Wednesday, March 25, 2009

How many is TOO MANY?

When the harem got up to 10, I decided to keep it there. So, my next GAS attack found me trading a keeper for what would have, should have been #11. The next milestone was at 25. I mean, who in their right mind could possibly need/use/play/care for more than that? In about a year, that harem size had grown to 50, and I found it much easier to hold there. I held for a while, then somehow caved on a few GAS onsets. Darn thing shot up to 72 before I realized exactly how many I had. In taking that inventory, I became disappointed that I had a few I had not seen or played in years because they were in the rear of the closet. I made a conscious decision that I needed to thin out the duplicate guitars in all collectible AND non-collectible models. Not easy to do, but it was a smart thing. I'm currently down to about 55 and headed towards a cap of 50. My strategy is working because for every 3 or 4 I sell, I replace it with a CP Thornton model - the guitars I consider to be the finest on the planet. This is the only strategy that has worked consistently for me. I want to be able to display ALL my lovelies and have NONE hidden away in a closet. And I'm finding that I can live quite well with fewer net harem members as long as the quality of workmanship and playability of the new members remains high.

What about it, how many is too many for you?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

True Confessions

Come on, now... have you ever deceived anyone about exactly how many guitars you actually own? It's just hard to explain sometimes, isn't it? Lots of folks do because they'll never hear the end of it from someone who just can't understand. Tell us about it. What you did, why you did it, and how it turned out.