it weeks later for $500 on the fleabay. Wish I kept it......

Dirty Bob
12-10-2012, 12:04 PM
I've said this before in regard to posts like this, but what you're after isn't a guitar, but simply the thrill of the new. That thrill only lasts for a short time, so then you're in need of another thrill, and what was exciting only days before becomes expendable.

The thrill of playing a great instrument should be the real object of the exercise of owning it of course. Not the thrill of buying. But for some reason, it's easy to forget that amongst all the NGDs, and "ooh, pretty top" and all the stuff that really, truly, is secondary and far less relevant to the purpose of the instrument.

So I don't know what to call it, other than "thrill spending" but since you're pretty clear on it making zero sense for you, financially and personally, you know that you have the solution in your own hands: keep one or two and play them, instead of going shopping for them.

Consider this: Stop looking for the "perfect" guitar, and just learn the instrument you have, in depth. Figure out what it can do, and make it work for you. Don't let yourself think about "well maybe if I only had..." Pretend you're on a desert island. Stay out of guitar shops. Don't browse ebay or the for sale threads on forums. Stay off of Craig's list.

Eventually you may find it more satisfying and exciting to be bowled over by how great you sound, instead of what kind of top is on the guitar. And then, having achieved a great sound, you may not want to part with that instrument. Too picky to accept your tone? Work on what your hands are doing. Try different picks (you'd be surprised what a difference a pick makes). Use the guitar volume and tone controls to get as close as you can. Use what's on your amp. Just don't go shopping to solve the problem.

It won't. Shopping does not solve the problem of too much shopping.

You will have what your friend has, and what you say you want; namely, an instrument that you bond with. A keeper.

It's my sincere belief that you can't bond with an instrument unless you play it for a while. It doesn't happen instantly. I think a lot of the guitar flipping that goes on is relatively neurotic; people looking for perfection that can't be attained, or if it is attained, can't be appreciated because they're always needing the next hit, instead of simply playing and learning.

Or looking for flaws instead of appreciating positive attributes. It's like breaking up with an intelligent, kind and beautiful woman because she has a birthmark on her butt.

There is no perfect guitar. But there can be perfect player-guitar relationships based on getting to know the ins and outs of the instrument, and really using it to its potential. Do that, and you will be cured of being a junkie. Fortunately, there's no physical addiction to deal with! ;)

I know a woman who is notorious for buying expensive clothing every single day. She buys stuff, returns stuff, buys more stuff. She had to rent a warehouse space to store clothing, 99% of which she's never worn. She sells some of her clothing on ebay. The point is, it's the same disease, different symptoms. Thank goodness her husband is a big earner.

I also have a very good friend who's into music in a huge way. He's been successful enough in life to buy a bank. Good songwriter, excellent guitar player. Has various real estate holdings, into lots of fun things, too. He has one electric guitar, a nice late 90s PRS CU24 in black. He loves it. Doesn't feel the need to buy anything else, even though he is one of those guys who can do whatever he wants and never, ever has to worry about $. He took the view that he's happy with what he has. That's honestly not a bad way to be.

You can do this. It's just a little self-discipline. I predict you'll enjoy being a guitar player more, not less.

Good post Les.

slang05
12-10-2012, 12:26 PM
I've said this before in regard to posts like this, but what you're after isn't a guitar, but simply the thrill of the new. That thrill only lasts for a short time, so then you're in need of another thrill, and what was exciting only days before becomes expendable.

The thrill of playing a great instrument should be the real object of the exercise of owning it of course. Not the thrill of buying. But for some reason, it's easy to forget that amongst all the NGDs, and "ooh, pretty top" and all the stuff that really, truly, is secondary and far less relevant to the purpose of the instrument.

So I don't know what to call it, other than "thrill spending" but since you're pretty clear on it making zero sense for you, financially and personally, you know that you have the solution in your own hands: keep one or two and play them, instead of going shopping for them.

Consider this: Stop looking for the "perfect" guitar, and just learn the instrument you have, in depth. Figure out what it can do, and make it work for you. Don't let yourself think about "well maybe if I only had..." Pretend you're on a desert island. Stay out of guitar shops. Don't browse ebay or the for sale threads on forums. Stay off of Craig's list.

