- Apr 17, 2013
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yes, it is nice to have different axes with different characteristics. i personally don't want 10 of the same thingThere are lots of reasons why we buy the guitars we do, and not all of them are, or need to be, musical. I grew up poor, playing one borrowed or cheapie own guitar at a time. I was glad to have anything. For most of my life, I had one guitar, sometimes one I made myself, at a time. Fine. Then, several decades into my career (not music) I hit a point where I got a big bonus and realized I could just buy whatever guitar I wanted. And numerous, if I wanted. It was a big day in my life when I could walk into a great music store, not feel like a trespasser, and see if maybe I wanted to buy one. I ended up spending $5K. This will never be defensible on practical terms, as I am a proficient non-professional. But it allowed me to experience my own growth and achievements and professional standing in life in a really rewarding way. I've acquired a small number of great guitars since then. I think most of us do our GASsing for different reasons, including mine, and as so many of you have said, the goal is to enjoy these meaningful and enjoyable experiences but not to get compulsive or just habitual about it, because without restraint, the enjoyment gets briefer and shallower and unrewarding... it just becomes collecting, which to me is either business or hoarding -- treating guitars as objects, not instruments for something.