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Unread 04-30-2006, 02:03 PM   #16
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I'd tell her to meet me half way and sell something of her's too.

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Unread 04-30-2006, 02:04 PM   #17
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My girlfriend loves music, so I don't expect this to be an issue...

however, if it's needed to make ends meet, I'd ask her if I could keep my favorite one and sell off what I cherish less. If all of them need to be sold to make ends meet, well I'd rather eat and live than play guitar and die. You can always buy more guitars.
My wife not only loves music but is a pretty good singer/pianist/guitarist and [it's] been an issue with us in the past but that was back when I worshiped the guitar itself more than the Lord or than her/our relationship (the two go hand-in-hand with the Lord leading).
Back when I did have too many guitars and we did need money (satisfying GAS on credit is stupid, period...yes, I said it) so I sold some nice guitars that I loved but did get to keep the ones I really cherished (the one my dad bought me and the one my wife bought me).
If I had to sell them, I guess I'd have to sell them but I would hope that wisdom and forethought would prevent that day from coming.
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Unread 04-30-2006, 05:06 PM   #18
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i wouldn't sell my guitar cause i only have ONE! that's right ONE! and who would buy a guitar that looked like it had been bashed against the wall several times? more like me trying to make my gf try to sell one of her bass guitars is a more likely situation for me.
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Unread 04-30-2006, 07:48 PM   #19
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I think Dave and Tom would agree that's it's a whole lot easier to replace a guitar than it is to replace a wife.

I found like some of the other married guys here that our guitars can become like idols, in a very sneaky way. God and our wives can sense when something else has first place in our lives. It just better be them.
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Unread 04-30-2006, 08:22 PM   #20
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I think I would just sell my wife...

wait...definently just kidding. She would be farkusly mad
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Unread 04-30-2006, 10:16 PM   #21
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No, because my most prized guitar isn't the most expensive. A couple others would go first... but if we really needed it, gone.

That said, if we were in that bad of shape, yes I would sell my guitars, though my amp would go first...

Any other answer seems to have priorities out of whack. Wife or guitar... which is your very flesh?
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Unread 04-30-2006, 10:20 PM   #22
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I dont think my wife would ever make me sell a guitar...I dont really have expensive ones though.
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Unread 04-30-2006, 10:52 PM   #23
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My guitar isn't really worth selling...I could probably make more money playing it on a street corner.
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Unread 04-30-2006, 10:53 PM   #24
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Sure. I only have one guitar and it's not even that prized
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Unread 04-30-2006, 11:52 PM   #25
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I think you guys (save Tom) are seriously missing some key points here.

First off, the most salient question of all, why on earth, Yoda, are you even asking? Is this purely academic? Or has your mother told your father to sell his favorite guitar?

Second, if my significant other came out of the blue and told me to sell or otherwise ditch my Utah, or make it something like an ultimatim where I'd choose between my Utah or her, frankly, the answer is very simple . . .

I would start to seriously rethink my relationship with her.

No joke.

Here's why: what kind of emotional issues would she be having that either a) she would be jealous of an inanimate object (assuming I didn't build a shrine to it and burn incense there every day), b) she would want to deprive me of something that gives me incredible joy and a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment, c) that she would be so passive aggressive that she would want to manipulate me into getting rid of her "competition", or d) that she was so emotionally unavailable or impotent that she can't simply express her feelings, that perhaps I spend too much time playing guitar or whathaveyou?

To be perfectly honest, and without any melodrama, that would scare the living daylights out of me! If she was a girlfriend, she'd be splitsville in a heartbeat, and if she was my wife, I'd seriously seek marriage counseling, but even then the prospects would be grim. (This all assumes I would have missed all the usual red-flags leading up to marriage or whathaveyou.)

That kind of lack of a emotional health and well-being invariably leads to a very unhealthy and disfunctional relationship, and that can be truly terrifying. I've seen what that kind of psychosis can produce (sorry to say).

So, if a gf or wife actually suggested that, and was for real about it, then that would either be a dealbreaker, or at least a major red flag would go up.

Incidentally, I don't think I could get anything for my Utah on the open market. I've had offers from collectors who like unique and interesting guitars, but it's not like I could pawn it real quick if my sig other and I were in financial dire straits and we needed quick cash.

But, that said, another wrinkle in all this is what's her contribution in all this? What is she going to give up, assuming there is some sort of justifiable reason for her asking you to do this.

What, is she going to sell all her favorite shoes, or even her entire shoe collection, save one or two pairs? She says you have too many guitars, but doesn't she have too many clothes, and in addition always complains that she doesn't have anything to wear?

What about her great-great-great-grandmother's broach? Remember? The one passed down from one generation to another. In addition to being an heirloom and time honored tradition, being that it's antique jewelry it could probably score $1K to $2K on eBay.

Exactly how balanced is this equation going to be? And, for that matter, how balanced is she emotionally?

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Yoda_me07
This is for the guy's of CGR,

If your wife/fiancee told you to sell your most prized guitar.
would you do it without hesitation?

here are some of the reasons.

1. you have too many
2. you need the finances.
I have a question for you.


If you were in a serious relationship like this, would you force your significant other to give up their favorite hobby/activity "for you?"

This is essentially what you're asking, you know. "Would you conform for the one you're dedicated to for life? Would you give up parts of yourself because they wanted you to?"


(If you should ask something like that of each other is another story. But I digress.)


That being said... I wouldn't ever ask Art to sell his most prized guitar. He currently doesn't have one, but that's another issue.

Psst. Chesh. This is guitar, not advice. *wink* I do see what you're saying, though.
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Unread 05-01-2006, 12:06 AM   #27
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Well Chesh, I live rather tightly right now. I can see needing to sell a guitar. In fact, my wife talked me out of selling my first guitar a few weeks back. She wouldn't do it. The thing is, if it were a tight enough situation to where she was asking that, I would bet my bottom dollar we would have jettisoned other valuables long before it came to the guitar. Heck, I inherited certain items specifically for such a time as that.

however, when it comes down to it, if times were rough enough, and it would have to be down to food or guitars, (I know my wife) then the guitars would go on ebay so fast it would make your head spin. I mean, the one I built would probably get some bids because there are the emg 81/85's I bought from MT in it.

The source of the question is weird, I will grant you, but I can see a time and place to ditch a guitar, but not one I built, heck, I might sell the emg zw's out of it long before that.

My wife likes my playing. She liks when I have softly written love songs to her on my electric... anyway, thats my more in depth take.
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Unread 05-01-2006, 12:07 AM   #28
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I don't think you can justify divorce over a guitar.

also, if you read his earlier post,
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i'm sure this arguement will come when i do get married.
it is inevitable
so i'm preparing
then you'd know
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Unread 05-01-2006, 12:08 AM   #29
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She would never ask me to (as confirmed above), but if we needed the money, yes, I absolutely would. And I would borrow hers. Anyhow, there are things I would start selling far before guitars. DVDs would probably be first to go (I have somewhere around 160), followed by computers (I have 3), followed by the TV, etc. Guitars are too important. Music is inspiring.
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Unread 05-01-2006, 12:11 AM   #30
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I see a problem (from initial post) with the wife TELLING her husband to see a guitar.


on the other hand, we have... at least 6 guitars and we have discussed selling some of them. Before asking Chris to sell his most prized guitar (whichever one that'd be) I'd be more likely to sell something of my own...
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