Eventually you may find it more satisfying and exciting to be bowled over by how great you sound, instead of what kind of top is on the guitar. And then, having achieved a great sound, you may not want to part with that instrument. Too picky to accept your tone? Work on what your hands are doing. Try different picks (you'd be surprised what a difference a pick makes). Use the guitar volume and tone controls to get as close as you can. Use what's on your amp. Just don't go shopping to solve the problem.

It won't. Shopping does not solve the problem of too much shopping.

You will have what your friend has, and what you say you want; namely, an instrument that you bond with. A keeper.

It's my sincere belief that you can't bond with an instrument unless you play it for a while. It doesn't happen instantly. I think a lot of the guitar flipping that goes on is relatively neurotic; people looking for perfection that can't be attained, or if it is attained, can't be appreciated because they're always needing the next hit, instead of simply playing and learning.

Or looking for flaws instead of appreciating positive attributes. It's like breaking up with an intelligent, kind and beautiful woman because she has a birthmark on her butt.

There is no perfect guitar. But there can be perfect player-guitar relationships based on getting to know the ins and outs of the instrument, and really using it to its potential. Do that, and you will be cured of being a junkie. Fortunately, there's no physical addiction to deal with! ;)

I know a woman who is notorious for buying expensive clothing every single day. She buys stuff, returns stuff, buys more stuff. She had to rent a warehouse space to store clothing, 99% of which she's never worn. She sells some of her clothing on ebay. The point is, it's the same disease, different symptoms. Thank goodness her husband is a big earner.

I also have a very good friend who's into music in a huge way. He's been successful enough in life to buy a bank. Good songwriter, excellent guitar player. Has various real estate holdings, into lots of fun things, too. He has one electric guitar, a nice late 90s PRS CU24 in black. He loves it. Doesn't feel the need to buy anything else, even though he is one of those guys who can do whatever he wants and never, ever has to worry about $. He took the view that he's happy with what he has. That's honestly not a bad way to be.

You can do this. It's just a little self-discipline. I predict you'll enjoy being a guitar player more, not less.


You're like yoda! lol. You are absolutely correct. It is the thrill of a new instrument. That rush you get when you get it home and open the case..I do really love that first few weeks with a guitar, and then I get a negative thought on something stupid about it, and then fixate on it, and then that justifys me trading. And even though I feel I am a competent guitar player (i play in a a band, recorded a few cds, been signed etc) I wonder if my lack of attachment to 1 guitar for a period of time has hurt my growth as a guitar player.

Anyway, it's something I am working on, I know some people would laugh at a "guitar addiction" but it actually can cause some negative vibes. In my earlier post I mentioned a Deluxe Ash Tele that I loved that I traded, well I picked up another on about 3 months ago and still have it.. Thats a long time for me!lol. And this CE I just picked up is the 2nd time I owned it. I regretted trading it the first time and was able to get it back.. So, maybe I can stop. I certainly appreciate the positive, honest feedback. you nailed it on the head.

rugerpc
12-10-2012, 12:47 PM
Shortest amount of time at this point is 42 days (and counting). I bought a DGT on 10/30 of this year.

Longest is almost 40 years. My first guitar was a Fender F55-12 - an acoustic 12 string. I was in college (1973). I still have it.

Artist
12-10-2012, 01:07 PM
Stay out of guitar shops. Don't browse ebay or the for sale threads on forums. Stay off of Craig's list.

Great post from LS, but that line is the best piece of advice you can get. ^^

I can go years and years without buying a single piece of music equipment. As soon as I start looking at threads or eBay a severe GAS urge kicks in. I start acquiring and trading guitars, parts, some which I never end up installing, reading forums all the time and to the point where I am only thinking about this all day. My spending ability usually is higher each round, so I end up replacing everything for higher end stuff.

I am getting way better at controlling it, specially by getting honest accepting that at this point my actual playing ability is not at the level of the high end equipment I own. (<This is specially true after seeing CR and all the artitst play at ExperiencePRS :adore: ) Now it is not the equipment hindering my progress. Everytime I see something I want I remind myself that another guitar won't make me play better and what I need is to practice and practice.

May sound silly but it also helps a lot to watch those Financial advising shows like Suze Orman's to bring myself down to earth and realize the effect all this has on my finances and rethink my priorities. Seriously... watch one of those episodes and you will start getting the guilt trip. Then I have started to straighten out all my debts, savings, etc.

