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#1
This probably is a stupid question, and I know you skill doesn't determine how many guitars you can have, but I'm 15 and don't have a lot of cash. I don't wanna buy another guitar and have two if I don't feel like I'm good enough to actually need two. How good should I be to have two guitars? (what songs/techniques should I be able to know/play)

Like this kid has 5 guitars and it's obvious that he deserves all of them due to how he plays.

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#2
When they starting gigging or playing important shows. That way, if one breaks or malfunctions, that other one is there as a backup. Once you start getting serious, then there might be different tones you can achieve with different guitars and it's easy to switch guitars if the song you're playing is in a different tuning.

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#3
I have 6 electrics (+2 acoustics) and I'm pretty much terrible. xD
If you can afford another guitar and you want it then get it.

Yes on the one hand you want to feel like you 'deserve' new gear but on the other hand getting new gear will make you more interested in playing so you should get better anyway. Works either way really. (in my experience)
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#4
you are good enough to deserve a second guitar when, and only when, you are good enough to be able to distinguish the differences in the sounds the two guitars make.
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#5
Quote by sloppyjoe24
When they starting gigging or playing important shows. That way, if one breaks or malfunctions, that other one is there as a backup. Once you start getting serious, then there might be different tones you can achieve with different guitars and it's easy to switch guitars if the song you're playing is in a different tuning.

+1
#6
When you want one and can afford it.

Who exactly gives a crap about deserving anything? If you can buy something and want it then why the hell shouldn't you?
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#7
dpepends if u need gear or not,if u are happy with your amp,pedals etc i cant see why not.

I have 4 electrics,3 acoustic electrics and 1 bass.
#8
I own a total of six, and I play decently, I'm no alex skolnick though...I just love guitars. :/
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#9
Yngwie has way more than 5 guitars, I guarantee it
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#10
^ he keeps them in a pile in his trailer.


TS - what amp are you using?
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#11
Whenever you can afford it and want it in my opinion. I've got 6 guitars (2 steel strings, 1 nylon string and 3 electrics) and I've been playing a bit short of 2 years, very poorly self taught.
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#12
I've got six aswell and will soon be adding a 7th and an 8th.
Guitars:
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LTD Alexi-200 Black(Death Adder pickup & Gold OFR)
Agile Interceptor Pro 727 7-string
Jackson JS30RR rhoads
Jackson DKMGT
Squire telecaster

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Bugera 6262 212 loaded with WGS veteran 30's
#13
You have to ask yourself why you want a new guitar. If it's to get different tones or you don't really like how your current guitar(s) play, just get them. But if you want a guitar because it looks br00tal or because it looks cool towards the chickz you don't deserve them.
#14
You deserve more guitars as often as you can afford new ones!

I don't consider myself that great, but I got 5 electrics, 1 bass, 1 acoustic and I'm already planning my next one
Collecting/maintaining/fixing up guitars is as much of a hobby to me as playing them is.

Seeing as you're 15, don't worry about it. Play what you got to its potential.
That's probably what most of us did with what we had at your age and couldn't afford to buy anything new.
#15
Quote by sloppyjoe24
When they starting gigging or playing important shows. That way, if one breaks or malfunctions, that other one is there as a backup. Once you start getting serious, then there might be different tones you can achieve with different guitars and it's easy to switch guitars if the song you're playing is in a different tuning.

Yeah cuz everyone's goal is to gig
There are those who only play as a hobby, and couldn't give two shits about gigging.

OP: You "deserve" a new guitar when ever you either:

A: Feel like buying one

B: Want a different tone

C: Any combination of A and B
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#16
when you feel one guitar isn't catering to your needs in guitar tone and feel.

i own a few and each is for a specific thing. i do consider myself a good guitarist and feel with specific guitars i can enhance my playing further than if i used one guitar for everything.
#17
Well it seems you are good enough to start getting GAS. Gear Acquisition syndrome,we all get it. I'm not even sure how many guitars I own and don't deserve any of them I feel like I have a bunch of neglected step children. I feel as long as you are playing them and having fun go ahead and get you a 2nd guitar
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#18
I have 2 electrics.
I use one for standard and the other for drop D.

I should say get 2 if you have to share, need to change tunings often with a Floyd Rose or need a backup.
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#19
I suck at guitar, that's why everytime I got a new guitar, I sold the old one. The reason being that everytime I bought a new one I considered it an upgrade. My first guitar was an Epiphone LP special II, which is just a TERRIBLE guitar.

So once I had the money and I had been playing for allmost a year, I only wanted to change my old POC. Since I wanted to try a small semi-hollow, I got myself a PRS semi-hollow. This was a good guitar, and probably an instrument that is suitable for someone way above my playing skills.
But I never bond with the guitar really, I thougt I would grow to like it, but it simply didn't happen. So I sold it to a friend of mine, and with a bit of extra money I got my current Yamaha SG, which I love .

If I buy a new guitar, it would be to get it tuned to C standard, but I feel like I could use a new amp and effects first. I couldn't really justify getting a new solid body electric for the same tuning, since my SG does everything I want her to (thx to the coil tap which is pretty good).

So my answer would be: Get one when the new one feels like an upgrade (and then sell the old one), or when you want some other tuning/tone you can't achieve with your current guitar.
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#20
I suck at guitar too... but I buy my own guitars and as long as my family doesn't go without I don't really give a rats @ss what anyone thinks. I am currently in Iraq and when I get back I am hoping to have a gibson les paul studio tribute 60 waiting for me... am I good enough to deserve it... hell no... do I deserve it... hell yes...

nuff said

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#21
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you are good enough to deserve a second guitar when, and only when, you are good enough to be able to distinguish the differences in the sounds the two guitars make.

