Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Northern California
Re: Largest personal guitar collection
This is what I used to do but on a smaller level with about 60 guitars mostly over a 10 year period of time. I got guitars mostly to have them. If it's one I didn't have but could afford, then there's a good chance I chased that one. One day I will post the pix.
I did get rid of all of them when I actually got interested in playing the things then I set out to get just one guitar that played well by me and one where I liked the sound. The rest of the effort these days is getting better on the thing and since music is such a huge field I will never master guitar so that one will keep me busy. I have a backup guitar but that's just to keep on playing. I no longer see the need to get something that doesn't get played.
But I do understand those who collect because it's fun and in the case of this guy with his thousands of instruments and amps, the historical preservation of them. At this point he should set up a museum since it's not regular stuff he has, but very rare pieces and probably a few one of a kinds. I like many of those lap steels which are early models which never took off (and were soon replaced by ones with more features) and they should be preserved. I also like failed guitars like Gretsch Penguin, Korina Gibsons, Fender Coronados, or any other models that failed to gain enough sales to keep them going. Guitars like the Gibson Corvus and Fender Katanas may not be pricey now, and still be considered used junk, but they didn't succeed and one day they will be as rare and valuable as those Coronados. Plenty of non-6120 Gretsch models are one year wonders with small production totals and they are now bringing in high prices on vintage market where thirty years ago you couldn't give one away.
While I think most instruments should be played I do understand some instruments are museum pieces (like Martin's first American acoustic guitar, Elvis Presley's Martin with four remaining gold trailer park stick on letters, various renaissance stringed instruments too delicate to tune to pitch (my professor had one), and Paul McCartney's Beatle bass when and if he retires it which still has the original Beatle's set list still scotch taped to the side.
Last edited by 63Blazer; 02-18-2013 at 01:35 PM.