#1
I always feel bad getting a new guitar or something....
For those of you out there with multiple guitars, how do you decide which you want to play?

I usually go with what's easiest accesibility wise
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#2
To a certain extent it depends what I want to play. If I'm playing an electric with a clean noise, I'll usually use either my telecaster, my semi or my doubleneck if I want the 12 string option.

If I'm playing something heavier, I have a couple I favour when playing rhythm and a couple of others I favour when playing lead, but then when I'm recording I usually try all of them for different parts to see which I prefer. Even though the majority of them all have twin humbuckers, they're obviously all different when listening to the final product.

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#3
what?

i think you're talking about how nearby the guitar is? why the winky face? is it amusing that you are lazy?

why do you feel bad? is it your gripping addiction to consumerism that pains your conscience?

i have an electric guitar and an acoustic and a classical and a bass guitar. i play whichever i'm in the mood for i suppose.
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#5
i just pick the one i feel like playing. Also depends on what i wanna play, as i have one with humbuckers (in E), one with singles (in Eb) and one classical.
#7
Quote by JustRooster
My challenge is always 'which amp' not 'which guitar.'

That's an easy one for me. If I'm playing my bass, I use my bass amp. Otherwise I use my guitar amp.

How do you decide?
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#9
got an ESP for metal, Gibson les paul for Rock, and a gretsch for my Funk-rock-jazz band:P
#10
Quote by GaryBillington
That's an easy one for me. If I'm playing my bass, I use my bass amp. Otherwise I use my guitar amp.

How do you decide?



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#11
depends on what tuning I want. I use my schecter fr for E standard songs, and I use my Ibanez for any other tunings. Lately been using my Ibanez for mostly everything because Im learning and put some fretdaddy stickers on it(they make life a bit easier), and I got tired of EMGs sound. Also depends on what song I want to learn/play. Lately Ive been into X Japan(awesome band) and most of their stuff is in Eb, so Ibby it is.
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#12
Quote by GaryBillington
That's an easy one for me. If I'm playing my bass, I use my bass amp. Otherwise I use my guitar amp.

How do you decide?

no really
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#13
whichever is closest usually
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#14
For me, I do research first then test play what's available. I ask my self questions first: What do I want out of a new ax? Tone? Aesthetics? Different scale lengths? etc. Then i hit up google for reviews and samples and do some virtual comparisons. When I feel I've amassed enough information I head to the music store, see what they have and play them for myself. The final and most crucial deciding factor for me is how comfortable the guitar is to play. things like price or color all take a back seat. If I enjoy having it in my hands, I'll enjoy playing it and if I enjoy playing it I'll play more.

EDIT: Upon rereading the prompt I've determened I misunderstood it the first time. I thought he was asking how we picked up new guitars, not how we pick up ones we already own.

DERP.

The answer's pretty much the same though. I go by what I'm feeling at the moment. That might mean I'm in the mood for humbuckers, so I grab my SG. I might be in the mood for a longer scale length, so I grab my Tele. I could be in the mood to play something more mellow or laid back so I grab my friend's acoustic. It's all whatever
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#15
my guitars were picked to cover certain styles or sounds. i pick the one that will do the job. i think that most guys with multiple guitars have them for the same reason. the only time i would have 2 guitars that were really similar in sound is if one was menat to be a back up for live gigs.
#16
^ +1

or different tunings

or if i just felt like it

but yeah generally it'll depend on what i feel like playing, that'll pretty much dictate which guitar I pick up.
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#17
i toss a bra at my cases.


the case it get's hooked on is the one i play.


edit: now if there happens to already be a bra hanging on one i don't have to toss a bra, so it saves time.
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#18
If I want to play a song in D standard, It's the Dean Vendetta. If I want to play a song in standard, It's the razorback. If I want to play a song and have it suck really bad, I'll play the Squier.
#19
Quote by Panasonic3
what?

i think you're talking about how nearby the guitar is? why the winky face? is it amusing that you are lazy?

why do you feel bad? is it your gripping addiction to consumerism that pains your conscience?

i have an electric guitar and an acoustic and a classical and a bass guitar. i play whichever i'm in the mood for i suppose.


THANK YOU FOR SAYING IT!

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#20
For me it's the whole concept of based the sound and feel to match the selected song or use 1 as a MAIN..
#21
I have one Strat with a JB/59 combo, one with Texas Specials, and one with Lace Sensor Golds. It really depends on what style I plan on playing. My pickups were put in for the same reasons monwobobbo stated.
#22
Depends. Some days I want a really bright tone for everything. Those are the Epi times.
If I wanna play metal/shred type stuff I pull out the Rg1570, hard rock/ blues rock goes to the rg370 because the stock pups are great for rock and its in lowered tuning. Some days I even use my 81/85 set, but most days they just sound lifeless to me.
#24
For me, rather than wasting money to buy racks for useless guitars, I'd just stick with one guitar and sell the others. It's really hard to not sell those good-looking guitars, but you still want the best tone out of your guitar sound, right? Besides, if you want a guitar with the best quality control, then stick with that guitar and stay there. From there, it's best that you try improving on your skills rather than choosing which guitar to play. It's basically preference.
#25
What. Guitars sound very different and you could have 20 with completely different musical purposes. Ntm having guitars for other tunings.

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#26
Does anyone here own an ESP? I would like to purchase one and would like some advice concerning the specs and such
#27
Quote by ragnarr023
Does anyone here own an ESP? I would like to purchase one and would like some advice concerning the specs and such

What?

If you want advice concerning the specs, go to a website which stocks them and look at the specs there.

If you mean you want to know if they're worth buying, go to the review pages & read all about them.

