1 Mel Waldorf 1 year ago I was talking with another guitar playing friend about the decision making process before buying a guitar. He thinks there are a series of rational reasons that then create an irrational urge to buy a particular guitar. I contend it's an emotional (irrational) decision that we then find logical reasons to rationalize. After reading the threads about how many guitars some folks here have, and how many guitars is enough, I suspect others here might have thought about this as well. Here are my most common excuses to myself: 1) a unique tone that I'll use for recording (i.e. a 12 string, or a baritone) 2) I want to get that sound like player X gets (in my instance, this might be Nokie Edwards, Dick Dale, Duane Eddy, George Harrison) 3) it's a good deal and I could flip it if I don't wind up loving it (this one also works with my wife) 4) it's different and could be inspiring So, what about you? How do you convince yourself that it's time to buy a particular guitar?