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    Quote Originally Posted by LSchefman View Post
    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.
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LSchefman View Post
    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 ) 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.
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    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by slang05 View Post
    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.
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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.



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



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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aristotle View Post
    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.
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artist View Post
    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!

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    Longest: '95 McCarty (owned from 1995-2001 and again from 2007-2008)
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    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

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    Longest - 2003 Gibson SG bought new (the guitar I learned on, my first guitar)
    Shortest - crappy Tele copy (had it less than a month)

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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 11top View Post

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



    '76 was a good year for you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 11top View Post
    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....
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