Try to stay off all of those and even this forum for a while.

slang05
12-10-2012, 01:12 PM
Great Advice Artist. I was on ebay just a few minutes ago! It's weird, because I love my new CE, makes me another one! I think I'll get off the internet for awhile and do some recording!

LSchefman
12-10-2012, 01:24 PM
You're like yoda! lol.

Ha! That's because I'm older than Yoda!

Hang around the universe long enough, and you pick up on a few ideas... ;)

Human civilization, being what it is, makes lunatics of all of us to a greater or lesser degree, and I assure you that I am among the inmates in this asylum.

sergiodeblanc
12-10-2012, 01:50 PM
I did really well for about ten years, I only played my silly skateboard guitars on stage and my CE24 and a LP classic for the studio and non-kitsch gigs, then last year I got a SE Tremonti in a trade, kept it for a week and traded it for my SE "O". I'm really trying to get down to only two guitars (not including nylon) but after selling my Tele a few weeks ago, I can't help but feeling there is a gap in my quiver that can only be filled by an EG. or maybe a 305. or perhaps another CE..... Damn, it's starting again.

Egads
12-10-2012, 01:58 PM
I keep waiting to hear MA Pete's record...

Up until a few years ago, the only way I could afford a new guitar was to trade up. I've held on to a Godin Protoype LGX since the mid to late '90s.

I had a satin orange SC 250 for about a year. Between the hot pickups, the weight, and amp I was playing, I just couldn't make it work for the music we were playing. I want it back, now, but not at the expense of something I currently own.

I also really want my 1st year Chet Atkins SST back, damn it.

aristotle
12-10-2012, 02:07 PM
I've never gotten rid of a guitar, so technically speaking, the shortest amount of time that I've owned one is the amount of time since my most recent purchase.

I still ask the question here that I've asked before in these sorts of threads. Although I don't "flip", I see nothing wrong with somebody who does it multiple times a month. If they're flipping used stuff anyway, are they really loosing money on it? I wouldn't imagine that they are, and even if so, probably not that much. I doubt that flippers ever really think that they're doing it to improve their tone or skill, or whatever. They just like doing it. Sort of like trading cards or high end watches or whatever.

clcwarlock
12-10-2012, 02:21 PM
The longest is 28 years, My 84 Warlock Nagoya, a Chrstmas gift from my late grandfather. The shortest was probably around 6 months. I need time to evaluate a guitar to see if I really like it although some I kind of know sooner than later. For the longest time I did not buy any guitars that were expensive and I seemed to always have problems with tuning and intonation to the point that I didnt really like to play. I learned guitar originally by playing with cassette tapes(Wearing Them out) by ear and over the years I have become sensitive to tuning in guitars. PRS changed all that for me because I dont think about that much anymore I just play.

11top
12-10-2012, 03:01 PM
The shortest may be this ME Quatro. I actually really liked this guitar, but I got it as part of a trade, and I needed to turn something.

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c395/11top/PRS%20ME%20II%20AND%20QUATRO/P1010927.jpg

The longest?
I bought both of these new in 1976 (36 years), and I still have both:

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c395/11top/GIBSONS/LP-BLACK.jpg

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c395/11top/ACOUSTICS/MARTIND411975SAMPLE.jpg

tiboy
12-10-2012, 03:04 PM
I don't recall the shortest, but I still have an Ibenez acoustic purchased new in 1980- 32 years and counting. Probably has not been played in 30 years.

Artist
12-10-2012, 03:05 PM
Although I don't "flip", I see nothing wrong with somebody who does it multiple times a month. If they're flipping used stuff anyway, are they really loosing money on it? I wouldn't imagine that they are, and even if so, probably not that much. I doubt that flippers ever really think that they're doing it to improve their tone or skill, or whatever. They just like doing it. Sort of like trading cards or high end watches or whatever.

I also see nothing wrong with frequent gear aquisition/trading, but when you max out all your credit cards, as Slang mentions, and your GAS is still going to the point that you can only trade to keep the aquisitons then I see it as something more serious. If it starts to affect your personal life, finances, relationship it is something to watch.

veinbuster
12-10-2012, 04:10 PM
I still own the first guitar I bought myself in about 1974.
The shortest I've owned one is the one I designed with my wife in April and picked up from Brent a few months ago.
I shortest time I owned one that is no longer in possession is a classical I passed on to my daughter after 20 years.

slang05
12-10-2012, 04:32 PM
I also see nothing wrong with frequent gear aquisition/trading, but when you max out all your credit cards, as Slang mentions, and your GAS is still going to the point that you can only trade to keep the aquisitons then I see it as something more serious. If it starts to affect your personal life, finances, relationship it is something to watch.

