Decisions, decisions, decisions

All my life I have been in search of the “perfect guitar”. That one instrument that gives me everything I want in tone, feel and playability. Of course, the longer I’ve played, the better I became and the more intricate my technique, it became less and less likely a single instrument could ever deliver everything I wanted. ¬†At one point in my life I was accumulating guitars at a break-neck pace. Buying new ones and unloading older ones. The I started buying other instruments to satisfy my need for other sounds.

Between my wife & myself we have a total of 13 guitars (4 electric, 9 acoustic), 2 bass guitars, 2 mandolins, 2 violins, 2 dulcimers, a drum set and various pieces of hand percussion. Storage and care of these instruments gets to be more and more of a chore, yet I can’t seem to find one that I would be willing to part with. And even though many of them go unnoticed for months at a time while I have my current favorite, I will go back to the others and remember why it was I bought them and what they provided that the others lacked.

I suppose the hardest part to deal with is that I really do want to have my one guitar that gives me everything I need. I just don’t think it exists. I even feel guilty about having so many instruments. I used to think my 1995 Taylor 812c was that perfect guitar, but I recently have gone back to my 1997 Taylor 810-WMB and am just smitten with the huge, all-encompassing sound of that instrument and the deep and sonorous low-end. It doesn’t have the delicate top end that the 812c has, but it has a power and depth that the 812c will never have.

If I could somehow magically meld these two guitars into a single instrument I would have my perfect acoustic. As far as the electric goes…well, that’s a story for another day.