+1

I've gone through a lot of guitars over the years simply because I didn't know what I was buying (and I didn't really know what I wanted in the first place). After 15 years of playing I'm finally at a point where I know exactly what kind of guitars I want, for very specific reasons. It's taken a long time and a lot of playing hours to get to that point.

I'm not saying you shouldn't buy more guitars. Hell, if you have the cash then fill your whole house with them. It's your money. Just take the time to learn what you like, what fits your hand, what suits your playing style, etc. Don't just buy one because it looks cool or because that's what "so-and-so" plays. Make sure you're buying instruments for the right reasons.
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#22
Why should it matter? Buy one when you feel like it. You could have 20 guitars and be the worst player in the world. You could also be the best player in the world and only have 2 or 3 guitars. No one really deserves guitars. Just get one and play. That's what I do. Even though I only have 2.
#23
I'm receiving my 13th in may it's not a matter of what you deserve, but what you want.
I like having many guitars to use as backups on stage, and I like to be able to have a lot of different sounds, and they all play different. Depending on my mood, I might want to play on one more than on another.
#24
How you decide to spend your hard earned leisure money is your business and nobody else's, simple as that. Just like you wouldn't tell anyone else they shouldn't have so many video games because they suck at all of them
#26
Want it? Buy it, it's your money.

Try to avoid just buying guitars and gear for the hell of it (unless you've got a load of money to spend, in which case go nuts =P) but if you try out something and it feels right then definately buy it if you want to.
#27
I've only been playing two months and already I have two guitars. Started on acoustic and picked up an electric right away. I say, if you want it, go for it!
#28
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When you want one and can afford it.

Who exactly gives a crap about deserving anything? If you can buy something and want it then why the hell shouldn't you?


+1

nobody seems to care about deserving anything else, so I don't see why guitars should be any different.
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#29
No such thing as deserving, but I would say you shouldn't feel bad about getting another one whenever you feel you need an additional or different one.
#30
It has nothing to do with if you deserve them or not, the real question is can you afford a new one, if the answer is yes well then go for it, I did as you can see here:
#31
you'll never be good enough to deserve a second guitar. It's not like owning a guitar is a privilege.
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#32
I'll be the outcast and say you shouldn't really have multiple guitars until you can play quite a few different songs and know your shit pretty well. If you are still practicing open chord changes and barely know a scale, then why distract yourself with another guitar when you should be focused on learning technique and theory? Answer: you shouldn't.
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#33
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I'll be the outcast and say you shouldn't really have multiple guitars until you can play quite a few different songs and know your shit pretty well. If you are still practicing open chord changes and barely know a scale, then why distract yourself with another guitar when you should be focused on learning technique and theory? Answer: you shouldn't.

While I agree that learning how to play is the most important thing, you should honestly consider the following (hypothetical) situation:

- You have a terrible guitar and a decent amp. You absolutely cannot play on the guitar you have because your hands cramp up badly. Because of this last thing, you find yourself unable to practice anything and therefore you suck. You have about $500 from whatever source, but your old guitar was a gift, has sentimental value, or won't get you a dime when you sell it.

Kinda hard to form a single opinion to fit every case.

My input on when to buy a second guitar is "When you can think of more than three reasons to buy it".
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#34
There's no such thing as "deserving" a new guitar. There's no age limit either. If there is a guitar you want, save the money and buy it. Skill doesn't matter either. I mean, just look at how many shitty drivers there are on the road. Do you think they deserve to buy a new car?

Same goes with amps. A year-and-a-half ago when I was 16, there was this shithead at a guitar shop (customer, not employee) who told me that I was "not old enough to own a tube amp" and that I should be getting one of those "small combos with a lot of presets" instead of the Peavey JSX I was saving up to buy (at the time; I changed my mind at the last minute when I heard the Jet City JCA100h).
#35
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It has nothing to do with if you deserve them or not, the real question is can you afford a new one, if the answer is yes well then go for it, I did as you can see here:


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#36
Why not?

If you can afford it, I mean really. What's the worst that could happen? Even if you're not the best player right now. Someone get's jealous of you? oh no!



Seriously, if you can afford it I don't see why not.

I would be quite content with 2 guitars, but as of right now I don't need another one. (I have yet to see an affordable guitar that I prefer over my Edwards)
Plus I still need a new amp.....
#37
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There's no such thing as "deserving" a new guitar. There's no age limit either. If there is a guitar you want, save the money and buy it. Skill doesn't matter either. I mean, just look at how many shitty drivers there are on the road. Do you think they deserve to buy a new car?

Same goes with amps. A year-and-a-half ago when I was 16, there was this shithead at a guitar shop (customer, not employee) who told me that I was "not old enough to own a tube amp" and that I should be getting one of those "small combos with a lot of presets" instead of the Peavey JSX I was saving up to buy (at the time; I changed my mind at the last minute when I heard the Jet City JCA100h).


That was me.


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#38
I have 2.. one is mid range (schecter damien FR) and the other (in the pic lol) is the starter guitar I learned to play on.

I think my damien has enough sound range to satisfy my needs, so I don't really need another guitar. Also, it looks like a bamf.
#39
For some reason, this thread reminded me of those Levy's Guitar strap ads I see in Guitar World mag. The ones where theres a guy and he's treating his guitar better than his girlfriend, and the girlfriend is in the background looking majorly pissed. LOL

Having more than one guitar could be like that. You're cheating on your main one :-)
#40
It doesn't really matter, I've seen 9 year olds who can barely strum a chord, and own awesome gear. I think I know how you feel though, I've felt that way too, that guilty feeling of getting something you don't deserve. Don't worry about it, as long as you are sure that's what you want, and aren't going to quit playing guitar anytime soon, by all means get whatever you want it you can.
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