There’s Always Room for One More … Guitar, that is

David Reinstein,LCSW By David Reinstein,LCSW, 19th Aug 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/15oi6pv7/
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There's always room for one more of something... but what that might be will vary depending on who we are.

I Always Have Room for One More of These!

Having played the guitar (and a few other instruments) for many years, I am continually amazed at the attitudes of non-players who don’t appreciate the reality that there is always room for one more. Yes, there was a time when I had only one guitar that met my needs for many years. Then, one day, I realized that I was playing a mediocre instrument and began to find out about better ones.

Well, one thing led to another. In my case, the stable of current strings includes seven guitars, three ukuleles, a dulcimer and a banjo. How could I ever need so many? Good question, but the wrong question. It isn’t that I “need” them; it is that I want and love having them.

Each has its own tone, feel and personality. For those who understand such things, the current stable includes, specifically, the following guitars: Taylor 355 12-string, Gibson Songwriter Studio Deluxe CE, Martin HD-28, Larrivees P-03R and OM-09, Washburn J28 and an Art & Lutherie AMI. The Banjo is an old Lida frailing style with resonator and the dulcimer, a 1969 handmade Breen mountain-type. All three ukuleles are Lanikais and include a LU-21B (Baritone), CK-T (Tenor) and LSM-T (Tenor). I keep them all tuned and available all the time so when the mood strikes to play a certain something in a certain way, I am ready.

Most people who do not share the affinity with these instruments tend not to get it or agree. It would be unfair to expect them to get it.

I suppose that the concept of there always being room for one more can be applied a lot more universally than this. Always room for one more guest at dinner for the host types. Always room for another piece of art for those with the resources to collect such things. Always room for one more intimate relationship for the unsatisfiably promiscuous.

Need and want are sometime, perhaps even always, relative terms. I suspect that we ‘want’ something until we have it. Then, we ‘need’ it. I understand this with my stringed family but probably not with other things to which I am not personally attached.

One person’s need is another person’s frivolous waste of resources. C’est la vie!

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Banjo, Dulcimer, Guitars, Room For One More, String Family

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Clinical Social Worker (Psychotherapist), humorist, poet and musician, Born in Boston and a relatively unscathed survivor of the 60's.
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author avatar Vernazoa
20th Aug 2011 (#)

David one again, you amaze me.

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author avatar Songbird B
20th Aug 2011 (#)

I am now down to one guitar, but use to own several, I can certainly relate to this my friend...lol

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author avatar Buzz
20th Aug 2011 (#)

When I was in High School, I owned an acoustic guitar with which I played "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppellin as well as others. Also a classic guitar like Jose Feliciano's. They were my stepping to stone to learning to play the piano.

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author avatar Buzz
20th Aug 2011 (#)

Stepping stone, I mean.:D

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author avatar Neha Dwivedi
20th Aug 2011 (#)

great share David...

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author avatar Retired
20th Aug 2011 (#)

:-))

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
20th Aug 2011 (#)

I think I have 6.

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author avatar Retired
20th Aug 2011 (#)

Interesting...it seems we all want or need something...thanks for sharing....

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author avatar Sheila Newton
20th Aug 2011 (#)

Dear me! You're as bad as my bass guitaring husband who has as big a collection as yours, I'd say! But what fantastic instruments guitars (and basses of course!!!) are, my friend.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
20th Aug 2011 (#)

Wow, great article and collection:0)

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