At the end of the day though, the only way you can decide if you want to purchase one is to actually go out and try one to see if you like it or not. No amount of posting on threads can do that for you.
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#28
Quote by parhelia_0000
For me, rather than wasting money to buy racks for useless guitars, I'd just stick with one guitar and sell the others. It's really hard to not sell those good-looking guitars, but you still want the best tone out of your guitar sound, right? Besides, if you want a guitar with the best quality control, then stick with that guitar and stay there. From there, it's best that you try improving on your skills rather than choosing which guitar to play. It's basically preference.


You're playing live on your ibanepiphsonjackmasterq with a floyd and wanking out some obnoxious solo in the elusive Abjazzminorphrygian scale over an Em drone while the bassist and singer stare blankly into the empty crowd and the drummer plays some fills trying to pull you into the actual song, when suddenly your high E snaps! Your entire guitar is out of tune, requires a re-string, and is basically out of commission and you're still on the first song! Then what can you do but hang your head in shame as you mope in the corner?
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#29
Quote by gregs1020
i toss a bra at my cases.


the case it get's hooked on is the one i play.


edit: now if there happens to already be a bra hanging on one i don't have to toss a bra, so it saves time.


do you tune to DD
#30
Quote by parhelia_0000
For me, rather than wasting money to buy racks for useless guitars, I'd just stick with one guitar and sell the others. It's really hard to not sell those good-looking guitars, but you still want the best tone out of your guitar sound, right? Besides, if you want a guitar with the best quality control, then stick with that guitar and stay there. From there, it's best that you try improving on your skills rather than choosing which guitar to play. It's basically preference.

that's gotta be the most naïve post i've seen for a long time

first of all learn what quality control is. a guitar cannot have quality control. a production line usually has quality control at the end of it. nonetheless, the best quality control in the world could mean consistently shitty guitars.

it seems like you've got this idea in your head that there is a "best" guitar that just sounds better than everything else for any style of music you can think of. there isn't, do yourself a favour and stop believing that there is.

final thing - in what way does having more than one guitar to choose from detract from improving your skills? (that was a rhetorical question, btw)


ok, on topic, recently i've been separating my guitars into categories of what i want to use them for and setting them up to what i find appropriate for that particular job which is really maximising their suitability to that particular style of playing. and then i choose which guitar to play based on what style of music i feel like playing or what kind of tone i feel like messing around with

usually goals that i'm working towards at that particular determine what guitar i play when i'm in "work" mode, too.
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#31
Depends on what I want to play. Both of my guitars are in Standard tuning. But the X-50 has EMGs and the RG560 has a Seymour Duncan. So they both are different tone wise and feel wise. If I'm feeling like playing something fast, with some tapping and a lot of bending or some other crazy techniques, I go for the Ibanez. Reason being is because the action is so low and with a ton of bending it always stays in tune. X-50 is set with higher action so I can hit it harder and it sustains better than the Ibanez.

So it depends on what I'm feeling. I play both everyday though. Sometimes when I have a riff I'm working on I play it on both to see where it sounds best. I feel like certain songs work best on each guitar.
#32
Quote by DimebagZappa
What. Guitars sound very different and you could have 20 with completely different musical purposes. Ntm having guitars for other tunings.

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Well, can't you use droptune pedals for dropped tunings? Unless it's like Celtic tunings and stuff, etc. Then it's okay to have more guitars. Btw, my apologies for those who say that I'm off-topic. I was just trying to say my own opinions here.
#33
Quote by parhelia_0000
Well, can't you use droptune pedals for dropped tunings? Unless it's like Celtic tunings and stuff, etc. Then it's okay to have more guitars. Btw, my apologies for those who say that I'm off-topic. I was just trying to say my own opinions here.

you can artificially drop tune but it's just not as good as physically dropping the tuning for reasons that will be pretty obvious to you if you've ever tried one of those pitch-shift pedals.

it's not just different tunings that are a reason for having a bunch of different guitars, though, it's different sounds, different setups etc.

each of the guitars i have has a particular purpose, whether it's as an all-round workhorse, something i use for a specific playing style that is set up more appropriately for just that specific thing i want to do with it, or something to take apart and put back together again differently to try to create something new out of it, or to practice more in-depth maintenance like fret-leveling and such
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Boss TU-3, DS-2, CS-3, EHX small stone, Danelectro delay
Laney VC30-112 with G12H30 speaker, or Session Rockette 30 for smaller gigs
Elixir Nanoweb 11-49 strings, Dunlop Jazz III XL picks
Shure SM57 mic in front of the amp
#34
Quote by Blompcube
you can artificially drop tune but it's just not as good as physically dropping the tuning for reasons that will be pretty obvious to you if you've ever tried one of those pitch-shift pedals.

it's not just different tunings that are a reason for having a bunch of different guitars, though, it's different sounds, different setups etc.

each of the guitars i have has a particular purpose, whether it's as an all-round workhorse, something i use for a specific playing style that is set up more appropriately for just that specific thing i want to do with it, or something to take apart and put back together again differently to try to create something new out of it, or to practice more in-depth maintenance like fret-leveling and such

Okay, thanks for the stuff!
#35
I have my 12 string accoustic on a stand to hand all the time.
If I'm recording I choose my electrics for which ever sound I want, same at rehearsals or gigs.
If I'm just practicing, it's usually either my Strat or my SG Classic, on some occassions my old SG if I'm feeling sentimental lol.
#36
I ask myself 'Do I want to play my high-quality eight-string, or my average-quality six-string?'

Or 'Do I want to play everything, or fiddle around in D standard or drop C or some other variation?'

99% of the time it's a non-issue.
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