You know, I'd like to think it hasn't affected my personal life..But it has to some degree. I mean, my wife and I have a great relationship. We are the couple that everyone hates because we are so loving..but I know at times it gets old to her and bothers her. Again, it's minor. She's great about the whole thing. But I guess that's why I'm trying to get it in check now..I don't want it to be a major issue with us. I don't know if it ever could be...probably not, but why risk it? Funny thing is, I kept guitars for years and years before this outbreak!

I do however buy guitars and flip them to make a few bucks..I enjoy that! I have bought 3 or 4 American Strats off craigslist for $250-$300 just to sell. I don't lie to people or mislead them, I don't low-ball people either..But sometimes someone will post an ad with a strat for $300 with no picture or barely any description. After a few emails you learn its been under their bed for 10 years and its american made and rarely played and they just want to get rid of it. I had one guy that I told him if he had it restrung and cleaned up he could get 5 or $600 for and he said he didn't want to mess with it..Ok, I'll mess with it!

BostonGuitar
12-10-2012, 06:51 PM
Longest: '95 McCarty (owned from 1995-2001 and again from 2007-2008)
Shortest 2008 DGT Goldtop with moons (Now owned by Todd as the travelling goldtop Original PRS Factory Relic) 2008-2008

Rick
12-10-2012, 07:14 PM
The longest would be my Gibson. I have a '79 Paul that's been mine since ' 83 .
The shortest would be my 408 , but only 'cause I just got it 2 weeks ago.
I had an Ibanez 540 back in the 80's that I got rid of after about a month because I hated the neck
A good friend of mine loved it so I gave it to him as a gift
He tried to sell it to me a few years later , lol

prsrocker1988
12-10-2012, 08:19 PM
Longest - 2003 Gibson SG bought new (the guitar I learned on, my first guitar)
Shortest - crappy Tele copy (had it less than a month)

wilerty
12-10-2012, 09:40 PM
The shortest was a PRS SCT IRW that I had for about eight months. It was too heavy for me at about 9.5 pounds.

The longest was a Fender Strat Plus I had from 1988 to 2006. It was my only guitar for the first 16 years. It also weighed about 9.5 pounds ... but I was younger.

Egads
12-10-2012, 10:38 PM
The longest?
I bought both of these new in 1976 (36 years), and I still have both:

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c395/11top/GIBSONS/LP-BLACK.jpg

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c395/11top/ACOUSTICS/MARTIND411975SAMPLE.jpg

'76 was a good year for you!

iahawk36
12-10-2012, 11:45 PM
The longest?
I bought both of these new in 1976 (36 years), and I still have both:



Hey! That's the year BEFORE I was born!! He, he, he....

JMintzer
12-11-2012, 06:27 AM
Hey! That's the year BEFORE I was born!! He, he, he....

Get off my lawn!

11top
12-11-2012, 06:29 AM
'76 was a good year for you!

Understatement! I married the love of my life that year, and she's the best person I've ever known. I overachieved in 1976! :star:


And Andy.............bite me.

11top
12-11-2012, 06:30 AM
Get off my lawn!

Clint, that's hilarious!

JMintzer
12-11-2012, 06:36 AM
Clint, that's hilarious!

http://mysteriousuniverse.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/get-off-my-lawn.jpg

I actually sent this pic to one of my youngest daughter's former boyfriends. It was done as a joke, but I noticed he didn't seem to come around much after that... Go figure...

Oh, and I had shown him one of my Garands, as well. Think that might have had anything to do with it?


Jamie

rocguitar
12-11-2012, 08:56 PM
Longest.......45 years and counting:
1967 Gibson ES 335 TD (with Factory Bigsby). Bought this one brand new at Chuck' s in 1967, when Chuck Levin had his shop on "H" Street in Washington, D.C. (just a few months before his store was torched during the race riots in 1968!)

