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    Musicman syndrome... is there an explanation?

    Surfing on the MM Facebook groups or on this forum, I can't help noticing that many MM players tend to own several MM.

    And I'm not talking of owning different models, which is understandable : many of us own several identical MM : JP's or Morse's or Luke's or AL's... You name it.

    Back in time when I owned Fenders, Gibsons, Parkers, Andersons, ... I never felt the desire to have 3,4,5 times the same guitar model.

    Yet, I really couldn't swear I'll never add another AL. Or two.

    Why is that so common among MM owners?
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    AL SSS BFR Pinkburst
    AL SSS Neptune Blue
    AL HH Starry Night
    AL HH Candy Apple Red
    AL MM90 Sparkle Turquoise
    L3 HSS Olive Gold

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    The desire to become awesomely freaky (see my sig) is strong!

    In my case, I have duplicates strung with different string gauges (e.g. a Silo Special with 10s and one with 11s) or small variations in wood/construction (e.g. Luke II regular and Luke II BFR, original Majesty and Majesty Artisan).
    "The more of our stuff you have the more awesomely freaky you become." -- BP

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    It's like "a Jeep thing" ...most folks just wouldn't understand.
    Good point for a thread... good thing I don't have that problem.

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    I wouldn't be surprised if that's not due to the company we keep vs. your average guitar player NOT on forums/FB groups.
    Normalizing for ALL MusicMan owners, I think we'd be to the top of the curve :P

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    For me, part of it is that EBMM keeps tweaking, making them better and adding cool colors, and I want them....but I still like the ones I have and can't bear to part with them. Like I've said before (and without trying to make it sexist), women have shoes....we have EBMMs.

    2016 PDN Starry Night Cutlass (Natural Headstock)
    2010 Barolo JPX (Piezo, Inlays, Matching Headstock)
    2007 Bahama Blue Sparkle Back BFR Luke (GC Exclusive)
    2007 Blue Dawn LE JP6 (Piezo, Inlays, Matching Headstock)
    2006 Dargie Delight I Luke (No Piezo, Natural Headstock)
    2005 Sapphire Black JP6 (Piezo, Inlays, Matching Headstock)

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    well..there are maple fretboards,and rosewood..need at least one of each....humbuckers,and of each,single coils,here we go again..just doing the math so far,and I*m up to at least 14...

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    Only MM JP guitars makes me feel like the guitar is playing by itself and sound great, only them
    JP12 Cherry Sugar (Piezo, Inlays, Headstock) Born 05/14/12
    JP7 Pearl Redburst (Piezo, inlays, headstock) Born 02/13/04
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    I've been hooked since my first Morse. And frankly, I've never really been pulled in any other direction no matter how many nice guitars from other manufacturers I play. Not even a conscious choice ... I've just been really, really happy with the instruments and the way the company has treated me.

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    It is an illness that the medical world will eventually recognise but until then we will continue to be ill and keep buying more balls!
    2010 Axis Super Sport BFR Bahama Blue Burst Rosewood fretboard

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    Personally I've never understood the need or want for multiple guitars that are exactly the same. But my brand loyalty is extremely high. Earlier this year I almost went for another brand, but in the end picked the Cutlass after all. A decision I've not regretted in the slightest btw!

    But I don't like the thought of needlessly collecting something, just to own it.

    If I buy a guitar it's to play it.. that's the sole reason.

    In fact, even with "just" (well, actually it's very much "just" around here ) 4 EBMM guitars I've discovered that I start to enjoy each individual one a bit less that in the past where my economy forced me to get by with just one or two instruments.

    I play 2-3 hours each day, and only if I consistently put that kind of time into a single guitar, day after day, do I really start to bond with it and start to know it intimately. With just 4-5 guitars in the house I've discovered that some ends up with very little play time. Almost makes me feel a bit guilty
    1997 - Luke I - Pearl Blue
    2011 - Reflex - Hardtail - White
    2016 - LIII BFR - HSS - Blueberry Burst Quilt
    2017 - Cutlass - SSS - Vintage Turquoise

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    I concur..still use my 1st EBMM geetar..2001 silsp..bought new..modified with graphtec saddles and*s absolutely perfect for it gets played a ton..the rest,wait..the mm90 sport,too....wait..the hbhb sport,hang on...the piezo ss,,,oh,then maybe...etc,etc

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    In the last 10 years I cannot think of another brand/model of guitar that I've played that I wanted to own. Not a single one.
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    Hello, my name is Johnnie and I have an addiction...
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    '97 Axis Sport Transparent Purple
    '05 JP6 Medallion Gold
    '09 Axis Amber Quilt
    '11 JP6 Pearl White
    '11 Axis Purple Quilt
    '12 SM-Y2D Purple Sunset
    '18 Majesty Monarchy Majestic Purple

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    I was hooked from the moment I first put my hands on a JP6 back in 2004
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    From the first time I played an Axis back in the early '00s, I knew that I had to have one eventually. Since I got my first one back in '07, I've had trouble finding non-EBMM guitars that I like or want. In '08, I bought a near-mint Fender HM Strat, which was my dream guitar as a teenager, and while I won't let it go for that reason, it only makes it out of the case a couple of times a year. Last year, I bought a Les Paul, just because I thought I should own one. It hasn't been out of the case in 6-8 months. Every time I get a new guitar, I end up going back to my Axis and wondering why I bothered to buy the new one. The Axis and the new ASS get pretty equal playing time, but nothing else even comes close (though my recently purchased JP70 has stolen a little more time than I expected it to.) Like some of the other posters, I don't see a lot of point in having several identical guitars if you're not a touring musician who needs backups, but I do see the point in owning a lot of different EBMMs.
    My stuff:
    2007 Axis Pacific Blue Burst (9/25/07)
    2016 Axis SS Starry Night PDN (11/23/16)
    2016 Axis SS Semi-Hollow Trans Teal one-off (6/8/16)
    2018 Axis BFR Steel Blue No. 45 (9/18/18)
    2010 JP6 Mystic Dream (6/22/10)
    1989 Fender HM Strat HSS Blackstone
    2016 Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe Caribbean Night
    1995 Washburn N2 Padauk Stain
    2017 Taylor 224ce-K DLX Koa
    SBMM JP70 Trans Purpleburst
    SBMM S.U.B. SB4 Black

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