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  • My “Guitarsenal”

    Posted by mcarlson_sb on February 4, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    I’m on week six of actually playing guitar thanks to TAC. Year sixteen of collecting guitars.

    Over that 16 years I’ve had multi year stretches where my guitars were purely decorative.

    I’ve given away several – to people who were actually learning and playing.

    But I’ve always held on to a few waiting for the day (today!) when I would actually learn to play them.

    One thing about my collection is that I focused on “cheap” guitars thinking “when I’m good enough to know the difference I’ll buy a ‘good’ guitar”

    What I recently learned is that with a proper set up these ARE good guitars.

    After way too many years I brought the Rover and Les Paul in for a proper set up at a local music store – and they are now both SO MUCH easier to play and sound great. I honestly thought it was just that I couldn’t play and was my fault. It wasn’t me. Proper set up matters

    Note to others:

    Bring your guitars in and have them checked for proper intonation and action.

    Okay, back to the collection.

    I have (from right to left) :

    A Washburn Rover R10 steel string acoustic with an add on button pick up

    An Epiphone Les Paul Special electric

    An Egyptian Oud I picked up in Cairo

    A 1967 Goya folk guitar

    A Makai MT-70A uke

    N-lightMike replied 1 year, 4 months ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • GerryB56

    February 4, 2023 at 7:38 pm

    That’s a pretty diverse collection! I have also fallen victim to the “not good enough yet to own more/better guitars” fallacy, but am getting over it😄

    Like you, too, I took my first acoustic (a Seagull Concert Hall Mahogany) to a friend to have the action lowered, and what a difference it made. Probably should get some of the others looked at sometime.

    I regret a little my years of dabbling, but now I’m finally on a good path and accepting that it’s the journey that counts.

  • N-lightMike

    February 5, 2023 at 11:26 am

    It great that you are using you guitars, @mcarlson_sb . And it’s good that you recognize that your less expensive guitars are good guitars. You can pay more, and it will get you something, but “good” isn’t one of those things. You can pay $5000 for guitar that you hate. You can pay $500 for a guitar that you love. I’m really glad you’re learning. The price of the guitar makes no difference; your enjoyment makes all the difference. That’s what’s important, that you make noise with your guitar and you love your own sound. That’s all.

    MG 😀

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