Shortest.....7 days (and counting):
2012 Gibson SG Special 70's Tribute. Got this one exactly 1 week ago today!

iahawk36
12-11-2012, 09:29 PM
And Andy.............bite me.

Love ya buddy!! :D

newfmp3
12-12-2012, 09:56 AM
Longest: Ibanez Roadster II at 27yrs old. Played the thing to death. First real guitar for me. Suprisingly the frets are still fine, works like a charm. Heck I've got a two year old Ovation who's frets are worse off then that Ibanez.
Shortest. WelI have never sold anything. I keep them all. They all got a story, but I do have another Ibanez from 1990, EX Series, that I just can't stand and knew it within weeks. It has sat unplayed for 22 years. Not sure why I never bonded with it.

I agree that it takes time to know a guitar. Some you know right away, some you don't. Believe it or not my first PRS and only PRS it actually took a few weeks before I was %100 in love with it. It was like it had to break in a bit.

Aldwyn
12-12-2012, 04:15 PM
Shortest = Les Paul R6. It just had too many problems out of the factory!

Longest = ~15 years, Fender Stratocaster Deluxe

markie
12-13-2012, 01:36 PM
Longest .......................... about 10 years

Shortest .......................... About an hour

veinbuster
12-13-2012, 01:45 PM
Shortest .......................... About an hour

Does that even count as owning?

docbennett
12-13-2012, 03:35 PM
Does that even count as owning?

It does if you've paid for it. :biggrin:

slowro
12-13-2012, 04:24 PM
15 years - 97 Fender Telecaster my first electric.
8 years - PRS Ce24

I must be the worst customer for guitar gear ever!

markie
12-13-2012, 07:17 PM
Does that even count as owning?


Only in a legal sense my friend ;)

JustRob
12-13-2012, 07:37 PM
2012 PRS Tremonti - 1 week
1983 American Std Strat - 26 years

I thought each of them would be the last guitar I ever wanted. At least now I can admit the GAS never stops.

Rango
12-13-2012, 11:50 PM
Shortest a couple of days - 52 Tele Reissue - didn't like the neck....

Longest 35 plus years for a Yamaha Acoustic that was given to me as a kid. I have a LP Custom that I bought for myself when I got out of school that I've had for 25 years! :D

Harker1440
12-14-2012, 06:51 AM
Longest 20 years: USA BC Rich Gunslinger 89 NAMM Guitar
Shortest 25 seconds to 15 mins : MA Pete's WL Ted. Open the case for the first time and was totally bummed by the color ( It have a more yellow tint in the pics ) that was the first 25 seconds and with in the first 15 mins I had already traded it.

OsirisProtocol
12-24-2012, 12:37 AM
I literally owned a guitar for a day. It was a SX strat. Bought it, got it home, hated it, listed it and sold it. Longest would have to be my PRS SCT sitting somewhere around the four year mark. Let's just say she's a keeper.

Hopeful Sinner
12-24-2012, 09:26 AM
I've never parted with one short of six months. If we don't bond by that point, it ain't gonna happen...

vchizzle
12-24-2012, 09:59 AM
30 days is shortest I think(LP that I returned).
'96 CU22 is the oldest.

solacematt
12-24-2012, 11:25 AM
Back when Mars Music was still open I bought a Godin guitar. I've always played with low tunings, and back then I used to tune to Standard A in the band I was in. The guitar sounded great in standard E clean and distorted, but they would not let me tune the guitar down to see how it sounded, so I had to buy the stupid thing. It lasted two days. I wouldn't have brought it back sooner but I hadn't been driving long and didn't know how to get there on my own :p
The longest I've owned a guitar was probably my old Gibson Flying V Hendrix Edition that I sold last year. I bought it in late '97 from Sam Ash. They accidentally mismarked it so I got it at a real steal and an employee got into a ton of trouble.

watelessness
12-24-2012, 01:28 PM
I have brought guitars home that i loved in the store only to return them within hours. On the flip side, I still have my late 80's Squier Strat that I bought in 1989.

mesa50w
12-24-2012, 06:50 PM
3 days...fender MIM strat ...always been a gibson guy, but picked up my PRS the other day and love it. First guitar beside a gibson that Ive loved. Just wish my PRS didnt have the trem...But i can live with it B-).


Longest is my 89 Les Paul Custom ...5 years, I'll never sell it