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  1. I also have a guitar I can’t play, but I keep trying. Well actually due to a friend wanting rid of one in a hurry I presently have 2, plus a banjo, a mandolin, a 3 string cigar box and a dulcimer. In my defense the banjo and mandolin were lovely old instruments but badly broken and going to be thrown out, so I rebuilt and renovated them. The 3 string and dulcimer are home made, because I like doing stuff and find instruments interesting. Like making Airfix models and balsa airplanes when I was a lad, but they all fell apart! Instruments stay together, much more satisfying, and you can at least make a noise on them even if it’s not as musical as one might wish.

    • I have just the three guitars and they make an interesting wall-hanging! In order of size – a Classical [nylon strings], a “standard” [steel strings] and a twelve-string. The main reason I haven’t really gone back to playing them is that my fingers [left hand] would be cut to shreds. Guitar playing is very sore until callouses develop on the finger tips!

      • Indeed, finger tips are the main problem! I used to have a 12 string but lost the ability for it a while ago, not just the lack of callouses but after a few minutes the strength in my fingers gives out, no longer enough for double strings. I gave it away to daughter’s partner, along with my classic Washburn 6 string which had a beautiful tone but less gentle action, he is a real musicians who can pick up almost any instrument and within minutes get a more than decent tune out of it. Doesn’t matter if it’s classic folk, death metal riffs or electric bass. He’s off round Europe in October with a band he drums for. I still have my Yamaha 6 string which is fairly light action and a Tanglewood hollow body electric/acoustic, that’s very light indeed to play but sounds quite dead without an amp. They are becoming increasingly ornamental as the years pass.

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